From the high blufftop to the secluded sandy beach, Corona del Mar State Beach is an inspirational place to take your little one for some undistracted time with the family. Large rocks at the water’s edge and small waves make this section of Newport Beach feel exotic.
Atmosphere: Corona del Mar has million-dollar houses built into the hillside and a high-end village lining Coast Highway. The calm beach is popular among swimmers and other athletes, who get their exercise running the boardwalk and up the hill to Inspiration Point.
Parking and Entrance: If you’re lugging lots of baby gear, it’s worth paying the high fee to park in the sea-level lot. Otherwise, you’ll be doing some serious hiking down to the beach from the streets above.
Nice Walks and Views: For a view of this movie-worthy beach, stop at Inspiration Point and let baby run her fingers across the memorial plaque. Be sure to take a quick stroll along the ½ mile-long boardwalk once you’ve made it to the sand.
Activities for Toddlers: Particularly adventurous toddlers may want to climb the rocks or explore the jetties that frame this beach. The protected waters are also perfect for beginning waders.
Bathrooms: Bathrooms and showers are near the parking lot.
Perks for Parents: For some underwater alone time, dive right from the shore at Little Corona, south of the state beach.
Where to Stay with Kids: As Corona del Mar isn’t really a destination in itself, stay further north in Newport Beach on the Balboa Peninsula.
Baby-friendly Restaurants: Head to Coast Highway for some local, well-to-do flavor and a pastry on the patio of Rose Bakery and Café.
What Else to Do: If baby falls asleep in the car seat, take a walk through the peaceful gardens of Sherman Library. Or, find some organic veggies to mash for dinner at Saturday’s farmer’s market.