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 .
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