Salt Creek Park is located in the city of Dana Point, about 40 minutes from Anaheim. This beach is unique for several reasons: It is a long stretch of beaches (around 18 acres); It borders one of the luxury resorts (Ritz Carlton); It has a beautifully landscaped hill overlooking the beach – with picnic areas; It has a very good food stand, and it has an easy hiking trail.
You can enjoy this beach in any season. During colder days, take your breakfast/lunch with you, stake out a picnic area on the grass (or one of the marble tables) and enjoy your meal with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and surfers. Once you are done with your meal, you can take a leisurely hike on the sand or on the paved trail.
Tip: You will have to walk down a long, steep, paved road to get to the sand. So remember that you have to climb back up the same steep road to get to your car. Pack lightly or bring one of those big wheeled carts to carry your stuff. But don’t get discouraged. This beach is worth the added trouble.
Bring your swimsuit, surfing gear, and sand toys on warm days and enjoy a day of fun in the surf and on the sand.
Some other activities: body surfing, tidepool exploration, and sunbathing. During spring and summer seasons, the concession stand offers beach gear rentals.
While you are in the area, stop by Dana Point Harbor for great shopping, restaurants, and Whale Watching cruises. See the Dana Point harbor website at www.danapointharbor.com.
Beach details at: www.ocparks.com/Saltcreekbeach. Salt Creek Beach33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. Dana Point, CA 92629 (949)923-2280