Utopia Along the Pacific

If you’re looking for a picturesque beach in Southern California that would make Sir Thomas More‘s Utopia look like a slum, make sure you check out Strands Beach in Dana Point. It’s not seen from the Pacific Coast Highway; rather, it’s nestled beneath a bluff bordering the Ritz Carlton on one side and a mountain of brand new, multi-million dollar homes on the other.

Getting to the sand is a picturesque journey down dozens of paved steps. If you’re not up to the short hike, jump inside the tram, which runs up and down the hill all day, giving weary, water-logged beach goers a break. Other amenities include free parking, bathrooms, showers, and unlimited photo opportunities.

On any given day, the beach is filled with both locals and tourists looking for a chance to catch some waves, sun, and relaxation.

Strands is the essence of southern California; it’s majestic, awe-inspiring, natural seascape is a little piece of paradise.

41 thoughts on “Utopia Along the Pacific

  1. Lesley,
    As a CA native, I completely appreciate the beauty of the coastline. Thanks so much highlighting a section that many might be aware of. Thanks also for visiting my site and the positive feedback on the Roberto Clemente piece I wrote. As an aside, I think the picture of little Roberto Jr. kissing the photo of his dad is one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever seen.


  2. Photos like these are about the only time I wish I were very rich. It would be paradise to actually live there overlooking the ocean. I’m sure ANY of the houses would be adequate. 😉


  3. A little bit of heaven on earth I have felt while enjoying this beautiful post featuring Strands Beach in SoCal! Thank you so much for this lovely sharing.


  4. I was privileged to go to a New Year’s Eve party in Dana Point back in 1999 for Y2K. The house had awesome views, four floors, and an elevator! I had never been in a residential house with an elevator.


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