If Newport Beach is the jewel of the California Coast, then it’s community, Corona del Mar, is the crown. The Spanish translation for “corona” actually is “crown”.

Atop hills and cliffs overlooking the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean, Corona del Mar is south of Newport Beach and north of Laguna Beach. Its public beaches include a Corona del Mar State Beach, with bonfire pits, public restrooms, concession snack bars, volleyball courts, and vistas ideal for small weddings.

Location: 50 miles south of Los Angeles, 4 miles west of John Wayne Airport and 70 miles north of San Diego at the foot of the San Joaquin Hills fronting the Pacific Ocean.

Corona del Mar ranges along a bluff at the south end of Newport Beach and includes some of the city’s most prestigious residential areas. When you stand on the hilltop bluff park and look out to the Newport Harbor and Pacific Ocean, you’ll be treated to some of California’s most romantic beach views. With limited parking, only small ceremonies can be facilitated at the neighborhood beaches.

Immaculate homes line streets in Corona del Mar are named after flowers, and run in alphabetical order from Acacia to Poppy, each lined with a different variety of trees. Beautiful flower gardens on each street display the flower from which the street is named. And the ultimate flower gardens in the city reside in the Sherman Library & Gardens, open to the public. Sherman Library and Gardens on Pacific Coast Highway offers tours of beautiful flower and plant gardens. There are also art galleries and unique shops running along Pacific Coast Highway in scenic Corona del Mar.

BEACHES: Corona del Mar beaches are one of the community’s top attractions. Sandy beach coves are used in movie and television productions such as Gilligan’s Island. Explore the tidepools at Corona del Mar and Crystal Cove, an ecologically sensitive region where you can look but are asked not to touch. Enjoy the free volleyball nets at the beach, or frolic in the sand if you like.