With forty-two miles of coastline, Orange County, California is a beach-lovers paradise. With six beach cities in Orange County, selecting which beach you visit can be a daunting task. To help you narrow your selection, we have created a list that highlights the features of three standout beaches: Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach.
Huntington Beach is one of Orange County’s most vibrant beach cities. With an expansive eight miles of beautiful, unbroken sand beaches, it is a popular destination for both visitors and locals. If you are seeking dining venues, the Huntington Beach Pier offers an expansive selection of restaurants and bars. The pier also contains many shops where you can purchase anything from Huntington Beach apparel to unique crafts. In terms of accommodation, Huntington Beach offers beachfront properties, which range from luxury resorts to moderately priced hotels. Huntington Beach also has unique attractions like the U.S. Open Surfing Championships, which usually occurs the least week of July. There is also the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, which is a great place to visit if you enjoy exploring nature.
Our second beach recommendation in Orange County is Newport Beach. This beach is divided into four distinct areas: the long unbroken Newport/Balboa Beach, the large Corona del Mar Beach, the smaller Little Corona Beach (which offers some the best tide pools), and a large undeveloped beach area with ample parking options.
The Balboa Peninsula beach has two pier areas, the Newport Pier and the Balboa Pier. Both piers contain an excellent variety of shops and dining options. Nearby the Balboa Pier is the iconic Balboa Pavilion and a small amusement area -- the Balboa Fun Zone. There is also the Balboa Ferry that shuttles cars and pedestrians to Balboa Island.
If you wish to stay on the beach, Newport Beach has mostly smaller hotels and vacation rentals. However, you can find larger hotels inland on the bay or in the Newport Center area.
Another favorite is the picturesque beach city, Laguna Beach. There is a beach in the Downtown area and many cove beaches as the city stretch south. Laguna Beach is distinctly renown for its numerous art galleries, museums, and art festivals (such as the annual Sawdust Festival). It also has the famous “Pageant of the Masters” every summer where actors recreate classic pictures.When you visit any of these outstanding beaches ensure that you reserve a room at the Ayres Hotel located within each of these three beach cities. When you select Ayres, you choose comfort and convenience, which will only enhance your relaxing beach getaway.