Enjoying “The Crown of the Sea”- Corona del Mar Day Trip Itinerary

While technically a part of Newport Beach, Corona del Mar (“The Crown of the Sea”) has an identity all its own. With its hip village, beautiful cliffside views, gorgeous beaches, and upscale feel Corona del Mar is a great place to spend a peachy day.

Start your day at Sherman Library and Gardens

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Sherman Gardens is a peaceful little sanctuary right in the middle of the bustling village. A wide variety of plants are tucked into this small garden, including an orchid garden, cactus garden, fern grotto, koi pond, tea garden and more. It is a lovely place to stroll.  The library is housed in a charming old adobe. It is a research library focusing mostly on the development of Southern California. The books themselves probably aren’t a big draw unless you are researching something particular, but it is interesting to peek inside. There is also a café, a gift shop, and plenty of free parking on site.

Head to Corona del Mar State Beach

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If you’re traveling light, you can take the delightful walk down Goldenrod Ave with it’s soaring palm trees and flower-covered pedestrian bridge down to Lookout point and then find the steps down to the beach.

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But if you require more accouterments for a beach day, you can drive down and park at the beach. Corona del Mar State Beach (also known as “Big Corona” by locals) is wide and sandy with gentle waves, making it popular with families.

Lunch at Tackle Box Restaurant

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With offerings like Buffalo Cauliflower and Pork Belly Bahn Mi, Tackle Box isn’t your normal beach snack shack. Then again, you wouldn’t expect it to be with Chef Brian Huskey of Top Chef running the place. Unexpected ingredients, great flavors, and convenient location right on Corona del Mar State Beach, make this a great place to grab a bite.

After lunch, continue to enjoy the beach to your heart’s content.


Climb Over the Rocks to Pirate’s Cove

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Eventually,  you might want to scramble over the rocks on the north side of the beach to find Pirate’s Cove. The cove fronts to the harbor, which makes it a great place to swim without pesky waves. It’s also rumored to be where they filmed Gilligan’s Island!

Explore the Shops of Corona del Mar Village

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Walk the Village, being sure to stop in for a treat at B Candy (See Yelp Reviews), which is a treat for the eyes as well as the tummy. The interior is a candy wonderland that sells house-made ice cream, cupcakes, and cookies and a large variety of rare candies.

We also recommend checking out the stylish clothes at Red Fox, finding the perfect vintage dress at Recycled Rags  (Yelp Reviews),  and toy shopping at Wee Loft (Yelp Reviews).

Dinner at Pirozzi

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Pirozzi has delicious pastas, pizzas, and salads with a nice ambiance. The windows open completely (though your view is PCH), which gives the restaurant a fun, airy feeling. Try the butternut sage ravioli!

Finish your night with a movie at the Port Theater

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The Port Theater isn’t any old movie theater. Built in the late 1940’s, this movie theater has been painstakingly renewed into a unique luxury theater with full kitchen and bar. Just hope that you like what’s playing because there is only one screen!



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