Tide Pools: Little Corona Del Mar

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The sea, once it casts it’s spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever – Jacques Cousteau

The sea is intriguing to me. She’s powerful, yet peaceful and calming. She’s vast and dark, and is filled with mystery. Mother Nature at her finest!

If you can’t tell, I love the sea. If you can’t reach me for some reason, I’m probably off the coast, sailing, or underneath the sea, snorkeling or scuba diving. You don’t need to have my obsession to enjoy the ocean and all that’s in it. One of the best ways is through tide pools. Tide pools are tiny ecosystems that are created by the receding tide. The water and thousands of sea life get trapped in these pools until the tide come back in. Southern California is home to a bunch of these tide pools and Little Corona Del Mar has some of the best by far!

Little Corona Del Mar

Little Corona Del Mar

Little Corona Del Mar Beach is a quick trip down the coast to Newport Beach. The beach is right off Pacific Coast Highway(PCH) on the corner of Ocean Blvd and Poppy Ave. Don’t confuse this with it’s big brother, Corona Del Mar Beach, which is a little more north. Once you’ve found a place to park, make your way down to the beach and start exploring!

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This is just a few if the things you will find in the tide pools.

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The tide pools closest to the entrance are usually filled with fish, hermit crabs, anemone, and lots of regular crabs and sea snails. The sea snails hermit crabs can be super tiny, so be careful when climbing around the rocks.

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This guy went fishing for muscles.

This guy went fishing in the tide pools for muscles.

The further down the beach you travel, the better the tide pools are. Since they are further away from where you started, they’re usually disturbed less and are filled with everything from starfish to sea slugs and anemone. The anemone have to be the coolest part of the tide pools. Starfish come in at a close second. They both come in so many shapes and sizes, not to mention the different colors!

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Such an array of color, It's amazing

Such an array of color, It’s amazing

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Sea Anemone

Sea Anemone

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Sea Slug!

Sea Slug!

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If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, the snorkeling in this little area is magnificent. Imagine all the sea life trapped in the tide pools, but no longer inhibited, swimming around, inches from you. It’s amazing and absolutely gorgeous!

Messing around

Messing around

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The Garibaldi......This guy is everywhere!

The Garibaldi……This guy is everywhere!

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Last, but not least, we have the beach. We definitely can’t forget about that. The best thing about Little Corona Del Mar is the lack of people. Since it’s a little further south and not as easy to get to (or as well known), the beach isn’t as crowded as beaches of Corona Del Mar. And to top it off, the sunsets are beautiful. The reddish glow from the fading sun looks spectacular when it’s reflecting off the water. It’s a welcome sight after a fun, yet tiring day.

Sunset on the beach

Sunset on the beach

Here are a few tips for when you come visit Little Corona Del Mar 

 1. Check the tide. Can’t explore the tide pools if they’re under the tide. You can check the tide here

2. Parking is scarce. The best thing to do is find parking in the surrounding neighborhood and park there. Make sure you check for any signs. 

 3. If you need directions, you can find them here. There is a road way you can walk down on the corner of Ocean Blvd and Poppy Ave. 

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28 thoughts on “Tide Pools: Little Corona Del Mar

    1. It’s amazing what creatures you can see in the tide pools! When you go, make sure you walk further down the beach. There are usually more sea life hiding in those tide pools.

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  1. I fell in love with the sea just recently, few months ago! It was when I went to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and snorkeled for the first time. Only then I realized that the sea is so much MORE alive than we think! It was an overwhelming revelation for me, to be honest, because I never really gave too much thought about it before..
    Nice post!

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  2. SO pretty! Isn’t nature so inspiring? I’d be on the lookout for sea glass/beach glass – it’s one of my favourite things to collect when I travel and this looks like there could be some hidden pieces around the pools.

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    1. Thank you! I love sea glass as well! You should check out my post about Glass Beach! It’s a beach in Northern California that’s filled with tons of sea glass. It’s absol gorgeous!

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