Explore the Orange County Beaches
Located just off Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highwah or PCH), Dana Point is home to a stunning cove and panoramic, seaside views. Famous explorer of the 1800s Richard Henry Dana deemed Dana Point one of the most romantic spots in California during his trip aboard the Pilgrim in 1835.
The city's moniker, Surf City USA®, pretty much says it all. From surfwear shops and local wave-rider hangouts to suntanned surfers in search of that perfect wave, you can't help but dive into this beach town's infectious surf culture.
This seaside community was discovered by a group of landscape painters in the 1920s and quickly became a destination of choice for the artistically inclined. With posh hillside mansions, trendy shopping areas and a rugged coastline of cliffs leading to secluded sandy beaches, it's a great place to discover hidden gems and relax in a low-key setting.
Newport Beach is filled with miles of sandy beaches, the largest small craft yacht harbor in the United States, championship golf courses and a variety of aquatic recreational activities, including kayaking in the Newport Back Bay and relaxing on a chartered harbor cruise.
San Clemente’s charming ambiance and Spanish-style architecture evoke images of the Mediterranean. Drive or take the train in and enjoy the leisurely pace, pristine beaches, friendly sidewalk cafés and family activities, such as an annual sand castle contest.
Serving as the northern gateway to Orange County's 42 miles of beaches, this quiet, down-to-earth community is the perfect escape. Seal Beach is named after the seals that once frequented its coastline. Today, the city is filled with quaint neighborhoods and hometown appeal.