How fitting that Pirate's
Cove (technically part of Big Corona or Main Beach) has been used for
filming of movies and TV shows that include island settings! Accessed by
the same parking lot as Corona del Mar beach, the coves are popular places to
wander and explore, and oftentimes, you may see some cameras, lights and action.
Offering a setting that could be practically any locale with an island and rock
cliffs, the location and Newport Beach are certainly known in the film industry.
Many famous actors and directors have lived in Corona del Mar and today, films
and TV shows also include Newport Beach and Corona del Mar as part of the story
A set of steps from Ocean
Blvd. lead to a small shaded, picnic area with grassy lawns, barbecue grills,
picnic tables located next to the sandstone rocks you can climb to get to
Pirate's Cove, just around the bend.
Undulating sandstone cliffs that front the bay and a few
small caves provide easy rock climbing for young and old. You can easily access the
rocks from an overlook and climb down them to the cove, but be cautious. There
are several drop-offs that could be dangerous for small children or those who
lack steady footing. Down in the coves, people love to look at the walls of the
rocks, play in the shallow beaches where the tide washes in, the coves are often
frequented by kayakers taking a break in their bay sports activities.
Pirate's Cove is not very
private, however. You can look down from the rocks to see most areas of it, and
over at the West Jetty Park, people stand and can easily watch the people in
Pirate's Cove (and vice versa). It's mainly a fun place to explore and as you
scavenge across the tucked away beaches of Corona del Mar. The currents are very
gentle and subtle there, too, because the cove sits inside the Newport Beach
bay, protected by the set of jetties that were built in the 1920's to create a
pleasure harbor for watercraft.