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Old 06-03-2015, 04:19 PM
 
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Those two things don't go together. July is peak season for tourists, all of which want to go to the beach.

Well of course, but I was assuming that there were some places that attract more tourists (like Santa Monica or South Beach in Miami) and then more locals/local tourists (like the 909ers OC folks whine about) oriented beaches.
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Old 06-03-2015, 05:14 PM
 
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I think San Clemente is where you want to go, close to the pier as you can afford, but if that's too expensive there are plenty of older, winding neighborhoods surrounding it. Plenty of real surfer dudes, beach bums, one-off food joints and a nice "main" st Del Mar which you can follow right to the pier. It's not all polished up but still kid-friendly. Nearby is Dana Point with its very nice harbor, whale watching tours, and OK tide pools during low tide. I'm guessing DP would be more expensive vs San Clemente, but definitely soak in DP Harbor before they start the massive "revitalization" project in late 2015 and strip it of its old school charm.

That being said, Huntington Beach offers more of a Spring Break 80s Beach Movie feel with warmer and better swimming, more sand, etc, but I would keep San Clemente my base camp and just do Huntington for a day or two (stay until sunset for the full experience). As others have said Laguna Beach gets painfully crowded but it is worth a visit.

I don't have much experience with the the coast beyond Huntington.

San Clemente to Pasadena is at least 80 minutes in minimum traffic, so avoid rush hours.

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Old 06-03-2015, 06:30 PM
 
Location: OC/LA
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Those two things don't go together. July is peak season for tourists, all of which want to go to the beach.
Last summer I went camping San onofre beach down by the power plant multiple times and it was never crowded.
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Old 06-03-2015, 06:51 PM
 
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I agree San Clemente or Dana Point would be a good choice. I think OC beaches, especially South Orange County beaches, are especially beautiful. The water is very pretty and several of the Laguna Beaches, 1000 steps, 3 arch, Turtle Rock and Victoria (check out the castle). There is also lots of hiking in South Orange County if you like that sort of thing. Of coarse surfing and paddle boarding are also popular. And be sure to eat at the Harbour House in Dana Point.
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Star Idaho
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ALL the beach cities will be packed. Traffic on PCH will be gridlocked. Good Luck.
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Old 06-03-2015, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Hyrule
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Anywhere that is coastal OC works but I recommend San Clemente or Dana Point for the classic California beach experience. Also, San Clemente will likely be a bit more affordable.
I agree! The perfect old California feel. I want a place down there to escape the crowd myself. Hopefully there's no base training missions. Lol
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