If you’re lucky enough to be at the beach, you’re lucky enough.  So the saying goes, and when you’re in Orange County, CA, you must take a trip or two to some of the prettiest beaches that California has to offer.  Here are a few that you won’t want to miss.

Aliso Beach County Park

This beach provides a variety of landscapes.  The park is made up of two distinct areas.  The beach is one area, then you have an inland part that features rocky edges and coastal foothills.  What do you like to do at the beach?  You can do it all here… surfing and paddle boarding, swimming and skin diving.  There’s plenty of sunny, sandy beaches if you prefer to relax in the sun. Aliso Beach has everything!

Capistrano Beach Park

Here’s the beach that offers all kinds of sandy sports and activities.  Play volleyball, basketball, and all kinds of beach recreational activities.  Visit the concessions during the Summer, and you can buy or rent all your beach supplies and fishing gear.  They offer food and beverages, too.  A nice place to take advantage of sports on a sunny day!

Huntington Beach

One visit to Huntington Beach, and you’ll know why they call it “Surf City USA.”  This is where the US Open of Surfing is held.  The City Beach is three and a half miles long, and is bordered on either side by the Bolsa Chica State Beach, and the Huntington State Beach.  So, you’re really getting three beaches in one when you visit Huntington Beach.  Part of the City beach is a designated “Dog Beach” where dogs can frolic in the sand and surf.  Needless to say, there is plenty to do in Huntington Beach…boogie boarding, surfing, volleyball, and nighttime bonfires.  

Newport Beach

Wow!  Ten miles of beaches make up Newport Beach.  If you love the beach, add this to your list of beaches you must visit in Orange County.  Of course, you will enjoy surfing and body boarding, or just lying on the beach in the sand.  If you’re up for some bird watching, or looking for some great hiking trails, visit Newport’s ecological preserve in Upper Newport Bay.

Corona Del Mar State Beach

This beach is also known as “Big Corona Beach.”  It’s a great place for beach sports and divers.  Surfing is big here, along with volleyball.  Stick around for a sunset…you will not be disappointed!  Take the kids to “Little Corona” which features tide pools that the children love.  Little Corona is a great area for snorkeling as well.

Laguna Beach

Under the name of Laguna Beach, there are actually twenty separate coves and beaches along seven miles of the coast in Orange County.  The coves serve as great places to scuba dive and explore the tide pools.  The main beach is right in the middle of everything, and you can go straight from the beach for a little dining or shopping.

Something for Everyone

So, head to the beaches of Orange County, and you’re in for a real treat!  Whatever you like to do at the beach, you can find it here on the coast of California.