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Best Surfing Beaches

Strands- Dana Point
San Clemente Pier- San Clemente
T-Street- San Clemente
San Clemente State Beach- San Clemente
Calafia- San Clemente
Old Man's- San Clemente
Trestles- San Clemente
Cottons Point- San Clemente

Best Picnic Beaches

Doheny State Park- Dana Point Harbor
Baby Beach- Dana Point Harbor
San Clemente Pier- San Clemente
North Beach- San Clemente
Hole-In-The-Fence- Dana Point

Best Bikini Beaches

Salt Creek State Beach- Dana Point
San Clemente Pier- San Clemente
Strands- Dana Point
Best Nude Beach

Trail 6- San Onofre- San Clemente

Best Secluded Beaches

Lost Winds- San Clemente
Linda Lane- San Clemente
Riviera- San Clemente

Best Camping Beaches

Doheny State Beach- Dana Point

San Clemente State Beach- San Clemente

Surf/Weather Information:
(949) 492-1011/1012

Beach Tours

OC WildLife & Beach Tour
See the hidden treasures in Orange County? A 4-hour land tour through paradise! See the beauty of Southern California Beaches, see seals & sea lions up close, explore the sea life in the tide pools, or experience a nature preserve where you can see thousands of migrating birds. Learn about the importance of wildlife & conservation. See the quaint town of Laguna Beach with its fabulous restaurants and shops. Tour in a luxury mini coach or passenger van.



Golden Glow -Strands Beach, Dana Point, CA
©Cliff Wassmann



Clearing Skies - Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach, Ca
©Cliff Wassmann



Surfer & Dolphins - Laguna Beach, Ca
©Cliff Wassmann





Dana Point Marine Life Refuge-
offers a docent-led tidepool exploration as well as a touch-tank at the Orange County Marine Institute. The tidepools are accessible at various
times depending on the tide. For tide schedules & special programs call (949) 496-2274.

Doheny Marine Life Refuge-
has small tidepools, you should make sure the tide is low when you visit otherwise, you won't see much. For tide schedules
& specifics call (949) 496-6172

Crystal Cove State Beach between Newport Beach & Laguna Beach-
has a long stretch of viewable tidepools with active sea life as well as an underwater park extending 120 feet off shore. Many interactive programs are available.
For schedules call (949) 494-3539.

Laguna Beach Marine Life Refuge, Ecological Reserve & Underwater Park-
stretches from Seal Rock, viewable from Crescent Bay Drive south to Bird Rock just past Aster Street in Laguna Beach. The Laguna Tidepools Natural
Reserve is considered a divers paradise which provides a more proactive approach, to discovering the marine life along our coast. (949) 494-6572.




Sea Anemone -Marine Life Refuge - Dana Point, CA
©Cliff Wassmann


  • Never remove animals, shells or rocks from the tidepools

  • Never pick up animals..observe them where they are.

  • Walk gently, taking care not to step on plants or animals.

  • Never turn over rocks.

  • Never Pick up moving shells.

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