Stretching along the California Coast, Pacific Coast Highway or Highway 1 offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean on one side and charming coastal towns, cliffs and panoramic vistas on the other. We invite you on a journey to create memories that will last a lifetime. As we explore the wonders of this iconic route, lined with quaint coastal towns that make Orange County a must-visit destination, we’re committed to guide you on a path to offset your carbon footprint along the way.
Are you ready to pack your bags, hit the open road, and let the magic of Orange County’s coastal towns unfold before you?
- Huntington Beach: Also known as Surf City USA. Catch some waves, take a stroll along the Huntington Beach Pier, or simply relax on the sandy shores. Downtown Huntington Beach features a bustling scene of restaurants, shops, and entertainment.
- Bolsa Chica: The Shallow waters and a wide open beach make this spot a surfer’s paradise as the pristine waves roll in and break creating the perfect surf. This beach is located at Warner Avenue and extends south all the way to Seapoint Avenue. If you cross the Pacific Coast Highway, you’ll find the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve which offers birding, hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing opportunities.
- Crystal Cove State Park: Crystal Cove State Park has 3.2 miles of beach, 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness, which is popular for outdoor enthusiasts and an offshore underwater area. Crystal Cove offers sand and surf, rocky reefs, ridges and canyons – plus recreational opportunities – that appeal to everybody.
- Seal Beach: Located on the coast in the upper north end of Orange County, Seal Beach is known for its charming, small town atmosphere. Walking the pier is a must to take in the wide view that includes Seal Beach, Long Beach, mountains, jetties, dolphins, seals, and surfers. Near the pier, and along Main Street, there are restaurants and shops of all types.
- Laguna Beach: Exploring Downtown, Heisler Park, and Main Beach is a must. Just south from the main beach along the PCH you’ll find Downtown Laguna Beach, with tons of cute little boutique shops and places to eat. Explore the numerous art galleries, visit the Laguna Art Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along Main Beach.
- Dana Point Headlands: The Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area is a nature preserve directly above the ocean. Discover its beauty through an accessible one-mile hiking trail offering breathtaking ocean vistas. For those seeking more adventure, the option to extend to a 2.5-mile loop is available
Amid the excitement of exploration, let’s not forget our responsibility towards the environment. Here are some tips for offsetting your carbon footprint:
- Go Electric: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a hybrid car can reduce your carbon emissions by 51 percent, and an electric car can bring those down even farther by 64 percent.
- Plan Your Trip: You can cut down your gas use by eliminating detours.
- Pack Smart: Pack your reusable water bottles, an extra bag for trash and reef safe sunscreen.
- Eat and Shop Local: Experience the local charm by dining and shopping within Orange County’s diverse options. Whether it’s visiting a farmers market or exploring the boutiques scattered across its numerous coastal towns.