Corona del Mar isn’t publicized much. Its identity is tied to its flower-lined streets (Orchid, Jasmine, Iris, Marigold,) and its splendid coast, a mix of rocky coves and sandy beaches. Though Richard Henry Dana called Dana Point the most romantic place, Corona del Mar is every bit as romantic. Its name means “crown of the sea” in Spanish.
Pictures of Corona del Mar shown include a girl playing in the sand near a rock formation, a climber in Pirate’s Cove where Gilligan’s Island was filmed, Sherman Library & Gardens, and a pretty girl posing for photos in front of Lookout Point.
In the early 1900s Corona del Mar was a premier surfing destination. When Newport Beach developers built jetties for their new harbor they permanently changed the course of nature. The Pacific flow and incredible waves were suddenly diminished. Today as you stand at Corona del Mar’s Overlook Point Park you can see those very jetties. You can also watch the waves coming in, and see them crash against the jetty to create a different situation ideal for bodyboarding in a now famous place called The Wedge.