Top 4 Beaches for Babies & Toddlers in Orange County

Orange County is known for its great surfing beaches, but what if you want something a bit calmer for your babies or toddlers?

Older kids might love running into the waves, but it’s hard to let babies and toddlers enjoy the beach without worrying about them getting knocked over or swept away. So we created some criteria for baby-friendly beaches:

  • Calm water with almost no waves
  • Shallow water with very gradual drop off
  • Lots of sand space to play in

This lets little ones crawl around in shallow water and toddlers to play more freely in the water without fear of big waves or strong currents. Do these beaches exist in Orange County? We searched throughout O.C. and found the best ones. Here they are, going from north to south.

1. Seabridge Park, Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is known for is prime surfing beaches, but hidden away in the canals of the Huntington Harbor is Seabridge Park. It’s a green space with a small sand beach. Boats and kayaks pass by, but the play area is roped off.

There’s also a pirate-themed playground playground next to the beach, and public restrooms available. There is a small free parking lot next the beach/park, and limited street parking as well.

2. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach

While Newport Dunes is on a resort, access to the beach is free to the public. Being fairly inland in the Newport Bay and in a “cul-de-sac” with no boats, the water here is perfectly still. There’s plenty of beach to find an open space, along with some picnic tables to sit down at.

The beach has a small playground, public restrooms, and a mini-convenience store. There’s a large paid parking lot next to the beach – it’s part of the resort – so you shouldn’t have trouble finding a spot. There is also some street parking available, though those get taken up pretty quickly.

3. 19th Street Bay Beach, Newport Beach

On the inside of the Balboa Peninsula is 19th Street Bay Beach, a narrow strip of sand with still waters. As its in a harbor, you’ll see small boats docked all around and passing by. It’s part of the Marina Park recreation area. There’s a fairly large playground next to the beach that’s a hit with kids, and also large green grassy spaces perfect for picnics.

There are public restrooms available in the park. This peninsula gets pretty crowded with parking, but there are a number of small paid parking lots around the beach, as well as street parking along the main road, so you should find something with a little patience.

4. Baby Beach / Mother’s Beach, Dana Point

Way down in South OC is Baby Beach or Mother’s Beach – it’s referenced as both. This stretch of sand is at the end of Dana Point Harbor with calm waters. There’s also a small grassy area in front.

There are plenty of free parking lots around the harbor, though this area can get pretty crowded and it might takes some time to find a spot.

If you’re looking for a calm beach for your baby or toddler in Orange County, there are plenty of beaches available where your little ones can play safely in.

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