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Sherman Library and Gardens - more photos
One of the jewels on the crown of Corona del Mar is Sherman Library and Gardens. The Gardens began in 1958 and has grown to occupy a full city block. It has an extensive botanical collection ranging from rare cacti to exotic vegetation, and the Library has more than 15,000 books and pamphlets giving a history of Corona del Mar and the Pacific Southwest. The setting includes fountains, sculptures, flowers and hanging baskets. A conservatory houses bromeliads, orchids, ferns and a koi pond. There is a Discovery Garnden designed foer the blind whose essential appeal is the sense of touch and smell.

The Five Crowns Restaurant
The Five Crowns was first built in Corona del Mar in 1953 by Tillie MacCullock. It is a copy of Ye Olde Bell, an Inn at Hurley-on-the-Thames, England. The current restaurant has served both as a residence and an inn in previous years, and now remains a beautiful Corona del Mar Landmark with a wonderful menu.


Crystal Cove State Park has 3.5 miles of beach and 2,000 acres of undeveloped woodland, which is popular for hiking and horseback riding. The offshore waters are designated as an underwater park. Crystal Cove is used by mountain bikers inland and scuba and skin divers underwater. The beach is popular with swimmers and surfers. Visitors can explore tidepools and sandy coves.

Big Corona State Beach
Corona del Mar State Beach is a popular place for swimmers. The half-mile long sandy beach framed by cliffs and a rock jetty that forms the east entrance to Newport Harbor. The beach is also popular with surfers and divers, Volley Ball Players and sun bathers. Location – Directions The beach can be reached via an access road near the intersection of Iris Street and Ocean Boulevard in Corona del Mar.  For more information on Parking, Hours and recreation at Big Corona State Beach call (949) 644-3151.

Additional Area Recreation
For more activity Information visit the Newport Beach Conference & Visitor’s Bureau