Tag Archives: Beaches

El Portal Beach

SAN CLEMENTE, CA

Activity: Beach Strolling, just enjoying the beach

El Portal Beach in San Clemente is a neighborhood type of beach. There are no parking lots, you would need to find parking in the neighborhood. It is characterized by a long stair case from the neighborhood above and down the slanted, flowering brushy, hillside then over the train tracks or under a little bridge to a narrow beach.

It is a nice stroll down the beach to the San Clemente Pier, however keep in mind when the tide comes in there will be little or no beach left just boulders to keep the sea at bay and limit erosion. So it is a nice beach to hit the waves, do a little surfing, skim boarding, body surfing, or boogie boarding, but as far as sun bathing, or frisbee you will need to time the tide right.

The San Clemente Coastal Trail is about 2.5 miles long and runs along side the tracks. It makes it’s way from the pier to North Beach. There are pay lots on both ends of the trail. The trail supports hikers, runners, bikers and dog walkers.

I have been on the train a couple times and it is incredible to have the type of ocean views that the riders enjoy on their way to San Diego, but I sure wouldn’t want a train going by my expensive beach home all the time, but on the other hand I sure would like to live on the beach again some day, so I am pretty positive it would be a trade off I could except.

A nice local‘s beach or spot for someone wanting to walk the Coastal Trail, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to go to El Portal Beach, a visitor would be better served at the San Clemente Pier.

Covid-19 put limits on beach activities when I was visiting the beach.

Dana Point off in the distance.
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair. —Zac Brown Band

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Life’s a Beach,

Roger Jenkins

Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

Pier to Peer

NEWPORT BEACH

Activity: BEACH HIKE

A great way to stay in shape while enjoying the beach is a beach hike. One of my favorites is from the Newport Pier to the Balboa Pier and back, which is about 4 miles round trip.

It is fun to people watch. Everyone reveling in the joy that the beach provides be it sun bathing, shell collecting, playing some volleyball, frisbee, paddleball, whatever that bounce off the mini trampoline ball game is, or the soccer players perfecting their skills. Then of course the water sports of surfing, skim boarding, boggie boarding, body surfing, swimming, or just plain splashing about. Out on the water we have yachting be it sail or power.

Then there is wildlife to enjoy during your beach stroll. Seagulls and their lonely cry, pelicans making the plunge from up high as they do their fishing, sand pipers scurrying back and forth with each wave provide the aerial entertainment. In the water it is possible to see a seal, or perhaps a pod of dolphins. During the season you might get lucky enough to see the spout of a whale.

When you arrive on the pier, you have ‘pier peers’ enjoying the day with a stroll or a brisk walk, fisherman angling for the big catch, folks checking out the surfers, and those on their way to the end of the pier for a burger and a shake.

‘Peering from the pier’ affords a fantastic view of the ocean, the waves, boats, sea life, the mountains, Fashion Island, the shoreline to Dana Point down the beach, and Huntington Beach and Long Beach up the coast, and of course the big bountiful golden sand beach.

What a great way to spend a couple hours or so, to get some exercise, stretch your legs, breath some good ocean air, get some vitamin D, de-stress, reload, and relax.

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Life’s a Beach!

Roger Jenkins

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Monarch Bay-Salt Creek-Dana Strand beaches

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CALIFORNIA

Activity: Beach Stroll

Date: October 28, 2019

Laguna Niguel, a little South of Laguna Beach and a little North of Dana Point has some great beaches. The water is so clear there that it just seems different than other parts of SoCal. It is a beautiful spot with cliffs, rocky outcroppings, a nice little park, a sweet little surf break, mansions and a world class resort on the cliffs above, surfers, cute bikinied girls, and sunshine- acres and acres of sunshine. What more could you ask for?

On this day we went for a hike at Salt Creek Trail, and then afterwards for a stroll along this fabulous big broad beautiful beach. If you don’t have the bankroll to dole out for a Five Diamond Resort you can still roll like a rock-star on the same beach below, Salt Creek Beach. Then just to the North is the Monarch Bay Beach, and to the South Dana Strand Beach. They are connected and all three are exquisite.

Monarch Bay Beach has a private gated community above on the cliff and on the sand is the Monarch Bay Beach Club for members and guests.

Salt Creek Beach is directly below the Ritz Carlton and in front of the resort is a pay parking area. It is a steep walk down a road to the beach which runs along a nice green belt which is Salt Creek Park.

To the South is Dana Strand Beach. Between Salt Creek Beach and Dana Strand Beach is a little tide pool area. There are expensive mansions adorning the cliffs all along the area continuing all the way to the Dana Point Headlands.

Monarch Bay Beach
Dana Strand Beach
Surfers at Salt Creek
Life takes you down many paths but my favorite ones lead to the beach.

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Life’s a Beach!

Roger Jenkins, Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

Sunset Beach

CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA

Activity: Beach Walk, Storm Watching

Date: 4-10-20

Storm Clouds Gather Over Sunset Beach While Corona Virus Closes Surfside Beach

Sunset Beach is a quaint community locals beach. When I first moved to Huntington Beach, living in the condos right on the beach, just adjacent to the famed Huntington Beach Pier, there was a joke that HB was the quintessential, where were the action was, California beach scene and it was for the young and the adventurous and if you settled down and got married, well then you needed to move to Sunset Beach. Indeed Sunset Beach is much more quiet and more of a residential beach where nice beach homes line it’s broad mile and a half long beach.

Sunset Beach is boarder to the North by Surfside Beach, a private gated community that is actually part of the City of Seal Beach, and just beyond that the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station. To the South of Sunset Beach is Bolsa Chica State Beach.

On this mid April day storm clouds gathered over Sunset Beach both literally and figuratively. The LA Beaches had all been closed, due to fears of the Corona Virus, but most Orange County Beaches remained open. The OC Beaches were attempting to control the crowds and thus promote “Social Distancing” by closing all piers and all parking lots as well as street metered parking. The reality was most of the time this strategy worked, but on nice weekends near the HB Pier- not so much. HB would later lead the nation in protest to lift the Corona Virus restrictions and get back to work and life as we knew it. So you can see… Storm Clouds gathering…

But on this day my walk along Sunset Beach was, as it always is, relaxing, a stress reliever, and throughly enjoyable. It was made even more interesting by the storm. When you live in SoCal and every day is perfect it is extraordinarily beautiful to see big black storm clouds roll in. I could see in the distance heavy rain to the south of me in the area the HB Pier, but I received only a light misting as I hiked along the beach. There were a few others enjoying the spectacle, but I practically had the beach to myself due to the Corona Virus as well as it being a stormy day with a good chance of a down pour. Some of the people I ran a crossed had on face masks. I was sporting my new fashionable Pursuing Balance Through Adventure Face Gator in an effort to follow requests to cover your face, but not use the medical masks needed for First Responders.

There were surfers out enjoying some tasty waves with some nice little sets with good form rolling in, but otherwise it was me, the beach, and the storm.

After walking Sunset Beach I continued my stroll to include Surfside Beach, which is connected. It is basically the same beach, however this gated community is actually part of the City of Seal Beach. What I discovered on my way back is that the beach was actually closed, as is Seal Beach. Oops… Well there was just one little sign and I was walking along the water’s edge and didn’t see it- sorry. I was not the only one on the beach, but then again there were very few.

Delightful little hike along the beach, and the storm clouds made it unusually special.

Storm Clouds Gather Over Sunset Beach
The Water Tower House is an area landmark. How cool is that place? Talk about your 360 views.
When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. —Rainer Maria Rilke

Thanks for joining me on another addition of ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ OC Beaches. As far as the Corona Virus, this to shall pass. I am sure we are all in agreement that day cannot come soon enough, and when it does let’s go to the beach. Please COMMENT, FOLLOW, LIKE, and SHARE. Checkout the Menu above for hikes in a variety of locales. You will need to FOLLOW each individually. If you like the apparel pictured in this post then go to SHOP APPAREL which will help offset some of the costs for PBTA.

Happy Trails-

Roger Jenkins, ’Pursing Balance Through Adventure’

Treasure Island Beach & And More

ALISO BEACH – TREASURE ISLAND BEACH – MIDDLE MAN COVE – GOFF COVE- CHRISTMAS COVE

LAGUNA BEACH

Activity: Beach Stroll

Date: 9-25-19

Laguna Beach is the Crown Jewel of Southern California Beaches. The most popular Laguna beach is Main Beach right in downtown Laguna Beach, and it is superb, but there are more diamonds along the way and that is exactly what I set out to experience on this day, more diamonds along the way.

Sometimes referred to as the Montage Beach, because it rests below the 5 Star Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, rests some of those diamonds. To get to these jewels there is limited public covered pay parking just adjacent, to the South, of the Montage Resort or a little further south is Aliso Beach Parking.

Coming from the South there is Aliso Beach Park. This is a broad beach with a rocky outcropping at the most southern end. Connecting to Aliso Beach is Treasure Island Beach, they are only separated by a stream, otherwise they are basically the same beach. Great place for all beach activities: strolling, jogging, sun-bathing, swimming, skim boarding, surfing, tide pool exploring, and so forth.

Once you get close to the Montage Resort there are three coves. The first is Middle Man Cove, then Goff Cove, and the most Northerly cove is Christmas Cove. Even though they are close in proximity they each have their own identity. These coves between Treasure Island Beach to the South and Victoria Beach to the North are maintained by the city and the Montage Resort. The bluffs above are breathtakingly beautiful not only because of their abundance of natural beauty, but the glorious enhancements of the landscaping of a 5 Star Luxury Resort. There is also a resort style public washroom maintained by the Montage on the path in front of the resort.

Middle Man Cove is accessed through a natural arch from Treasure Island Beach. There is some climbing over rocks that would be required to go further and that pretty much depends on the tide.

Goff Cove gets it’s name from a rock that protects the cove at the point called Goff Island. It serves as a natural breakwater. Depending on the tide it may or may not actually be an island. There is a stairway that accesses the beach from the walkway above. This is a good spot for snorkeling and scuba diving.

There is a breakwater wall between Goff Cove and Christmas Cove to the North. This is a better area then the other coves for swimming, but as with any beach watch out for high surf or rip currents.

“I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.”
– Helen Keller
The End

You just gotta’ luv’ the beach! This has been another beach adventure while ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’. We are in search of balancing our busy lives, breathing the sea air, and freeing our soul. The beach can do just that salt on your lips, wind in your hair, and a smile on your face. For more OC beach adventures stay tuned right here. And so as not to get burned you will need the proper equipment see SHOP APPAREL for all you top quality beach ware needs. If you are in search of additional adventures in other places and settings see the menu above for other ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ sister sites, (all of which need to be followed individually). Please, please, please for your own sake COMMENT, LIKE, SHARE, and FOLLOW.

Crescent Bay Beach

Crescent Bay Beach ’Pursuing Balance Thru Adventure

Laguna Beach, California

Activity: Beach’n it: Sun, Fun, & Surf

Date: 7-20-19

Laguna Beach has a lot of little coves and beaches it’s not all about Main Beach.  There is much more to explore and enjoy.  Crescent Bay Beach feels like a little neighborhood beach.  It has sort of a private beach feel.  It is beautiful, rocky outcropping on both sides, nice (expensive) homes overlooking the beach.  There are tide pools if you are there at the right time.  Besides that you have swimmers, boogie boarders, sun bathers, the occasional surfer, in other words beach goers

To the North on the cliff above is Crescent Bay Point Park, and to the South is Shaw’s Cove.  You can’t go wrong in Laguna the beaches and coves are all fantastic.

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“For her ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself, and when she returned to the city you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and taste the infinite salt on her lips.” -Jose Chavez

The day I was there the surf was high and the couple lifeguards were busy keeping a eye on the surf, the swimmers, and the rip tide.

You can have a bird’s eye view of Crescent Bay Beach from the Crescent Bay Point Park.  But you cannot get to the beach from there due to the rugged drop off.

“Beach Rules: Soak up the sun.  Ride the waves.  Breath the salty air.  Feel the breeze.  Build sandcastles.  Rest, relax, reflect.  Collect seashells.  Bare-feet required.” Crescent Bay Beach is a great beach loved it!

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Life’s a Beach-

Roger Jenkins, ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’

Moss Point

Laguna Beach, California

Activity: Exploring, rock scrambling

Date: June 24, 2019

Laguna Beach is a very special place so much to do, see and enjoy. Lots of fun shops, restaurants and things to do.  But my favorite thing to do is to go to the beach.   Laguna has so many fabulous beaches it is hard to choose which one to explore and that is the fun of it. Another outing, another beach, cove, or tide pool.

Parking in Laguna in the summer is difficult, to say the least, and the city makes a living on parking tickets so you are forewarned.  No matter when you go through town there is always traffic.  So a special tip is to park where you can and then take the free Trolley.

The Trolley is fun, open air, has lots of pickup spots, and did I mention FREE?

We parked North of famous Hessler Park, which by the way, is one of my favorite places anywhere, walked through part of the park and then took the Trolley through town. The bus drivers, as this is really a bus that looks like a Trolley, are friendly and informative.  We got off at Moss Point.

There is an historic mansion there and a plaque about it really being like the first Western White House, but beyond looking through the gate at how the other half lived not a lot to see.

Once you ramble down the street and take the staircase down you spy a lovely cove with a little beach and a lifeguard stand. There are rocks to the left that we took out to the point. It was a heavy June Gloom marine layer, but even that was delightful.  There is an arch to go through and a wonderful vista looking south with coastline filled with mansions with views that we can experience as well, but from the rocks.

Moss Point- simply delightful, and a good place for snorkeling and scuba.