An RV trip down the southern coast of California is a wonderful respite from the harsh winter winds blowing in most of the rest of the U.S. The Pacific is at its winter’s best, the wild surf inviting snapshots shot from the sandy beaches. Drive from Newport Beach to Oceanside, California to experience a number of lovely views, relatively warm weather and plenty of attractions.
Newport Beach is the perfect starting point and you will want to stay a few days to take in the sights. Besides lovely beaches to stroll, you will find a wonderful destination at the Newport Pier at Balboa Peninsula, where you can stand and smell that clean sea air. Also check out the ExplorOcean / Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. Explore all the facets of nautical exploration. Experience the Alvin submersible deep-sea diving simulator as well, to see the creatures that live in the depths.
Perhaps it is too cold to swim, but it is never too cold to do some beachcombing. Newport Beach is made for this, particularly at Corona del Mar State Beach. The views are magnificent! Then head over to Crystal Cove State Park, more than 2,000 acres of woodlands where you can hike or go horseback riding. Watch the animal and bird life around the tide pools. Remember, you can find wonderful RV camping right in Newport Beach, such as the lovely Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.
Head down the coast now to Laguna Beach to enjoy numerous events the year round. There are a number of attractions for the whole family, too. At the Laguna Art Museum you will see art from talented California artists as well as events with music and more. Visit the Pacific Marine Mammal Center where marine animals are rescued and rehabilitated before being released back into the wild.
Get out into the wilderness to marvel at the oak and sycamore forests in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Springs bubble through the woodlands and you’ll see mule deer, red-tailed hawks and bobcats. These coastal canyons provide lots of opportunities to climb ridges for amazing views. The park is committed to help protect some endangered species of birds.
The best place to hike is the Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Take a three-mile round trip hike to Wood Canyon. Extend your trek and go to Sycamore Grove – a six-mile roundtrip hike. Once you have had your fill of exploring the forests, you can hop in your RV and head south once again. There is a lot more to see and do on this trip.
When you reach Dana Point, stop at Doheny State Beach. If you like to fish, this is the spot to go. You can also do some biking and hiking. Further along on your trip, you’ll come to San Clemente. There are a few sights to see here, such as the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens and the Cabrillo Playhouse where you may be able to catch a live production.
Before you get to Oceanside, stop off at San Onofre State Beach where you can witness a historical surf break. Then in Oceanside, California be sure to take a self-guided tour of downtown. History galore! Walk along the Oceanside Pier and visit the “Top Gun House” from the movie. Time to head home, but you are taking a lot of great memories with you!
Be sure to pick up your RV rental for this excursion at our Newport Beach RV Rentals location.
Picture credits: The picture of Triangle Point in Newport Beach is by D Ramey Logan and is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. The picture of Tyson Street Park is also from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.