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“Big Corona”

Corona Del Mar State Beach
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

It's a beautiful beach at the foot of some seriously scenic cliffs, accessible by long sloping ramps at both ends, and a driveway on the north side. Lifeguards on duty in season. The parking fee ($15/day) is a little outrageous, so lots of folks park on residential streets up along the top on Ocean Blvd., creating a nuisance for many local residents. There's a curfew and restrictions on dogs and on beach fires (now under intense discussion by Coastal Commission and Newport Beach city government), so it's highly regulated. The restrooms (2 major facilities) and the restaurant (really more of a hamburger stand, no alcohol, and only open in season) have been upgraded in recent years, and there's even lawn area. I know some out-of-towners are disappointed when they come to Corona del Mar (actually a part of Newport Beach) and do not find oceanfront dining. I direct them further north on Pacific Coast Highway to Mariners Mile or to the Balboa Peninsula (also part of the city of Newport Beach) or south to the city of Laguna Beach if they want to get out of town .

2  Thank Julee59
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

There was no charge when we arrived around 5:30pm on a Friday night. We set up a nice fire in the fire pits. My sons enjoyed climbing the rocks which had some small cave like overhangs and can watch the boats leaving Newport harbor.

2  Thank Brendan A
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

The views from the cliff are tremendous and wandering down the rocks to Pirate's Cove or walking to the quaint Little Corona cove with the scenic views and uppity homes with landscaping... Very relaxing and inspiring.

Thank Greg J
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Park on Ocean Boulevard and carry your beach gear 5 minutes down the ramp to save $15 on parking in the lot. The bacon lettuce tomato avocado sandwich at the cafe is actually quite good, as is the breakfast burrito.

The beach is wonderful with some mild waves that are very easy and fun to ride. Lifeguards were on duty when I went, as well as rescue boats a few hundred feet out.

2  Thank Alan G
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

As with many California beaches, this is a great place to take your family. This beach has free parking nearby, unlike others that do not. The beach itself is nice, but I like to sit at the park on the benches, you can watch the boats go by, people watch, relax & read. What a nice way to spend an afternoon.

1  Thank MarilynKay16
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