Are you looking for alternative beaches without the crowds of some of California’s more famous beaches, such as Venice Beach or Malibu? If so, the small city of Costa Mesa is home to just over 110,000 residents and is only one mile from the Pacific Coast, making it the perfect spot for some sunbathing, beach time, or water sports. You can visit three beaches — Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach.

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, which is divided into 20 smaller beaches, is one of the most popular in Costa Mesa. The main beach is located in the middle of town and has two basketball courts at the north end, several volleyball courts, and a lovely boardwalk.

Crescent Bay is located at the north end of Laguna Beach and contains a sandy stretch with some rocky areas in the north and south. The main attraction is Seal Rock, which is home to many seals and sea lions that seek refuge there.

Wood’s Cove is an ideal spot for diving, body surfing, fishing, and exploring the tide pools, although it does get rather crowded in the summer.

Shaw’s Cove is popular for swimming, boogie boarding, skin diving, scuba diving, rock fishing, and surf fishing. Diver’s Cove and Picnic Beach are also good for activities such as swimming, skin diving, scuba diving, and body surfing.

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is east of Costa Mesa and also has almost nine miles of uninterrupted beach sand. The beach is perfect for surfers because of its consistant waves. For that reason, it also hosts the annual U.S. Open of Surfing. Other major events include the Pacific Shoreline Marathon.

The City Beach has the most pristine shoreline, and Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington State Beach are actually stunning state parks that you can visit.

Newport Beach

Newport Beach consists of eight miles of sand and borders Huntington Beach. The Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach is home to a 1,140-acre underwater park that is perfect for snorkelers and scuba divers alike. On the southern edge of the park you can find El Moro, a 2,200-acre canyon that offers 18 miles of hiking, biking, and horse riding trails.

Corona del Mar State Beach has some lovely beaches with numerous coves. It is a family-friendly beach and a great option for swimming.

Balboa Island is a man-made island off Newport Beach that contains a number of smaller beaches. It is also a world-famous surfing and bodysurfing spot.

As you can see, Costa Mesa has some incredible beaches. With all of the choices, there is really something for everybody’s taste, whether you are looking for surfing, swimming, diving, or some family fun. During the summer, don’t forget to reserve your Costa Mesa hotel in advance as rooms soon book up with all those beach paradises on offer. If you would like to find out about special events in Costa Mesa and would like to get tickets, you can check out the website Score Big.

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