A Guide to Corona del Mar Jetty

A rock jetty coming off the beach and going into the ocean
Check out the Corona del Mar Jetty

Corona del Mar, California is full of interesting places to see and things to do. But one of the best landmarks in the city that’ll make you “swell” with excitement is the Corona del Mar Jetty.

There are two jetties that jut out from the shore off of Corona del Mar. The east jetty comes off Corona del Mar State Beach, and the west jetty (the larger) is just across the channel entry to Newport Harbor. Of course, the jetty is more than just a bunch of rocks piled high in the ocean. Here’s everything you need to know about the Corona del Mar Jetty.

What to know about the jetty

Corona del Mar Beach has always been a popular spot. Back in the 1920s, it was a popular spot for surfers and beach parties alike. Unfortunately, the waves weren’t always consistent. However, that all changed.

The 800-foot jetty was installed off the rocks at Big Corona and ran all the way into the beach. Although it wasn’t really meant for surfers, it definitely helped.

Surfers could walk out on the jetty, get in the water at Big Corona, and ride the waves for a whopping 800 feet all the way into shore. Rinse, repeat, and you have yourself one of the best surf spots in the country! Even better, the jetty made the waves much, much bigger, leading to the iconic surf spot called The Wedge.

The jetties were extended later in the decade, and they currently reach over 1,500 feet off the coast of Corona del Mar. It’s quite the sight!

A surfboard sitting on the sand with worn shoes on top
The Corona del Mar Jetty has always been a favorite for surfers.

How to get to Corona del Mar Jetty

Since the Corona del Mar Jetty splits the Newport Harbor Channel, there are two different ways to get there.

The east jetty is accessible from Corona del Mar State Beach Park. Simply go to downtown Corona del Mar on Rt. 1 and find a road called Ocean Avenue. Follow Ocean Ave. all the way down to the coast until you see the beach. From there, head out onto the sand until you see the impressive jetty sticking out into the water.

If you want to get to the west jetty (and The Wedge), it takes a little more effort. Ride all the way through Corona del Mar on Rt 1 until you get to Newport Beach. Then, go over the bridge onto the Balboa Peninsula, and follow West Balboa Blvd. all the way to the end. When the pavement stops, you’ll see the even larger west jetty and the massive waves crashing to the shore.

For quick and easy directions, follow this link to find the Corona del Mar Jetty on Google Maps.

The city of Corona del Mar and the beach photographed from above
Corona del Mar is the place to be!

Things to do at Corona del Mar Jetty

It’s California! There’s always something fun to do. At the Corona del Mar Jetty, people have been having fun since the 1920s. Here are just a few of the exciting activities you can enjoy if you visit today:

Hit the beach: Naturally, Corona del Mar State Beach Park has some of the best white sandy beaches you can find. Catch some rays, build a sandcastle, or enjoy wading in the water.

Get a snack: Grab a beachside pit stop at The Jetty, a snack shack sitting right on the beach.

Go fishing: Make your way all the way out to the end of the massive west jetty for some of the best fishing in Corona del Mar.

And of course, catch a wave: Duh! The Wedge has some of the best surfing in the country! Grab a board and catch some waves.

And once you’re done with the fun at the jetty, head into town for some of the best restaurants, shopping, and fun in downtown Corona del Mar!

Surfer riding a massive blue wave
The most popular activity at Corona del Mar Jetty

Corona del Mar is the place to be

Whether you want to get the adrenaline pumping on some huge swells or just want to take it easy on the beach, there’s something for everyone in Corona del Mar. If you want to make this beautiful Southern California city your home, trust the experts at the Stavros Group. We’ll help you find the perfect seaside property to suit your lifestyle and needs. Contact us today to get started!

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Newport Beach, CA 92660




Where is Corona Del Mar located?

Bird’s eye view of waves crashing onto shore with a boardwalk and building
Visit beautiful Corona Del Mar

Between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach in southern Los Angeles, you’ll find the quaint neighborhood of Corona Del Mar. It’s a seaside village known for its pristine beaches, picturesque cliffs, tide pools, and cute village shops. If you’re looking for a true slice of Southern California living, Corona Del Mar is a place you won’t want to miss.

Directions to Corona Del Mar, California

It’s easy to get to Corona Del Mar. From just about anywhere in California, simply head west until you hit the Pacific Coast Highway or Route 101 (Route 1 in some areas). If you’re in downtown Los Angeles or anywhere north of LA, head south. If you’re south of LA or in San Diego, head north.

From there, simply keep driving until you see the signs that say Corona Del Mar. Route 1 goes right through the middle of Corona Del Mar, so it’s hard to miss!

If you prefer to use Google Maps (like just about everyone these days), click this link to get directions to Corona Del Mar on your mobile device.

Car on the road overlooking the ocean
It’s a nice cruise on the Pacific Coast Highway toward Corona Del Mar.

A brief history of Corona Del Mar

The name Corona Del Mar translates to “Crown of the Sea.” And once you catch a glimpse of the beautiful beaches and seaside cliffs on the western edge of the town, it’s easy to see why!

The land was originally a ranch owned by the Irvine family in 1875. After years of drought and hard times, the oceanfront land (which had very little value to farmers) was sold to a man named George E. Hart.

Hart had a vision of creating quaint little beach towns all the way up the Southern California coast. He bought the property from the Irvines in 1904 and named his new development Corona Del Mar.

Development was slow at first, and the land changed hands a few times. But eventually, Corona Del Mar transformed from poor farmland to luxurious oceanfront properties, pristine world-class beaches, and adorable village shops and restaurants that attract visitors from all over the world. Today, Corona Del Mar is home to around 13,000 residents.

You can see classic Corona Del Mar in several films, including the Oscar-winner All Quiet on the Western Front, which helped add to its growing popularity over the years.

Bird’s eye view of a city with a waterway running through the middle
There’s plenty of history in this little beach town.

Things to do in the area

There’s no shortage of things to do when you visit Corona Del Mar. It has come a long way from its humble beginnings!

Some of the most popular activities in Corona Del Mar involve the outdoors. There are several points of interest throughout the neighborhood:

The Goldenrod Footbridge
(built in 1928)
Sherman Library and Gardens
Corona Del Mar State Beach
Arch Rock

There’s also no better way to take in the beautiful Southern California landscape than by playing a few rounds of golf — which Corona Del Mar has plenty of!

A rock arch off the coast
Arch Rock is quite the sight for visitors from all over.

Ready to make your visit to Corona Del Mar more permanent?

Even in beautiful Los Angeles, it’s hard to find a more picturesque place than Corona Del Mar. Between the shopping, dining, pristine beaches, and picturesque cliffs, it’s the perfect place to call home.

If you’re interested in making the move to the Corona Del Mar area, the real estate experts at the Stavros Group are always happy to lend a helping hand. We’re ready to answer your questions and help you find the perfect property to fit your lifestyle and goals. Contact us today to start the search for your next home.

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Andy Stavros              

DRE #: 01408840

Phone: 949.290.0139

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Address: The Stavros Group

12 Corporate Plaza #250,

Newport Beach, CA 92660




The Intriguing History of Costa Mesa

Location, Location, Location

Costa Mesa is nestled in a perfect Southern California spot. It is just 37 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 88 miles north of San Diego. The town of Costa Mesa is 16 square miles, with its border to the south only a mile from the Pacific Ocean.


Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

The first inhabitants of what we now know as Costa Mesa were native American Indians who settled near the banks of the Santa Ana River. Archaeologists have found artifacts in the area that indicate they called their village Lukup. In 1776, six Spanish leagues founded Mission San Juan Capistrano, the area’s first European settlement. Occasionally, the padres at the mission would visit the nearby village of Lukup.


In the early 1820’s, Capistrano cattle grazed in the Costa Mesa area, and housing had to be constructed to protect the herdsmen, who protected the cattle. A small adobe was built to house the crew. This structure still stands, being recently restored and transformed by the City into a museum. You can see it at 1900 Adams Avenue in Estancia Park. Just down the road, at Adams and Harbor is another part of Costa Mesa’s history. Around 1810, Santiago Del Santa Ana made a land grant to Jose Antonio Yorba. Eventually, settlers began buying pieces of the rancho from Yorba’s heirs (around the 1880’s) and established the town of Fairview. They built a schoolhouse and a church there, and a small hotel would be built near the hot sulfur springs nearby. But just a few years later, in 1889, a storm devastated the community, and it reverted to mostly a farming area.


A nearby rancher by the name of Harper had established a little town named after him, on the siding of the Santa Ana and Newport Railroad. The first business there was Ozmen’s General Store, and the post office would be built shortly thereafter, in 1909. By 1920, Harper had decided to change the name of his town to Costa Mesa, which means ‘coastal tableland’ in Spanish. It was mostly an agrarian community and its farmers grew corn, tomatoes, apples, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Oil drilling industries began to flourish and call Costa Mesa home, but the Great Depression wiped out much of the industry in the area: even the local bank closed. Then, a couple of years later in 1933, a huge earthquake shook the town and damaged many businesses and the main school. The school was rebuilt and is now used for school administration and operations. Costa Mesa just exploded in population following World War II, as soldiers who had trained at bases here wanted to move back with their families and establish deep roots.


Then and Now


Costa Mesa has always rebounded, and today is a major commercial and industrial center of Orange County. It has a population of about 115,000 people. In Costa Mesa, we are proud of the arts, and our city adopted the slogan “The City of the Arts” and is home to the Pacific Symphony and the South Coast Repertory Theater. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts seats 3000 people, being completed in 1985. In 2006, both the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (seating for 2000) and the Samueli Theater (seating for 500) opened their doors to lovers of the arts. Costa Mesa also has 26 parks, the same number of schools and 2 libraries.

Costa Mesa


As you can tell, we love Costa Mesa, and would love to count you as one of our new neighbors! Call us and let us know how we can assist your move here at Stavros Group!