Hidden Orange County Beaches

They are not really hidden, but people could spend years living in Southern California and never notice these Orange Country beaches. Located in residential areas, they are not visible from any road and the signs announcing their entrances are unobtrusive. They are among California's most pleasant and beautiful swimming beaches.

At the top is Laguna Beach's Crescent Bay Beach, reached via steep steps near the north end of Cliff Drive, just off Pacific Coast Highway. The picture is from Crescent Bay Point Park, a spectacular picnic spot just above of the beach on Crescent Bay Drive.

The bottom picture above is the Robert Badham (or, more popularly, "Little Corona") Marine Life Refuge. Its entrance is nearly hidden at the south end of Ocean Boulevard in the Corona del Mar area of Newport Beach. With some luck you can find free street parking within a few blocks of both beach entrances.

Nearby, at the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Orchid Avenue, is the tiny park and viewpoint called "Inspiration Point." From there, the view (below) of Corona del Mar State Beach and the entrance to Newport Bay is quite pretty.