Beginning at Long Beach and spanning southward, the coastline of Orange County features miles and miles of beaches. However, locations that appeal to surfers fall far short from what parents of small children consider ideal. When contemplating taking your little ones out for some fun in the sun, travel to one of these destinations that parents believe represent some of the best kids beaches in Orange County, California for 2013. As most locations remain wide-open spaces, pack the sunscreen and perhaps a portable canopy like shelter.
Many believe that Aliso remains one of the best family beaches in Orange County and undoubtedly, many families will travel to the location in 2013. A metered parking lot lies close to the sand. The beachfront offers clean bathrooms and showers along with a kids playground and fire rings. Aliso also has a concession stand that serves beverages and fast foods. Tide pools provide the chance for little ones to encounter and learn about native marine life. Swimming, paddle boarding and sand castle building are but some of the many activities enjoyed here. The destination also conveniently lies within close proximity to the downtown area of Laguna Beach.
Families consider this location one of the best kids beaches for many different reasons that include the small town atmosphere of the local community. Unlike many other coastal beaches, Capistrano offers a narrower stretch of sand bordered by beautiful hillside cliffs. The paved parking lot has room for over 100 cars. Though narrower than some coastal destinations, the length of Capistrano features a lighted basketball court, seven volleyball courts and fire rings along with bathrooms and showers. The concession building provides numerous beverages, fast foods and snacks in addition to beach supplies and bike, roller blade and surfboard rentals.
Huntington City Beach
When looking to travel to a location offering a variety of activities, Huntington City Beach of Orange County fills the bill. The beach spans over three miles in length and lies close to the center of the downtown area. Visitors find a large metered parking area along with restrooms, showers and concession stands. The Adventure Playground offers a nice selection of creative playground equipment for children aged five to 12. Play a game of beach volleyball on one of the many courts or roast hot dogs over a fire. Watch the surfers or go fishing off the pier for everything from bass to sardines. As the large waves break long before coming toward shore, Huntington remains one of the safest beaches for swimming. A paved walkway extends for over eight miles for the enjoyment of cyclists and walkers. On the north end of the beach lies the “dog beach” where four-legged family members are free to romp. Plan an extended stay, as a campground lies within close proximity.
Little Corona del Mar Beach
Travel to this beach in 2013 for one of the best views along the coast. The beauty of Little Corona del Mar Beach often attracts photography enthusiasts. At low tide, the terrain includes a series of interesting tidal pools that harbor anemones, hermit crabs and mussels along with starfish. Junior marine biologists provide children with information concerning the life found here. Another area of the small, secluded beach features unusual alcoves and rock formations. The limited size of the destination makes monitoring children’s activity easy and though small, the beach has lifeguards on duty. The area also remains free of dangerous waves. The beach has a paid parking lot, but many prefer parking along the community streets. The beach has portable potties, but does not have concession stands or other eateries, so pack beverages, food or snacks.
Lying along the coast of San Clemente, North Beach offers parking right near the sand. This means convenience for parents having towels, clothing changes, beach toys and numerous other gear required for a day out with the kids. When tired of playing in the sand and the water, children have the option of frolicking on the playground. The area also features clean, modern restrooms and showers. Enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or roast marshmallows over one of the fire rings. On the pier, south of the pier and on T-street there are a variety of snack bars and eateries. Save money on parking by arriving before 9:00 am, Monday - Friday, choose spaces by the Metrolink station, and pay only $1.00 for the entire day. The passing trains also add to the attractions enjoyed by youngsters.
Ruby Beach-Balboa Island
For a fun and interesting day out with the kids, travel along Marine Avenue to Balboa Island. Part of the Newport Beach community in Orange County, the Ruby Beach lies along the bay, providing the perfect location for youngsters to play in the water without fearing large waves. The destination features playgrounds, restrooms and convenient nearby parking. Newport Harbor also serves as a favorite spot for a variety of marine life and kids thrill at the sight of the dolphins and sea lions. The family friendly island has a number of fun-filled eateries that include a candy store and an ice cream shop that appeal to guests of all ages. The island plans a number of events for 2013 that include a children’s sandcastle building contest and boat parades.
The parking lot of Seal Beach also lies conveniently close to the sand and the fee for an entire day only runs around $5.00. Park near the pier and enjoy the charming fenced in playground that appeals to the youngest of guests. Visitors rarely encounter crowds at this family orientated area. Kids also enjoy watching the fishermen and boats from the pier. Older children might try their hand at fishing. Other location amenities include well-kept, modern bathrooms. When mealtime comes around, families find restaurants and shops on Main Street. The end of the pier also has a popular diner. [Top]
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