Located in the city of Newport Beach in California, Corona Del Mar is a seaside hamlet with a unique vibe and atmosphere. The cliffs and caves here were used in the filming of the television show Gilligan's Island and there are a number of trails and caves to explore while hiking here. The name Corona Del Mar is Spanish and it translates to "Crown of the Sea" which locals say fits the beauty of the area perfectly.
There is a casual and relaxed vibe in Corona Del Mar, like in many coastal towns, but it is widely considered to be California's most sophisticated seaside community. There are trendy and chic boutique stores for all kinds of specialty goods and the highest quality fashions. Gourmet eateries and cafes can be found, as well, throughout the area.
The most prestigious residential communities in Orange County can be found in Corona Del Mar. Homes here are an eclectic mixture of modern and vintage architecture with newly built homes lined up alongside traditional ranch houses, classic cottages, glass-fronted palatial estate homes, and condominium developments. There are both single- and multi-family homes of all sizes.
Corona Del Mar's signature restaurant is CdM Restaurant which offers fine dining and seasonal Italian fare, another fine Italian option is Rothschild's Restaurant. Try the Summer House for creative American comfort food or the Side Door with a British gastropub feel. The Bungalow offers an intimate dining setting, entrees include steak and seafood. For Vietnamese cuisine visit The Bamboo Bistro.
Many of the restaurants and shops around Corona Del Mar can be found along the Pacific Coast Highway. The Farmers Market in Corona Del Mar is certified by the California Federation of Certified Farmers Markets and vendors offer a wide assortment of locally produced goods. Corona Del Mar Plaza offers a variety of shops in a strip mall including White House Black Market, Acai Republic, Tommy Bahama, and Along Came A Spider children's boutique. For the ultimate shopping experience, visit Fashion Island in Newport Beach, just one mile away. There are more than 200 shops, stores, and restaurants here. Buy styles from some of the biggest designers in the world including Prada, Balenciaga, and Gucci. There is also a movie cinema located in this open-air shopping center.
The New Port Theater first opened around 1940, and it is still in operation so you can visit to experience your movie in an old-fashioned setting with modern amenities. The theater features a full bar and serves elevated food and drink options. Corona Del Mar has an array of parks, many are neighborhood parks with playgrounds, soccer fields, and basketball courts. This includes Spyglass Hill Park, San Miguel Park, and Jasmine View Park. Buck Gully Trailhead is the place to be if you are looking for hiking trails. There are 5.2 acres of trails here for hiking and wildlife watching.
Known for fine beaches, tide pools, and cliffside views, the beaches here include Big Corona, Little Corona, Pirates Cove, Little Treasure Cove, and China Cove. Big Corona Beach is known for its gentle waves, making it a popular spot for swimmers, surfers, and divers. At Little Corona Beach the crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkeling and the tide pools here are great for finding interesting sea creatures to observe.
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