Where are the best Orange County beaches?

There are all kinds of reasons why you might be moving into one of the homes for sale in Orange County - maybe you're relocating for a new job opportunity, or perhaps your family likes the many entertainment options. Or, you simply might really enjoy going to beautiful beaches. The O.C. certainly has some of the most pristine coastlines in the world, and people come from all over for a chance to vacation in what is now your backyard. So get out there and enjoy it to the fullest! Consider spending the day at one of these gorgeous beach.

The beaches of Orange County are often considered to be the best kept secret in Southern California. While places up the coast like Santa Monica and Venice Beach can be crowded with tourists and commercial property, there's a sense of serenity about Orange County, despite locals and visitors flocking to the sand. According to Frommer's, there are 42 miles of beaches in the O.C. that offer turquoise water, ecological preserves, boat harbors and great waves for surfing

A favorite beach among the surfing community is Balboa Beach, located at the Balboa Peninsula in Newport. However, the shore break in this area can be intense, so only experienced surfers should attempt to hang ten. Families in the area should explore Balboa Island, where the beach has been named one of the top 10 beaches in the United States by both the Travel Channel and the Surfrider Foundation. Balboa Island can be accessed by ferry from the peninsula or by Jamboree Road. 

For a secluded retreat, head over to Crystal Cove State Park. As you saunter down the path to the beach, you'll be enveloped by the scent of tropical flowers and feel like you've walked onto a Caribbean Island. The water is an intense shade of blue most days and the coastal bluffs let you feel protected from the outside world. On your way out, grab a meal at The Beachcomber and your $15 parking fee will be waived!

Finally, you can't talk about stunning O.C. beaches without mentioning the Main Beach of Laguna. This is the most popular and largest beach in Laguna, and it includes amenities such as public showers, restrooms, basketball and volleyball courts. Spend the day laying on the sand or exploring nearby coves and tidepools.