Tucked between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach in lovely ol' Orange County is Corona del Mar State Beach. This beach is a personal fave of BH's; it's the beach of his childhood, and he has many happy memories here.
The waves are fairly mild, and the rocky shoreline makes for lots of tide pools. Corona del Mar is the perfect family beach.
Parking can be a nightmare, but that works in this smallish beach's favor. It never feels too crowded down at the water.
And if you own a pair of these:
You can climb all over these:
And get more great pictures, like these: