Elizabeth (New Jersey)
Driving from LAX to San Diego and want to make a stop at a beach to break up the drive. Best option for a half day trip? Hermosa Beach? Laguna Beach? Newport Beach? I'll be with my new husband and we're taking a casual Cali honeymoon visiting friends and exploring.
Depends on when you're coming. Laguna Beach is absurdly crowded in summer. If you're just looking for some relaxation on a big, sandy beach, try Huntington Beach. It's roughly halfway so it will be a nice stopping point. Hermosa Beach is pretty far North so you'll still have a long way to go from there. Newport Beach would also be a good spot, it's just south of Huntington, though I think it's easier to park in Huntington than Newport.
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