Tucked away in Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar is a quaint seaside village situated on the foot of the San Joaquin Hills and fronting the Pacific Ocean. Up until the late 1920s, it was only accessible via the peninsula by small boat at high tide or via a dirt road near the Irvine Ranch. It is an affluent neighborhood well-known for its cliff-side views, quaint village shops, tide pools and sparkling beaches. Settled in the early 20th century, its older area features mostly detached single family homes with rich architecture that are high concentrated along the Pacific Coast Highway. In Harbor View Hills, the newer developments sport ranch style houses with expansive and spectacular ocean vistas.
Dotted with wine boutiques, art galleries, international restaurants, music venues, magnificent beaches and fine schools, Corona Del Mar is a slice of paradise with popular landmarks. The Sherman Library and Gardens is a horticultural museum of gorgeous plants. Featuring pristine gardens, conservatories interconnected by brick-paved walkways, bubbling tile fountains and blooming botanicals, the 2.2 acre garden is a retreat of natural wonder.
The beaches in Corona Del Mar are second to none. The Big Corona Beach is an ideal family getaway with long stretches of white sands and mild waves for young swimmers. Just a few blocks south, Little Corona Beach is a favorite spot for tide pools. The nearby Laguna Beach features intricate and rugged coves where many scuba divers and snorkelers take in the underwater beauty of colorful reefs and marine life.
Also known as El Moro Canyon, locals enjoy the natural splendor of Crystal Cove State Park. With open hills, grasslands and winding trails, it’s a popular park for horseback riding, hiking and biking. The park is also home to the Corona Del Mar State Beach. This half-mile long beach is encased with rock jetties and cliffs that lead to Newport Harbor. It is a popular beach for surfers, divers and swimmers.
Even though Corona Del Mar is a small village, it boasts with culture from its wine boutiques to nearby museums. The Orange Coast Winery located in Newport Beach crafts the finest wines from local vineyards and offers wine tasting events on the weekends. This wine boutique also has a yearly wine festival featuring 50 exceptional wineries, a silent auction and local restaurants serving up gourmet cuisine.
The Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach (OCMA) and the Irvine Museum in nearby Irvine are just two of the many cultural museums to visit. The OCMA exhibits contemporary and modern art with displays from Picasso to Pollock. The Irvine Museum displays Plein-Air paintings and California Impressionism, an art form that blossomed in California from 1880 to 1940.
Chic boutiques and eclectic restaurants at Corona Del Mar Plaza reflect the village’s casual yet sophisticated coastal lifestyle. Residents take in the delights at Sprinkles Cupcakes, Savory Spice Shop and Antonia and Tommy Bahamas Island Grille. Specialty shops include The Shoe Boutique, Gail Jewelers, Diane’s Beachwear and Jack’s Surfboards.
In addition to charming sidewalk shops, residents enjoy shopping at the renowned Fashion Island Mall in Newport Beach. This mega mall features on of the best shopping experiences in southern California. Along with anchor stores Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus, there 200 specialty shops, an array of restaurants, cinema and the quaint Venetian Carousel.
It’s the little things that make Corona Del Mar special. Being able to nosh on handmade tortillas at a local taqueria, snowboarding in the Santa Ana Mountains and sailing off Newport Beach are just a few of the fine activities that add to the unique personality of the village. The lifestyle at Corona Del Mar is what California is all about.