Beach sights in Orange County Beaches
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Just south of Balboa Peninsula is Corona del Mar, a ritzy bedroom community on the privileged eastern flanks of the Newport Channel with plenty of upscale stores and restaurants. Corona del Mar State Beach lies at the foot of the cliffs. Locals enjoy impromptu, not quite legal, cocktail parties at Lookout Point, perched above the beach.
The 3.5 miles of open beach and 2000 acres of undeveloped woodland at this state beach let you forget you're in a crowded metropolitan area, at least once you get past the parking lots and stake out a place on the sand. Everyone thought the hilltops were part of the state park until the Irvine Company, the actual landowner, bulldozed them to make room for McMansions that are the dream of many an OC resident.