Exploring the Arches at Little Corona del Mar

Orange County Little Corona del Mar Beach

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Secluded beach in Orange County with a shoreline of rocks and tide pools that make for a stunning foreground. Short hike to find Cliff Island, one of the best and most unique local spots to catch the sunset through the rocky arch. Diverse sea life such as fish, crabs, star fish, and sea anemones can be found in the many tide pools along the shore. Free street parking easily accessible.

Little Corona del Mar Beach is a secluded beach located on Poppy Avenue across Ocean Boulevard in Corona del Mar. Known as one of the less crowded beaches in the area, this spot is the perfect place to chill for the day or photograph a sunset. You will find plenty of free street parking in the nearby residential area. Unlike many beaches in Orange County, this one mercifully doesn’t involve stairs. It’s just a short walk down the ramp to the beach. Here you’ll find numerous tide pools with abundant life; be sure to check when low tide is in order to get the most out of your visit.

When you first walk down the ramp off Poppy Avenue, you’ll see this stunning beach to your left hand side. You’ll be able to see Arch Rock in the distance as well. To get to the other arch at Cliff Island, you’ll need to walk south along the rocky shoreline during low tide. Be sure to wear water shoes or shoes with good traction as the rocks can be really slippery. After a short 15 minute hike down the coastline, you’ll see Cliff Island and find the stunning arch formation within it. Many visitors will climb this rock formation and cliff jump. For the less daring, photographing this spot during sunset is just as epic.

Pack List

  • Water shoes or shoes with good traction
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Neutral density filters
  • Bathing suit
  • Flashlight or headlamps
  • Snacks
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4 months ago

Pretty unbeatable

If you're looking for a dreamy place to take sunset pictures... this is it. Although it is not walking distance, pair this outing with a walk around Balboa Island (and a Balboa Bar of course) and you have the perfect night.

4 months ago

8 months ago

Great place to shoot a sunset!

I discovered this place and will definitely be coming back. It's one of those hidden gems. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes because there's a bit of sharp rocks you have to hike on.

8 months ago

8 months ago

Great spot - watch the tides!

Went cliff jumping here once and it was awesome! You definitely need to watch the tides because we had a rough time getting back after the water had risen. Great photos at low tide!

8 months ago

12 months ago


I couldn't access this arch because I arrived too late it's already dark but I did shoot around it. It's amazing, definitely bring couple filters with!

12 months ago

12 months ago

Great for photography

I come here often to shoot portraits because the rocks and tide pools provide a lot of variety. Haven't been cliff jumping yet but I will probably go soon.

12 months ago

about 1 year ago

Bucket List Number 152

Beautiful scenery, and the cutest little caves! Great for a little exploring trip, definitely try to go at low tide so those waves don't get you on the rocks haha also I didn't see the cave from the main picture only the other three? 8/10

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Great for Kids & Beautiful

Came late afternoon (timed for low-tide) and walked down the (longish) ramp. There are bathrooms halfway down (pretty clean) and little rise off showers. Great little beach for exploring tide pools with kiddos. We saw tons of hermit crabs and a starfish! The larger of the tide pools were also warmed up enough for kids to paddle in (we were there in March, ocean temp was about 60 degrees.) The views of the arches were great. It was a perfect little afternoon! Free parking on Ocean Ave right off Poppy.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Great Location for Catching Seaside Sunset

I wasn't prepared for this adventure and was roaming around in flip flops, which made skipping from rock to rock a bit more difficult. However, once we finally got setup and the sun began to set, I immediately knew that this was one of the best locations to photograph a sunset in the Newport/Laguna Beach area. I'd highly recommend this adventure to everyone, but know that it can get pretty crowded with other photographers as well.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Awesome Trail

This is my favorite Hike, absolutely beautiful, and just the right length!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

One of my top sunset photography spots in Orange County

I love Little Corona. It is a great beach with tide pools and some great rock formations. I love taking sunset photos here because of the rock formations and secluded beach. While it can get really crowded in summer, evenings are usually less so and my favorite time to be there.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Gorgeous gem for photography, great beach as well!

We go to Little Corona Del Mar beach every single time we go back to California. It's less crowded than Corona Del Mar, and as mentioned in the article, they have the spectacular arches and tide pools.

over 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

Great spot that wasn't too crowded when I went.

almost 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

Excellent spot and one of my personal favorites for this area. Its a bit of a hike south, starting from Little CDM. Its important to watch the tides as returning can be difficult if high tide is approaching. This amazing arch also offers a bit of bouldering, cliff jumping and also anchors for setting up a 40 ft slack line from side to side. Great spot to new like minded people also

about 2 years ago

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