Corona del Mar (Spanish for Crown of the Sea)
is a part of the City of Newport Beach. Located 50 miles south of Los
Angeles, 4 miles west of John Wayne Airport and 70 miles north of San Diego,
it is nestled on and at the foot of the San Joaquin Hills fronting the
Pacific Ocean. Corona del Mar ranges along a bluff at the south end of
Newport Beach and includes some of the city’s most prestigious residential
areas. When you stand on the hilltop bluff park and look out to the Newport
Harbor and Pacific Ocean, you'll be treated to some of California's most
romantic beach views. That's why the parks in Corona del Mar are sought out
for weddings and romantic proposals. But parking is limited and there is
basically no way to prohibit the public from sharing the parks that lead
down to Corona del Mar State Beach, so with that in mind, you'll need a
permit, but don't get your hopes up for a big ceremony here.
Besides being romantic,
locals love their baby dogs (we've seen many a visitor to the parks calling
their dog "baby") so you'll be glad to know that if you love your baby,
you're in good company in dog
friendly Corona del Mar. It actually is part of Newport Beach, so
the city run beaches allow dogs on the beach from 5:01 p.m. to 8:59 a.m.
Streets of Corona del Mar are named after flowers, and run in alphabetical
order from Acacia to Poppy, each lined with a different variety of trees.
Beautiful flower gardens on each street display the flower from which the
street is named. And the ultimate flower gardens in the city reside in the
Sherman Library & Gardens, open to the public.
Library and Gardens on Pacific Coast Highway offers tours of
beautiful flower and plant gardens. There are also art galleries
and unique shops running along Pacific Coast Highway in scenic Corona del
BEACHES: Corona del Mar offers beautiful sand beach and coves that look like
they come right out of a movie set. You actually may have seen these beaches
in movie and television productions such as Gilligan's Island and current
"made for TV" productions from Disney. On the hills above the beaches stand
houses and windy roads and a look out point to enjoy spectacular views of
the Pacific Ocean and bay. Here is a list of beaches in this little stretch
County Beach -in Corona del Mar, at Ocean
Boulevard and Fernleaf Avenue. Free street parking. Hours:
6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: Rest rooms.
State Park - On north side of Laguna Beach, at
the end of Crescent Bay Drive. Free street parking. Open: 6
am to 10 pm. Facilities: Lifeguards and rest rooms.
Corona Del Mar State Beach - Corona del Mar State Beach
is a popular place for swimmers. The half-mile long sandy beach framed
by cliffs and a rock jetty that forms the east entrance to Newport Harbor.
The beach is also popular with surfers and divers. The beach can be reached
via an access road near the intersection of Iris Street and Ocean Boulevard
in Corona del Mar. Entrance fee per vehicle. Open 8 am to 8 pm Facilities:
Lifeguards, rest rooms, showers, picnic tables, and fire pits.
Little Corona del Mar Beach -in Corona
del Mar, at Ocean Boulevard and Poppy Avenue. Free street parking.
Open: 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: None.
Rocky Point -in Corona del Mar, at Ocean
Boulevard and Harbor Channel. Free street parking. Open: 6 am to
10 pm. Facilities: None.
History: Plans for Corona del Mar at the turn
of the 20th century were as a vacation resort destination. On June 29, 1904
George Hart signed an agreement with the Irvine Ranch for the purchase of a
706.08-acre corner of land on the Irvine Ranch for summer
cottages. His concept quickly changed in 1904 when visitors came to play
and wouldn’t leave so perfect a spot. Until the late 1920’s, Corona del
Mar was a tiny village reached from the peninsula by small boat at high
tide, or by a muddy dirt road that crossed the Irvine Ranch and continued
along the bluffs around Newport Upper Bay. With the opening of Pacific
Coast Highway in 1926 (Mary Pickford & Douglas Fairbanks were there
for the ribbon cutting), a period of slow growth began, not accelerating
until after World War II.
In 1928, the Corona del Mar Surfboard Club hosted the
Pacific Coast Surfboard Championship. The club was the largest of its kind
in the United States with members such as surfing greats Duke Kahanamoku,
Tom Blade of Redondo, Gerrard and Art Vultee of the Los Angeles Athletic
Club, and other world class surfers who brought international attention
to Southern California beaches. An extension of the jetties in the late
1930’s ended the "Killer Break" on the east side Corona del Mar and led
to the emergence of the popular but dangerous break known as the "Wedge"
to the west on the Newport Peninsula. It also led to the demise of surfing
popularity in Corona del Mar. Explore the tidepools at Crystal Cove. It
is an ecologically sensitive region so treat it kindly.
Inspiration Point includes
views of the Newport Bay and Catalina Island. The location includes
a cove below which has been used in the opening of Gilligan's Island
and other film projects. There's a public beach here with a bronze sculpture
of a Sea Lion and her baby.
Where to eat:
One of Corona del Mar's finest restaurants is the located along the city's primary artery, Pacific Coast Highway. Five Crowns Restaurant was built in 1935 as a copy
of Ye Olde Bell, an Inn at Hurley-on-the-Thames, England. It has been a
residence and an inn, it has been forsaken and neglected, and now operates
as a popular, fine restaurant where prime rib is absolutely out of this world
delicious. It is probably the best in the Southern California.
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