One of the best favors you can ever do for yourself is to play hooky for the day and head to Corona del Mar State Beach in Newport Beach, California. The park was established in 1947 and is a marine protected area (no collecting of the tidepool animals, please). It’s also a place so serene, particularly during the week now that fall is here, that you may not want to leave.
It’s a 53 mile drive south of Los Angeles that races by unless you have the unfortunate luck of hitting one of the many possible construction snags on the 405. However, all driving frustrations melt away as you turn onto Ocean Boulevard and get your first experience of the sparkling vista before you. The water shimmers and the beach is pristine—almost too beautiful to believe.
Parking is $15 if you decide to follow Breakers Drive down onto the beach. You can also easily park for free on Ocean Boulevard and then make your way down the winding road (or staircase, if you are so inclined). Be warned that hiking back up takes some stamina (particularly if you have a lot of beach gear), so if you aren’t physically up to it, the parking fee for the day may well be worth it.
Grab the gang for a fantastic day trip with the girls, or wander down to the beach for some solitude. Either way, you will not regret this gem of a getaway.