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This beach is a favorite among families with young children because the shelter of the Harbor's breakwaters provides safety from the harsh currents. The kids will also enjoy watching the boats come and go through the Harbor mouth.

In addition, the dunes provide an illusion of isolation.  After all, the Marina Village is right across the street so you're actually smack dab in the middle of everything, but, it doesn't seem that way from the beach.  If you were planning on making a day of it, Channel Islands Visitor Center is also across the street, as is many restaurants and an arcade.

Pros:  Abundant parking.  The calm water is great for swimming.  Lifeguards, restrooms and foot showers round out the list of amenities.

Cons:  The abundant parking isn't always abundant enough, especially on warm weekends.  If you are looking for quiet times away from the children, this isn't the best beach (although just down the street, you will find Surfer's Knoll, which IS a good beach to avoid the little ones).

Directions:   From the 101 take the Seaward exit and turn towards the ocean.  Turn left onto Harbor Blvd and follow this road as it curves around the edge the Marina.  When you get to Spinnaker Drive (the main entrance to the Marina) turn right. Drive until you reach the end of Spinnaker.  The parking lot for the beach is on the left.