A vote for The Wedge in Newport/Balboa. Why do they call it that? There's a likelihood your bathing suit is going up your butt if you step into the heavy waved, shore break waters. "Ooh, this is the most action I’ve had in months".
Wedge is in a residential area and more of a relaxing beach, a tranquil locale. Boats pulling out of the harbor, Catalina Island in the distance, wide sandy area (this is oft overlooked…don’t you want space?). Hit Main St. in Huntington Beach if you want to party hardy.