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7 Best Beaches Near Disneyland In Anaheim California

Are you looking for the perfect family-friendly beach to visit after Disneyland? You’ve come to the right place. 

Not only is Orange County home to the first Disneyland Park, it has many amazing beaches.

The closest beach to Disneyland Park is Huntington Beach, a beautiful long stretch of sandy beach with picnic areas, and a pier. 

But, that’s not all. There’s many great beaches along the Orange coast within an hour drive from the park. From beaches with tide pools to whale watching, there’s something on this list for everyone. 

Ready to discover the best beaches near Disneyland? Let’s dive in. 

Here are the 7 best beaches near Disneyland in California.

1. Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach
  • Distance from Disneyland: 16 miles
  • Cost for parking: $1.50/hr or $15 per day (weekdays), $20 (weekends) during peak season
  • Where to park: Pier Plaza 

The closest beach to Disneyland in Anaheim is Huntington Beach, which is just around a 30 to 45 minute drive in regular traffic.

This is a long stretch of sandy beach with a pier, picnic areas, and a downtown area with restaurants. Known for being one of the best surfing destinations in Southern California, you’ll get to see dozens of surfers as you stroll along the pier. 

Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach

The beach is dog-friendly, has a children’s playground, and is within walking distance to surf shops and a surfing museum.

It also allows bonfires at designated fire pits around the beach, so it’s the perfect place to set up a picnic. 

2. Newport Beach

Newport Beach
Newport Beach
  • Distance from Disneyland: 17 miles
  • Cost for parking: $3.40 per hour (May-September), $1.15 per hour (October-April)
  • Where to park: Newport Pier Parking Lot

Newport Beach is another excellent Orange County beach just a mile east of Huntington Beach.

This is a long sandy beach with a pier, restrooms, showers, and picnic areas.

Newport Beach Pier
Newport Beach Pier

From the end of the pier, you get a great view of the coast so it’s my favorite beach to watch the sunset. 

Newport Beach Pier
Newport Beach Pier

There’s shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, and a souvenir shop right in the middle of the pier.

If you visit, make sure to stop by Seaside bakery to try their famous croissant donuts (cronuts)!

3. Balboa Beach

Balboa Beach
Balboa Beach
  • Distance from Disneyland: 20.1 miles
  • Cost for parking:  $1.75/hr (May-September), $1.20/hr (Oct–April)
  • Where to park: Balboa Pier Lot

Balboa Beach is a beautiful quiet beach that’s a little less crowded than Newport Beach. 

The pier is especially popular amongst locals for fishing, and there’s a Ruby’s Diner at the end of the pier where you can stop for burgers and shakes.

Ruby's Diner, Balboa Pier
Ruby’s Diner, Balboa Pier

When I visited on a weekday, there were only a few people on the pier besides locals.

If you cross to the other side of the peninsula, there’s a marina lined with restaurants, gift shops, and the iconic Balboa Fun Zone. 

Balboa Fun Zone
Balboa Fun Zone

Here you can ride the Balboa ferris wheel, go on a whale watching tour, or take the Balboa ferry to try a famous frozen banana at Sugar N Spice. 

Balboa Ferris Wheel
Balboa Ferris Wheel

4. Corona Del Mar State Beach

Corona Del Mar State Beach
Corona Del Mar State Beach
  • Distance from Disneyland: 18.9 miles
  • Cost for parking: $2.65-$7.05/hr, or $26.55 per day. Free parking on top of hill (Ocean Blvd.)
  • Where to park: Up the hill (free) or Corona del Mar Municipal Lot (paid)

Corona Del Mar State Beach Park is a peaceful family-friendly beach with stunning views of the cliffs.

Corona Del Mar State Beach
Corona Del Mar State Beach

It’s located down the hill from a beautiful residential area, and the beach has gentle waters for swimming. It has restrooms, showers, fire pits, volleyball courts, and an American restaurant by the parking lot. 

Corona Del Mar State Beach
Corona Del Mar State Beach

On the right side of the beach, there’s rocky cliffs and a short pier you can walk out onto for an amazing view of the coast. 

When I visited, I parked on top of the hill for free and walked down to the beach. There were families setting up picnics and several people swimming on a weekday. 

5. Crystal Cove Beach Park

Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park
  • Distance from Disneyland: 21.3 miles
  • Cost for parking: $15 per day or $5/hr if paying with the Yodel app
  • Where to park: Los Trancos Parking Lot

Crystal Cove Beach Park is a little further from Disneyland than the other beaches, but is well worth a visit. It’s known for its charming historic beachfront cottages, and it has a diner right on the water.

Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park

This state park spans over 2,400 acres, and has scenic hiking trails that lead down to the beach.

I parked at the Los Trancos parking lot, and walked 0.5 miles down to the cottages and beach area.

Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park

There were beautiful orange flowers in bloom, and plenty of secluded areas to relax on the beach.

You can pay a parking fee of $15 per day, or download the Yodel app to pay $5 per hour. 

6. Rosie’s Dog Beach 

Rosie's Dog Beach, Long Beach CA
Rosie’s Dog Beach, Long Beach CA
  • Distance from Disneyland: 21 miles
  • Cost for parking: Plenty of free street parking & metered parking at $0.50/15 minutes 
  • Where to park: Along the street (free) or Granada Avenue Parking Lot (metered) 

Located in Long Beach, Rosie’s Dog Beach is another great family friendly beach.

This is a long 4 acre stretch of sandy beach with volleyball courts, restrooms, and an off-leash dog area.

Rosie's Dog Beach, Long Beach CA
Rosie’s Dog Beach, Long Beach CA

It has a laid back vibe, and is fun to visit to watch all the dogs run freely on the shore.

The sand is clean, and there’s many areas to set up a picnic to relax and watch the sunset.

There’s free parking along the residential areas, as well as a large metered parking lot. 

Rosie's Dog Beach, Long Beach
Rosie’s Dog Beach, Long Beach

7. Treasure Island Laguna Beach

Treasure Island Laguna Beach
Treasure Island Laguna Beach
  • Distance from Disneyland: 28.6 miles
  • Cost for parking: $2.75/hour (8am-7pm)
  • Where to park: Lot 8 (Treasure Island Garage)

Treasure Island Beach is the furthest beach from Disneyland on this list, but I had to include it because it’s one of the most beautiful.

Treasure Island Laguna Beach
Treasure Island Laguna Beach

It’s a scenic oceanfront park with paved walking trails, picnic areas, benches and incredible views of the coast.

Treasure Island Laguna Beach
Treasure Island Laguna Beach

The beach is nice and quiet, and has rock arches, and tide pools for exploring.

The parking lot is located at the entrance of the park, which is a covered parking garage with restrooms. 

Treasure Island Laguna Beach
Treasure Island Laguna Beach

Summary

There’s many incredible beaches along the Orange Coast.

Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Balboa Beach, and Corona Del Mar are all within 30 minutes from each other, but offer something unique.

For surfing and seafood, Huntington Beach is the place to go. For shopping and croissant donuts, head to Newport Beach.

For burgers, shakes, and ferris wheels, head to Balboa Beach. But if you prefer a more secluded, family-friendly beach, head to Corona Del Mar. 

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