One of the best things about living in Irvine is its proximity to all of Southern California’s best beaches. But before you toss on your swimsuit, slather on the sunscreen, and pack up your car for a day in the sun, here are some insider tips from Irvine Residential Living you’ll need to be aware of to make the most of your beach day.
Parking Is a Pain, So Get There Early
Regardless of whether you’re setting out for the sand in Newport, Huntington, or Laguna, parking is going to be a pain and meter maids in Orange County can be especially ruthless. You’ll want to arrive early (before 10am) if you don’t want to walk miles back and forth to the car, especially on weekends. Oh, and don’t forget to bring plenty of quarters with you–there are more metered spots than un-metered spots, and you’ll need to keep topping it off throughout the day.
Plan Ahead for Fire Pits
Just like scoring a good parking spot, you’ll need to stake your claim at a fire pit early if you plan on roasting s’mores and hot dogs into the evening hours during the summer months. Get there by 8am on weekends to ensure a spot at a pit, and keep your food chilling in coolers until you’re ready to start grilling.
Amateurs: Be Wary of the Wedge
The Wedge in Newport Beach is one of California’s most famed surfing spots, and if you’re not an experienced swimmer or surfer, also one of its most dangerous. The waves at The Wedge have been known to reach up to 30 feet and the combination of huge swells, an unusually strong current, and waves breaking on the rocky jetty can be dangerous for amateurs. The good news is that watching the waves from the sand can be just as enjoyable as actually surfing them. So, if you’re not comfortable in the ocean, find a spot on the shore and enjoy the show.
Break Out the Wetsuit
While much warmer than its east coast neighbor the Atlantic, the Pacific Ocean can still be quite chilly depending on the time of year. If you’re more cold-blooded than some, you might want to consider adding a spring suit to your beach wardrobe from April through September, and then switch to a full wetsuit for the fall and winter months to keep your teeth from chattering the whole time you’re in the water.
Don’t Forget Fido
If you want to bring your canine pals along for a day at the beach, there are plenty of dog-friendly beaches in Orange County. The designated dog beaches in Huntington and Newport allow well-behaved dogs to romp around off-leash, and you may even see a few furry friends catching a wave or two on puppy-sized surfboards. Other beaches allow leashed dogs as well, but there are often restrictions during peak times, so keep an eye on posted signs.
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