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When planning a trip to Anaheim, Disneyland® Resort is often at the top of many travelers’ lists, but it’s certainly not the only reason people vacation here! Anaheim is also known for its sports teams, downtown district, live music scene, craft breweries, and incredible global cuisine! There’s so much to see, do, and enjoy right here in Anaheim, but we know that it’s hard to beat a day at the beach!

Nestled along the sun-kissed shores of Southern California, Orange County offers endless stretches of golden sand, waves crashing in rhythm, and a vibe that screams California cool. Luckily for us, world-class beaches are just a short drive away from us here in Anaheim, and they make fantastic day trip destinations for our guests at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel!

Sun, Sand, and Surf: Anaheim’s Perfect Beach Day Getaways

Were often asked for our take on the best Orange County beaches, and it’s a tricky question to answer! You’ll likely get a different take from everyone on our team, as there is a lot to love about each of the famous beaches around Anaheim! To help you plan the perfect beach day, we’ve put together an overview of some of the best Orange County beaches near Anaheim, so grab your sunscreen and flip-flops, and let’s start planning the best beach vacation!

Newport BeachNewport Beach, CA

  • Distance from Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel: 17.9 miles
  • Best Route from Anaheim: via CA-55 N and I-5 N

As one of the largest recreational boat harbors on the West Coast, Newport Beach is where boat lovers’ dreams set sail!  It’s a fantastic beach spot for sailing, fishing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, and endless adventures! While you’re there, explore Newport Beach Pier and Balboa Pier, along with the iconic Balboa Fun Zone—an oceanfront gem boasting a Ferris wheel and nostalgic amusement park vibes.

Seal Beach Seal Beach, CA

  • Distance from Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel: 19.5 miles
  • Best Route from Anaheim: via CA-22 E

Looking to escape the crowds of Disneyland® Resort for a quiet beach day? Seal Beach has the small-town feel you’re craving, with wide, sandy beaches and plenty of local Orange County charm! There’s a great wooden boardwalk, lots of little shops and spots to eat, and a pier perfect for catching the sunset on. While you’re there, look to the southwest. You can see Catalina Island, one of California’s famous Channel Islands, best known for incredible wildlife, and Mt. Orizaba, its highest peak.

Huntington Beach Huntington Beach, CA

  • Distance from Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel: 21.1 miles
  • Best Route from Anaheim: via CA-55 N and I-5 N

Dubbed “Surf City USA,” Huntington Beach is the perfect beach destination for die-hard surfers and beachgoers of all ages. Huntington Beach is home to some of the best beaches in California, including Huntington City Beach, Huntington State Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, and Sunset Beach! Just a quick drive over from Anaheim, Huntington Beach is a favorite spot for vacationers looking to pack in some surfside fun during a trip to Disneyland® Resort! Check out the city’s events calendar to plan your trip around some of their incredible surf competitions or other local festivities!

Laguna Beach Laguna Beach, CA

  • Distance from Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel: 27.3 miles
  • Best Route from Anaheim: via CA-73 N

Nestled in Orange County, California, Laguna Beach beckons beach lovers with its stunning coastline! Check out Main Beach’s tide pools, Aliso Beach Park’s prime surf, and  Crystal Cove State Park’s underwater wonders while you’re there! There’s also a thriving arts community to explore and some of the best hiking trails for coastal views!

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center will be closed until fall 2024, but it is a family favorite for Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel guests and team members! Be sure to add it to your itinerary when they open their expanded facility back up to visitors!

Long Beach Long Beach, CA

  • Distance from Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel: 29.6 miles
  • Best Route from Anaheim: via I-405 S and CA-22 E

Long Beach, CA, was voted one of America’s “Most Walkable Cities,” making it an ideal day trip destination from Anaheim!  Bayshore is probably the city’s most well-known beach, but you can also explore Granada Beach, Peninsula Beach, Colorado Lagoon, and Alamitos Beach for some fun in the sun! Don’t miss the permanently docked RMS Queen Mary (a retired British ocean liner), and check out the Aquarium of the Pacific while you’re there!

Dana Point Dana Point, CA

  • Distance from Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel: 37.3 miles
  • Best Route from Anaheim: via CA-73 N and I-5 N

Dana Point Harbor is one of the most iconic Orange County coastal landmarks and a great spot for whale-watching and so much more! While Dana Point is often described as one big beach, there are actually a few different beach destinations to explore while you’re there. Doheny State Beach,  Salt Creek Beach, Strands Beach for swimming and surfing,  Capistrano Beach for volleyball and cycling, and  Baby Beach for paddle boarders and kayakers. Baby Beach is also among the best beaches for babies and young children!

Hit the Road: Getting from Anaheim to the BeachGetting from Anaheim to the Beach

No matter how you get to Anaheim, planning your day trip to the beach is easy!

Driving: We’ve got Self Parking Facilities on-site at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel, so driving yourself to any of our local beaches is quick and convenient. You can also rent a car or look at Lyft and Uber fares! Be sure to research the available beach parking lots and facilities before heading out if you drive yourself.

Anaheim Tour Company: The Anaheim Tour Company offers an OC Beach Bus Tour that will take you to Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach all in one day! They also offer dolphin and whale-watching tour options.

Making Waves in Anaheim: Book Your Stay Today

At the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel, we’re here to make your trip a magical one, whether we’re your base camp for a beach vacation or your home away from home while exploring Disneyland® Resort. Step into the lobby and be whisked away to a majestic oasis, offering castle-themed decor, spacious rooms, and impressive gardens—a perfect escape from your bustling day in sunny Southern California!

Book your stay today!