Beaches in the area include Corona del Mar State Beach as well as Crystal Cove State Park south of Corona del Mar, accessible by paths winding down a steep hillside. Settled early in the 20th century, the older area of Corona del Mar consists mostly of closely-spaced, free-standing, detached single-family houses of varying architecture, concentrated along Pacific Coast Highway (also known as “PCH” or State Route 1).
Newer developments in Harbor View Hills consist of California ranch-style houses, many with expansive ocean views. Corona del Mar has no locally administered municipal government, but receives all municipal level services from the City of Newport Beach, and has a representative to the Newport Beach City Council. It is unusual in that although it is a part of an incorporated city, the post office accepts a mailing address of Corona del Mar for those residents living in the 92625 ZIP Code, and the community has its own Chamber of Commerce.