There’s no shortage of waterfront destinations to experience in our corner of the world here in Southern California. If the sight of a lovely waterfront view is what you seek, then you’ll delight in visiting these 9 splendid spots that will surround you with water in every direction. Ready to bliss out? Let’s take a tour of some of these special waterfront gems here in SoCal.
1. Seaport Village San Diego
San Diego is brimming with tons of waterfront destinations to enjoy throughout the city. Seaport Village is a lively place to get outside and enjoy the stunning waterfront views for a walk or a bite to eat. It's also a perfect spot to take a ferry ride across the way to picturesque Coronado Island.
2. Embarcadero Marina Park North in San Diego
Another gem located in America's Finest City, this magnificent park will treat you to stunning views of the San Diego skyline. Bring your walking shoes, as this spot is accessible from nearby Seaport Village. You can walk from one area to the next and indulge in waterfront activities in San Diego all day long.
3. Venice Canal Historic District
Even if you're not lucky enough to live in this historic district of Los Angeles, you can still enjoy the gorgeous waterfront setting by taking a scenic walk through this section of the city made up of man-made canals.
4. Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach
What a picturesque setting! Take a stroll, have a bite to eat, relax on one of the benches and soak up the waterfront views on a breezy summer day.
5. Avalon/Catalina Island
Perhaps one of the most beloved destinations in Southern California, the town of Avalon on Catalina Island is a magical waterfront oasis perfect for a long weekend away of exploring, shopping, boating and dining.
6. Santa Monica Palisades Park
Fresh green grass, towering palm trees and a breathtaking ocean view is the kind of scenery you'll experience at Palisades Park in Santa Monica. Enjoy yoga in the park, live music, a picnic, or maybe a little nap on a blanket while relaxing to the sound of the ocean in the background. It's the perfect way to spend a day in SoCal next to the water!
7. Balboa Fun Zone in Newport Beach
Who can resist a waterfront destination with corn dogs, cotton candy, arcades and a ferris wheel? If you're a kid at heart, or want to bring a smile to the kids in your life, then head on over to Balboa Fun Zone for a memorable day of amusement along the water.
8. Fisherman's Village in Marina Del Rey
This waterfront village in Marina Del Rey is easily recognizable by the colorful wooden buildings along the promenade. Outdoor concerts, boating, biking and harbor cruises can all be enjoyed from this magical waterfront location.
9. Dana Point Harbor
You may never want to leave Dana Point Harbor after a visit to this charming treasure tucked inside Orange County. The harbor is a popular destination for locals and visitors, and boasts a large number of waterfront activities that will keep you entertained from morning till night. Whether you enjoy shopping at specialty boutiques, outdoor dining at a waterfront cafe', whale watching or learning about sea life at the Ocean Institute, there are tons of activities to choose from that are perfect for every interest.
Slather on that sunscreen and go enjoy a day outside in SoCal. This is just a small sample of the many waterfront destinations you can enjoy in this part of our beautiful state. Where are your favorite destinations to experience the sights and sounds of the water?