|The south coast of California is "surf city," with miles of sandy beaches where kids can swim, boogie board and surf. The sparkling blue waters are rich in marine life – dolphins, colorful fish, whales, and sea lions. All along the south coast, go on whale watching cruises to see the gray whales from December to April.|
|Mission San Juan Capistrano – This is one of our favorite missions, and is conveniently located just off Interstate 5. Mission Juan Capistrano was completed in 1777, and the small Serra Chapel is still in use. Today, you can see the chapel, workshops, storerooms, forge and kitchen, cemetery, garden, fountains, and bronze church bells. Also called "Mission of the Swallows," for centuries, migrating swallows returned to the mission each March, observed by a celebration on Saint Joseph's Day, March 19.|
for Kids has plenty of fun things to do with kids on the south coast, but you'll
need a fun place to stay.
Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels for Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente, all styles and price ranges, near to places you'll want to explore:
|South Coast family hotels|
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