Newport Beach at Balboa
:: Cons- can't think of any. This was overall our favorite beach of the trip.
:: Parking- large parking lot right on beach, but it's pricey. We parked on Balboa Island and then took the ferry and short walk to the beach. Well worth the adventure of a ferry ride and walking through the charming streets of Balboa.
::Pros- not commercial, bathroom and showers, tide pools with crabs and starfish, large rocks to climb on, beautiful rocky landscape, not crowded
::Cons- rocky, sand not as soft and clean, water not as good for swimming, no shops, small, but 2nd favorite beach of the trip.
::Parking - We randomly selected Poppy Street to turn down off the Coast Highway in Corona del Mar. We couldn't have planned it better. We found a street parking spot (free) and had only about 2 blocks to walk to Little Corona. And parking was close enough to go to Big Corona from there as well.
::Pros- bigger than little Corona (duh), bathroom and showers
::Cons- crowded, lots of flies, no boardwalk, or shops
::Parking - huge lot right on beach, but we parked on Poppy Street and saved money that way. Plus, the walk down to Big Corona has amazing views.
That's it, folks. Can't wait to go back!!