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Corona Del Mar

Corona del Mar (Spanish for Crown of the Sea) is a part of the City of Newport Beach. Located 50 miles south of Los Angeles, 4 miles west of John Wayne Airport and 70 miles north of San Diego, it is nestled on and at the foot of the San Joaquin Hills fronting the Pacific Ocean. Corona del Mar ranges along a bluff at the south end of Newport Beach and includes some of the city’s most prestigious residential areas.

Streets of Corona del Mar are named after flowers, and run in alphabetical order from Acacia to Poppy, each lined with a different variety of trees. Beautiful flower gardens on each street display the flower from which the street is named.

BEACHES: Corona del Mar offers beautiful sand beach 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. On the hills above the beaches stand houses and windy roads and a look out point to enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and bay. Here is a list of beaches in this little stretch of paradise.

Bayside Drive County Beach -in Corona del Mar, at Ocean Boulevard and Fern leaf Avenue. Free street parking. Hours: 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: Rest rooms.

Crystal Cove State Park -On north side of Laguna Beach, at the end of Crescent Bay Drive. Free street parking. Open: 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: Lifeguards and rest rooms.

Corona Del Mar State Beach - Corona del Mar State Beach is 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. Open 8 am to 8 pm Facilities: Lifeguards, rest rooms, showers, picnic tables, and fire pits.

Little Corona del Mar Beach -in Corona del Mar, at Ocean Boulevard and Poppy Avenue. Free street parking. Open: 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: None.

Rocky Point -in Corona del Mar, at Ocean Boulevard and Harbor Channel. Free street parking. Open: 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: None.

History: Plans for Corona del Mar at the turn of the 20th century were as a vacation resort destination. George Hart bought 347 acres of gorgeous coastline from the Irvine Company for summer cottages. His concept quickly changed in 1904 when visitors came to play and wouldn’t leave so perfect a spot. Until the late 1920’s, Corona del Mar was a tiny village reached from the peninsula by small boat at high tide, or by a muddy dirt road that crossed the Irvine Ranch and continued along the bluffs around Newport Upper Bay. With the opening of Pacific Coast Highway in 1926 (Mary Pickford & Douglas Fairbanks were there for the ribbon cutting), a period of slow growth began, not accelerating until after World War II.

In 1928, the Corona del Mar Surfboard Club hosted the Pacific Coast Surfboard Championship. The club was the largest of its kind in the United States with members such as surfing greats Duke Kahanamoku, Tom Blade of Redondo, Gerrard and Art Vultee of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, and other world class surfers who brought international attention to Southern California beaches. An extension of the jetties in the late 1930’s ended the "Killer Break" on the east side Corona del Mar and led to the emergence of the popular but dangerous break known as the "Wedge" to the west on the Newport Peninsula. It also led to the demise of surfing popularity in Corona del Mar. Explore the tide pools at Crystal Cove. It is an ecologically sensitive region so treat it kindly. Sherman Library and Gardens on Pacific Coast Highway offers tours of beautiful flower and plant gardens. There are also art galleries and unique shops running along Pacific Coast Highway in scenic Corona del Mar.

Inspiration Point includes views of the Newport Bay and Catalina Island. The location includes a cove below which has been used in the opening of Gilligan's Island and other film projects. There's a public beach here with a bronze sculpture of a Sea Lion and her baby.

Along the city's primary artery, Pacific Coast Highway, is the landmark Five Crowns Restaurant. It was built in 1935 as a copy of Ye Olde Bell, an Inn at Hurley-on-the-Thames, England. It has been a residence and an inn, it has been forsaken and neglected, and now operates as a popular, fine restaurant.

For additional in depth information Corona Del Mar beaches visit: www.beachcalifornia.com/cdm.html