Best of 2014: Quality Sand

Beach just north of Newport Pier

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Orange County’s ideal beach? While several county agencies routinely measure coastal water, none evaluates the sand, which, after all, is where many of us park ourselves for hours. Stanley Rosen, a dedicated beachcomber who knows his grains and works the O.C, shoreline with his metal detectors, recommends this sand. It’s clean, extra fine, and soft, providing perfect cushioning for an afternoon nap.

21st Street and Oceanfront, Newport Beach

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