We were recently contacted by a JohnWayneAirport.org reader who asked: “what are the closest beaches to the John Wayne Orange County Airport?”  We have reached the heat of summer so it’s no wonder people are thinking about a trip to the beach!  If you’re headed to Orange County, you’re in luck because there are a number of great beach communities to visit and they’re all within a 42 mile span of uninterrupted beach.

The closest beach to the John Wayne Airport is Newport Beach, located just 7 miles, or 12-15 minutes from the airport.  North of Newport Beach is Huntington Beach then Sunset Beach, Surfside and Seal Beach.  South of Newport Beach you’ll find Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente.

beachThe beaches from Laguna Beach north are flat with tan/brown colored sand and easy access while the beaches south of Laguna are at the base of hills and cliffs and have smooth sand interspersed with rock formations and rocky coves and tide pools.  Access to these beaches usually requires climbing stairs which can make it more difficult for some visitors.

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