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albrant@cox.net
08-21-2007, 10:03 AM
I'm planning our first trip to Disney - this board is full of great info!!! We would like to spend a day at the beach. We usually go to San Diego and I know it's not that far away, but has anyone went to beaches closer to Disney? And if so, which ones and how did you like them?

noryglory
08-21-2007, 10:21 AM
Welcome to the boards.

People have mentioned Huntington and Newport before, I think, since when we go next spring we'll likely do a quickie trip to the beach and I had my radar up.

Have you done a search in this forum yet? I know there are at least a couple threads from the last two or three months that go into this with much detail (including timing, directions, restaurants, bathrooms, etc.)....I am sure people will re-answer this but in the meantime, check it out.

mikayla73
08-22-2007, 08:20 PM
We usually go to Newport Beach. I love it! It is close and very easy to find. DH usually drives, but I know we go straight down 55, then the freeway ends and Newport begins.

arliepooh68
08-22-2007, 08:35 PM
I grew up going past newport beach, same directoin though, just go past to balboa beach. . . it has a nice pier on one side, walk over the harbor side and you have play things, you have the arcade (showing my age here, they had 2 that used to be almost next to each other when i was a teeny bopper, now there is one), they have a ferris wheel, you can take the (again blonde coming out) the boat that puts cars on it across the bay to fashion island, you can be a pedestrian, you don't need a car, FERRY that's it, the ferry!, that is a great walk on fashion island. . . back to the ferris wheel area, they have pete's pizza, amazingly the pizza tastes almost the same as it did 20 years ago and it has gone through other owners. . . you can do a harbor cruise, haven't done that in 20 years, but there used to be a house that we heard the living room opened up to a pool, john wayne once had a house on one of the islands in the harbor. .

the down side to balboa is, well ur used to san diego, you can walk out pretty far in the water in sandog, not at balboa, the waves crash almost on the beach, but it never stopped us from having a blast there! In fact we found more sand dollars at balboa than I ever do in sandog. can you tell i'm partial to it?? the plus to the waves is you really don't have to do the shuffle, like you do in sandog. you know the stingray shuffle. . . the biggest difference I think you will see though is the temp, sandog is so much cooler on the beach than balboa/newport area is.

have fun! yahoo or google balboa/newport/fashion island area.