Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Strands Vista at Dana Point Headlands

Looking for a Fun Southland Day trip?

A few weekends ago we decided to take a trip to the The Strand Beach at Dana Point. I've been wanting to visit the Strand since hearing about it from a friend. It was a glorious afternoon at the beach. We picked up some sandwiches and drinks at the nearby Gelson's Market and made our way down to the Strand Beach.

The Strand is located near Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point and offers miles of trails and parks overlooking the picturesque Pacific Ocean. One of the highlights is the Funicular (an inclined Beach Elavator). It takes about four minutes to ride down from the parking lot to the beach. The Funicular was a big hit with my little girl. There's also a stairway leading down to the beach.

Upon arriving at the beach, we enjoyed our yummy sandwiches, played in the sand and took walk along one of the trails. It was a fabulous afternoon! The gently sloping shores make this a great beach for families with younger children. You'll definitely want to add this to your "must see" list of beaches in the South OC!

Take PCH in Dana Point to Selva Road and head South towards the ocean. There's a free parking lot titled “Salt Creek Beach Park."

While you're at the Stand beach you may want to pay a visit to the new Dana Point Headlands Preserve Nature Trail.

I'd love to hear about your favorite family friendly beaches in California. What do YOU look for in a beach?


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Location:Dana Point


Rene W. on April 11, 2010 at 4:04 PM said...

That looks like so much fun! We are new to Southern California & just learning about all the great things to do down here! I just watched 10 best beaches of SoCal on the Travel channel today & got even more great tips :) Your blog is delightful - thanks SO much for subscribing to me!!

Hen Jen on April 11, 2010 at 9:02 PM said...

great post! I've lived in So. Ca my whole life and never visited this beach! I've always lived closer to the Huntington Beach area, our favorite beach is Corona Del Mar, it is close to us and clean, has bathrooms. Thanks for giving directions, we will for sure have to visit.

Kayla on April 15, 2010 at 9:57 PM said...

I love your blog! It is so much fun! I am for sure taking notes on how to improve my own!

Lis on April 16, 2010 at 6:01 PM said...

Beautiful pictures! Unfortunately, I've never had the opportunity to visit California. That's great you get to live so close to the ocean! :)

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