J.McLaughlin Local Guides:
Corona del Mar
Unwind in the seaside village of Corona del Mar in Newport Beach, where you'll find cliffside views and lush sunsets. In Spanish, the neighborhood's name means "Crown of the Sea." And it's true — you'll certainly feel like royalty while relaxing in its lovely beaches and parks! You can swim, surf, snorkel, and more in this sun-soaked neighborhood, which resides at the foot of the San Joaquin hills and faces the Pacific Ocean. There are also plenty of luxe shopping destinations in the area for all your retail needs. J.McLaughlin is right in the Corona del Mar Plaza, just off the Pacific Coast Highway and MacArthur Boulevard at 972 Avocado Avenue.
Explore the 30 acres of Corona del Mar State Beach while you're around Newport Beach. Cliffs and a rock jetty (that's an entrance to Newport Harbor) frame the half-mile long beach. The protected sandy area is a beloved destination for surfing, scuba diving, and volleyball, though you'll find many keen on simply soaking in the sun.
Another spot to take in sprawling oasis views is the Sherman Gardens, which covers 2.2 acres of greenery. Foliage lovers can immerse in the beautiful sights of fountains, flower beds, and conservatories. Noted gardens include the Cactus and Succulent Garden, Rose Garden, Fern Grotto, and more. After you stroll around to your heart's content, enjoy a fresh coastal meal from Café Jardin on the premises — there’s no shortage of hearty soups and fresh seafood to choose from.
You'll find other charming eateries all around Corona del Mar as well. Discover restaurants for every palate along the Pacific Coast Highway. Local favorites include The Quiet Woman and The Summer House for casual American fare. After your meal, discover boutiques and stores in the area for a relaxed shopping experience. In fact, J.McLaughlin sits right off the Pacific Coast Highway in Corona del Mar Plaza. Marked by beautiful Mediterranean architecture, the shopping center is also home to upscale spots such as Brighton Collectibles and Bristol Farms.
At the end of the day, pack a picnic basket and enjoy a beautiful, unparalleled view of the sunset at Inspiration Point. Wherever your seaside journey takes you, you can't go wrong with a classic beachy look. Pack your beach bags with your favorite swimwear and accessories to indulge in warm-weather adventures.