Off-Campus Activities : Beaches
Whether you like to spend the day laying in the sun, or just walk the boardwalk of Venice, you are a short distance from several beautiful beaches. Each beach has it’s own unique flare — see the local art shows in Laguna or hang with true beach bums in Malibu — your new favorite beach is waiting!
Bolsa Chica State Beach
Catalina is 26 miles off the California coast. Passenger boat service year-round from both Long Beach and San Pedro harbors to Catalina Island are available. There are miles of beaches and the festive town of Avalon. Bargains or souvenirs can be found in shops in Avalon. Don’t miss the stately Wrigley Mansion, former home of the chewing gum family who owned Catalina for a while.
Corona del Mar
This beach is backed by short cliffs. It is rocky and a handsome place with a tidal pool and caves to explore. Facilities include barbeque pits and volleyball courts. Corona del Mar is south of Newport Beach, at the mouth of Newport Harbor. Jasmine Avenue and Ocean Boulevard intersect near the beach.
Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park is 3.5 miles of unspoiled beach. 2,000 acres of undeveloped woodland, which is popular for hiking and horseback riding. Park rangers conduct nature walks on Saturday mornings. It is located off Highway 1, midway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach.
At Dana Point’s marina, you will find marine-oriented shops and restaurants. A nearby hillside park is also a popular spot, with cycling and walking trails.
Dockweiler State Beach
8255 Vista del Mar (just west of LAX), Playa del Rey
Four miles of sandy beach including campground, playground, bike trail, barbecue pits. Surfing, swimming, diving, fishing, picnicking. Paid and street parking, bus stop, easy access, year-round lifeguard, rest rooms, showers.
Beach Blvd (Highway 39) and Hwy 1 intersect at Huntington Beach.
State Beach: (714) 536-1454, City Beach: (714) 536-5281
The newly constructed Huntington Pier juts out 1800 feet into the Pacific Ocean from Main Street and is the centerpiece of Huntington’s resort area. Just across Pacific Coast Hwy from the pier, the Pierside Pavilion has shops, a restaurant, a nightclub and a theatre complex. Huntington Beach is also the home to the International Surfing Museum which is home to a collection of some of the most significant artifacts in the history of surfing. With surf music and videos playing in the background, you’ll be in the mood to view the many fine exhibits.
Marina del Rey Beach
Small boat marina and sandy beach at the end of Basin D; swimming, sailing, fishing, picnicking, playground; family outings. Excursion boats, bike rentals, boat slips, restaurants, interpretive center. Paid parking, bus stop, handicapped access. Lifeguard, rest rooms, showers.
Newport and Balboa Beaches
Newport is noted as one of the most famous surfing spots in the world at “The Wedge.” Newport pier extends out into the ocean near 20th Street. Near the pier there are fisherman selling their catches of the day, swimsuit shops, and people on bikes, rollerblades, and skateboards. Balboa Pier is just south and juts into the surf, separating Newport Beach from Balboa Beach.
Playa del Rey Beach and Del Rey Lagoon
Beautiful lagoon (with ducks and geese), white sands. Public park, picnic tables, rest rooms.
Santa Monica State Beach, Municipal Pier, and Amusement Park
Pacific Coast Highway at California Incline, Santa Monica
Wide and sandy, mobbed on weekends; sunning, socializing. Bicycle and roller skating path, volleyball nets, playgrounds. Fishing, dining, and summer evening concerts on the pier. Amusement park with roller coaster, Ferris wheel, antique carousel, and arcade. Paid and street parking, bus stop, handicapped access, year-round lifeguard, rest rooms, showers, bike and skate rentals, food concessions.
Temescal Canyon Park
15900 Pacific Coast Highway at Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades
Easy access to beach. Picnicking, playground. Street parking, rest rooms.
Venice City Beach, Boardwalk, and Fishing Pier
Easy access to beautiful, sandy beach. Boardwalk has street performers, Muscle Beach (bodybuilding, basketball, paddle tennis, and shuffleboard). Bike and skate rentals, volleyball. Paid and street parking, bus stop, rest rooms, showers, food concessions.
Will Rogers State Beach
15100 Pacific Coast Highway at Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades
Easy access to three-mile long mostly sandy beach. Beginner surfing, swimming, picnicking, surf fishing. Volleyball nets, gym equipment, playground; families and young singles. Paid and street parking, lifeguard, rest rooms.