Corona Del Mar – Cliff Jump – California
Can I just start off by saying, Corona Del Mar is B E A utiful! I just can not get over what this coastline has to offer. Corona Del Mar is full of stunning landscapes and is home to an amazing spot to do some hiking and cliff jumping. Corona Del Mar is very small and can be found between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, also beautiful places. Below I have an embedded map that will show you exactly where in Corona Del Mar you need to go for this awesome cliff jump!
How to get there
First things first, drive from wherever it is that you may be, to Little Corona Beach, Corona Del Mar. Once you are there you will park by the houses out in front of the trail that leads you down to the beach.
Once you park, head South, the street will end and you will be faced with a trail that leads straight down to Little Corona Beach. Here is a path I detailed for you that will lead you straight to where you need to go for the Corona Del Mar cliff jump.
Along the Corona Del Mar coastline to the jump site, you will encounter two stretches of beach and two spots where the rock faces come out. Along these rock faces, it is imperative to wear some sort of water shoes, or simply just some sort of old shoes you don’t care about to help you walk on the sharp rocks. I have done it barefoot before and it took four times as long and was miserable. Here is a link to the best shoes for the job with the most affordable price. ( My favorite on Amazon ) I had these that I got from my Kern River Rafting trip and luckily they were perfect for this Corona Del Mar adventure!
There is a very important step to getting to this Corona Del Mar cliff jump, you must go when the tide is right. If you try to cross those rocky areas with a high tide you will find that they are covered with water. If you try to jump off the cliff at low tide, you will likely hit the bottom. So you must plan out your day with the tides. Luckily, we know what the tides are at all times, you can find an accurate tide chart for Corona Del Mar by clicking here. Below is a picture of what you are looking for. The green dots represent a safe time to go and the red line represents when you shouldn’t try to go. The idea is to go when the tide is low and rising, hang out and jump for the day while it is high, and to leave when it is low and falling.
Here are some shots I took along the way to the Corona Del Mar Cliff Jump.
You made it! (the walk from the car took about 30 minutes or less) Right behind me, there is a spot you can put all your personal belongings that you don’t want to get wet for the day. There is a camera overlooking the spot, which I found strange. There are mansions lining the Corona Del Mar coastline and I believe this may be a private beach, but I have never heard of any problems, and the owners seem not to mind if you are respectful and just there for a good time. Here is a picture of where I am standing from the rock.
We got there when the tide was still fairly low but high enough to jump, which was perfect. At this height, you can walk all the way to the rock without getting in the water, for the most part. Later in the day, you will be swimming to the climbing points. There are three ways to get up this beautiful rock and I will show you all three in the picture below.
After you have parked, trekked, and set your stuff down in the designated area.. it is finally time to jump! Make sure to have fun and be safe!
Above is where you jump from, there is a little cement patch that somebody has put down to signify where to take off. You can also jump in the middle of the arch way, but may be a better idea at a higher tide and only do it if you are an experienced swimmer and the swell isn’t too violent. When you have had your fun, and the tide is just right to go home pack up and get back before it creeps up too high for you to return. I urge you to collect any plastic that you may find on your way back, there will be trash cans where you entered Little Corona Beach and if we all do our part we can rid these beautiful coastlines of waste and help keep them beautiful. After you’ve made it back to your car, you are hungry, and want to get some food ASAP. There is an amazing spot just up the street called the Rose Bakery Cafe. ( I linked the menu here for you) They serve breakfast and lunch and are open from 5am-6pm.
I had myself a breakfast burrito and it was exactly what I needed after my Corona Del Mar cliff jumping adventure.
Thats all guys! Hope you enjoyed the blog post and even more I hope that you go adventure this beautiful place for yourself. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to ask and comment away. Get out there and explore friends, and remember, you don’t HAVE TO, you GET TO.