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Corona del Mar

Perched above the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean, Corona del Mar lives up to its name, “Crown of the Sea.” Locals call it “CdM,” and though the chic hamlet is part of Newport Beach, it has an aesthetic all its own, with vintage cottages and stunning new houses side-by-side on flower-named residential streets. Visitors can enjoy restaurants like the Quiet Woman, Pirozzi Corona Del Mar and Zinc Cafe & Market, or stroll the expansive grounds at Sherman Library and Gardens. There’s plenty of shopping to be done along PCH as well. Brides-to-be will want to visit The White Dress while those with a taste for luxury should check out On Que Style, the insider’s spot for flawless resale.

Go Big (or Little)

The typically gentle waves as Big Corona (Corona del Mar State Beach) make the destination great for swimming, with volleyball courts and fire pits adding to the fun. The crystal-clear water at Little Corona is great for snorkeling, as well as spotting sea urchins and anemones in the tidepools.

Tidepools

Observe the colorful critters you spot swaying and swimming beneath the calm iridescent waters of Little Corona’a tidepools. If you’re lucky, you might even see an octopus! Friendly reminder, Little Corona is a no-take preserve, so please never pick up animals, shells, or rocks from the tidepools …. observe them where they are.

Landmark Decisions

Make the charming Goldenrod Footbridge, built-in 1928, part of your stroll to the park along Ocean Boulevard. Take the stairs set into the bluffs above Big Corona down to Pirates Cove to explore the cliffs and caves featured on the TV classic Gilligan’s Island. Coast down the hill toward the ocean on Marquerite Avenue at sunset.

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The Village in CdM is clustered along Pacific Coast Highway from Carnation to Poppy (all the streets in Corona del Mar are named after flowers) with the best locations just minutes away from one another. We are sharing the inside scoop on some of the best spots to eat, shop, move, and simply appreciate in this locally-loved neighborhood. Read More>

FAQs

What is Crystal Cove State Park Best Known For?

Nestled between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove State Park offers 3.2 miles of pristine coastline and 2,400 acres of native wilderness. The backcountry’s 18 miles of winding trails are perfect for hiking, biking, or equestrian use. Down at the shoreline, three beach areas include tide pools, a Marine Protected Area, and the Historic District with 46 restored cottages available for overnight rental and educational use.

Do I Have to Stay to Play at The Pelican Hill Golf Course?

An overnight stay is not required to play at the Tom Fazio-designed, which boasts 36 holes with jaw-dropping views of the Pacific. The Ocean North Course promises ocean vistas from every tee, while the Ocean South Course brings players right to the water’s edge. Golf getaway packages, available with a minimum night stay, offer world-class accommodations with amenities including a golf cart, golf club rentals, practice balls, and more.

What Time Can I Golf at the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course?

Irvine’s first public golf course, Rancho San Joaquin, has daily tee times from 6:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. It also offers a late-night practice facility, with the driving range open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday until 5:45 p.m., and Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until 11 p.m.

What Are Some Hotels Near Corona Del Mar?

Just north of Corona del Mar and a stone’s throw from Fashion Island, visitors will find VEA Newport Beach (formerly the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa) and the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. To the south, the five-star Resort at Pelican Hill offers luxury accommodations, a 36-hole golf club, a Mediterranean-inspired spa, and award-winning restaurants.

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