When it comes to beaches to explore, Anaheim is ideally located and visitors are spoiled for choice.
Newport Beach- 22 minutes from Disneyland 18.8 miles CA-55 S 40 mins in traffic From small quiet, sandy beaches to "The Wedge" (Jetty View Park) where the surfers hang out, Newport Beach is 22 square miles of great beach. It offers two piers, ferry trips, cruises around the harbor, boat rentals and trips to Catalina Island. There are several public golf courses and the opportunity to "star spot" as many celebrities have homes there. Newport Beach is about 7 miles SW of John Wayne Airport. Near Newport Beach is Balboa Island, a man-made island that was created just prior to World War I. It has its own unique identity and a charm all its own. Corona del Mar in Newport Beach offers beautiful sandy beaches and coves that look like they come right out of a movie set. You actually may have seen these beaches in movie and television productions such as Gilligan's Island and current "made for TV" productions from Disney. For children we recommend: Corona Del Mar State Beach - a popular place for swimmers. The half-mile long sandy beach framed by cliffs and a rock jetty that forms the east entrance to Newport Harbor. The beach is also popular with surfers and divers. The beach can be reached via an access road near the intersection of Iris Street and Ocean Boulevard in Corona del Mar. Entrance fee per vehicle. Hours: 8 am to 8 pm. Facilities: Lifeguards, rest rooms, showers, picnic tables, and fire pits. Also for childrenwe recommend nearby beach at 1813 W Bay Ave. It has small surf in a gorgeous little cove. You may have to pay meters with coins to park and possibly walk a ways on the hot sand. Fun rocks for kids to climb on and tide pools too. Fun to explore around that area.
Long Beach - 45 minutes from Disneyland 39 miles I-105 W 90 minutes in traffic For children we recommend: Mothers Beach at Marine Park on Appian Way at 2nd St. It is located in a marina. The 4-acre Marine Park has volleyballcourts, a play area and picnic sites. Mother's Beach is popular for parents with small children because of the calm waters and nearby lifeguard towers. A colorful playground and interactive whale that shoots water from its spout are fun things for children at Mother's Beach. Restrooms are near theplayground and a grass lawn with large shade trees is perfect for those who don't care for the sand. Cool breezes blow through the area on warm days making this a desirable spot to be. There is a lot with coin parking meters.
Dana Point / Doheney Beach / Capistrano Beach - 40 minutes from Disneyland 33 miles I-5 S 50 minutes in traffic For a romantic setting, Dana Point is where people head. Its panoramic views and natural cover are why people call it "the only romantic spot on the coast." The harbor and marina offer whale watching trips during the migration season. It is home to the Orange County Marine Institute, a fascinating educational visit with display tanks and exhibits. February here is "Festival of the Whales" with plenty of scheduled events and activities. Dana Point is where visitors will also find Doheny State Beach with five acres of picnic facilities, volleyball courts, restaurants, food concessions and showers. It is a popular beach with the local residents and dolphins! If you want to enjoy a few hours watching for these delightful creatures, Dana Point is a great place to spot them. Next to Dana Point is Doheny Beach and the glorious sands of Capistrano Beach, with its hilly backdrop and friendly atmosphere. The beaches here are narrower than other beaches. This is the perfect sand for beach sports, and visitors are likely to find several volleyball games going on. There are a variety of shops offering fishing gear for rent or sale.
Huntington Beach -30 minutes from Disneyland 19 miles CA-22 W to CA-39 S 40 minutes in traffic Huntington Beach is great for families with older teenagers. The long pier is a great "hang out" place, with shopping and plenty of activities, as well as some of the best al fresco dining.
Laguna Beach -33 minutes from Disneyland 25.5 mi I-5 S 50 mins in traffic For over 100 years, the seven miles of Laguna Beach has attracted visitors. That is no surprise; it has some of the most beautiful scenery along the Southern California coast. It is a great beach for children, with the best tide pools for exploring and excellent diving. It also sees some of the best sunsets so it is worth staying a little longer. Along the Laguna Beach area, you will find a variety of smaller, beautiful beaches, such as Sleepy Hollow, near the center of downtown Laguna Beach. There is an ocean shelf here that is popular with swimmers; the reef at the south end makes excellent waves for body boarding. If you enjoy South Laguna, the 1,000 Steps Beach is another fantastic beach. It is not really 1,000 steps; it just looks like it! This hidden gem is a great body surfing and volleyball beach, as well as a haven for surfers. North of Laguna is the coastal cliffs and beaches of Crystal Cove. It is well known as a rural setting without the urban build-up of other areas. The area is also a haven for hiking, biking and horse riding. Just off-shore is an underwater park for snorkeling and scuba diving. At the Crystal Cove State Park, visitors will find an excellent, rustic campsite. The Laguna area has many more great local beaches. To the north are Irvine Cove, Shaw's Cove, Boat Canyon, Crescent Bay, Rockpile, Picnic Beach and Diver's Cove. In the center of Laguna Beach are Main Beach, Sleepy Hollow, Thalia Street, St Ann's Street, Oak Street, Brook's Street and Mountain Road Beach. South Laguna Beach includes Pearl Street, Bluebird Canyon, Moss Point, Rockledge, Treasure Island, Wood's Cove and Victoria Beach. It's easy to get around the area by walking. The downtown area is great for shopping, art galleries and restaurants and it's within an easy stroll of the beach. You'll have so much fun exploring Laguna! Visitors find perfect beaches, no matter what they are seeking.
Seal Beach - 26 minutes from Disneyland 21 miles CA-22 W 40 minutes in traffic Seal Beach will make anyone's list of the best beaches around Anaheim. This is not just because of the actual beach but also the great facilities and area around it. Seal Beach is a family-friendly place with great shopping, excellent restaurants, and activities such as fishing from the charming pier area.