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Irvine is an inland city in Orange County that doesn’t have any beaches of its own. However it’s close to some of the finest beaches in Southern California. All of the beaches from Long Beach down to San Clemente are easy access from Irvine. That’s 101 beaches!

Irvine has a lot going for it. Nearby are large parks with trails galore for hiking and biking. Shoppers have numerous shopping centers to choose from. City parks are everywhere. And they have an excellent college in UC Irvine. Staying here is easy as there are many hotels in the city and near the adjacent John Wayne International Airport. Residents and visitors to Irvine are lucky to have so many beaches to choose from and reliable Southern California weather too.

Some of the best and closest beaches to Irvine are right down the hill at Crystal Cove State Park where there are several large parking areas and several beaches to walk. On either side of this vast park you can find more beaches in the cities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.

The other cites nearby include Huntington Beach, Dana Point, and Seal Beach. If you know where to look along the shoreline of these cities, you’ll find interesting places. Here are some ideas:

Beautiful Beach In Orange County, CaCrystal Cove State Park is easy access from Irvine

See the map above and the list of beaches below for suggested beaches near Irvine, CA.

Beaches on this map

  • Calafia Beach

    Calafia Beach is city-operated park and beach on state park property in San Clemente, CA. The park is called Calafia Beach Park and it is adjacent San Clemente State Beach. […]

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  • San Clemente Pier City Beach

    San Clemente Pier Beach is the main city beach of San Clemente, California. The beach is a wide sandy spot on both sides of the pier between T-Street Beach and […]

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  • Doheny State Beach – North Beach

    Doheny State Beach has two separate beaches and day-use areas – north and south. This North Beach is located north of the San Juan Creek mouth and has a large […]

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  • Salt Creek Beach

    Salt Creek Beach Park is a popular Orange County park located in Dana Point, CA. This wide sandy beach is directly below the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel beach resort, the Ritz […]

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  • Treasure Island Beach

    Treasure Island Beach is south of the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, CA. This sandy beach is the north end of the same large cove that begins at Aliso Beach […]

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  • Main Beach in Laguna Beach

    Main Beach is the simple name given to the main centrally-located city beach in Laguna Beach, California. Main Beach is a nice sandy beach in a broad cove that faces […]

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  • Crescent Bay Beach

    Crescent Bay Beach is a large popular beach in northern Laguna Beach, CA. The main public access is on Cliff Drive one block from where it begins at North Coast […]

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  • Crystal Cove State Park – Los Trancos Beach

    Los Trancos Beach in Crystal Cove State Park is at the Historic District area of the park where Los Trancos Creek flows into the Pacific. The creek divides the beach […]

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  • Corona Del Mar State Beach

    Corona Del Mar State Beach is on the east side of the Newport Harbor channel entrance in the Corona Del Mar neighborhood in Newport Beach. This is a state-owned beach […]

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  • Balboa Pier Beach

    The beach at Newport Beach’s Balboa Pier is a popular place with many nice amenities nearby. The pier is open to fishing, however most visitors will just want to walk […]

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  • Newport Municipal Beach

    Newport Municipal Beach is located on both sides of the Newport Beach Pier. The beaches are continuous here and the city beach stretches from Balboa Pier Beach to the south […]

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  • Huntington City Beach

    Huntington City Beach is the center of a long stretch of sandy waterfront for the city of Huntington Beach, CA. This huge asset and the fact that surf’s up regularly […]

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  • Bolsa Chica State Beach

    Bolsa Chica State Beach is a three mile long wide sandy beach in Huntington Beach, CA. Due to its location and size this is a popular beach for sunbathing. With […]

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  • Seal Beach

    Seal Beach (the beach) is located in the city of Seal Beach, a small beachside community wedged between Long Beach and Huntington Beach. It is the northernmost beach town and […]

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  • Belmont Shore Beach

    Belmont Shore Beach spans the waterfront of the Belmont Shore neighborhood in Long Beach, CA. Generally this beach is between the Belmont Pier area and 55th Place. South of 55th […]

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  • Long Beach City Beach

    Long Beach City Beach is the main beach of Long Beach, CA. This long south-facing beach is located along Ocean Boulevard from the Belmont Pier all the way to Alamitos […]

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