Laguna Beach is Orange County's most scenic
beach destination. Though parking can require walking several blocks, these
beaches offer tucked away coves, rock formations off shore and vistas beyond
Laguna Beach is part of
Orange County beaches and includes seven miles of
beaches and some of Orange County's most unique beach landforms. With over 20
beaches to its name, Laguna Beach easily can be declared the beach city with the
most beaches in Southern California, outside of San Diego, possibly. Even in
Malibu where there a whopping "27 Miles of Scenic Beauty," we don't believe
you'll find over 20 beaches. If you do, we'll assuredly hear about it and stand
corrected. Not only does Laguna Beach enjoy diverse and beautiful beaches, high
land values, canyons, mountains, TV coverage and fantastic artists, it also
enjoys many beach hotels on, near or overlooking the sand.
In fact, Laguna Beach is the custom-made
vacation destination for families, kids and romantic couples who love the beach.
While Laguna Beach enjoys a Dog park (Laguna Canyon Road (133) near El Toro
Road), dogs are allowed on Laguna Beach beaches during certain hours, much like
the rules for dogs at Newport Beach.
During peak tourist season which runs from
June 1 through September 16 of each year, dogs are allowed on beaches before
from 6:01 p.m. to 7:59 a.m. and must be on a leash at all times (six feet or
shorter). Dogs cannot be on the beach between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
during the summer. When the kids go back to school and the beaches are less
crowded, dogs can be on the beach (on a leash 6 feet or shorter) from September
17 through May 31. The city lawmakers do create some additional restrictions
from time to time and those are generally posted. For more
California Dog Beaches & Parks,
you may want to check out the list supplied.
List of beaches in Laguna Beach:
Beach Beaches Map is a click-to map showing the location of each beach on
the list below.
Agate Street Beach
is next to Pearl Street Beach and overlooks The
Ach Rock. This beach sits in a cove, and is accessed from a set of steps at
the base of Agate Street.
Beachis a fantastic
family beach with a paved parking lot and restroom facilities at the
southern end of Laguna Beach. It is operated by the County of Orange Parks
and Beaches, and permits bonfires in the fire rings that are located at this
beach. A children's playground on the sand is ideal for kids to romp and
Bluebird Beach is located in
front of the Surf and Sand Hotel at the base of Bluebird Canyon. The ramp that
leads down to the beach is located at the corner of South Coast Highway and
Bluebird Canyon. This beach is popular with guests of the hotel as well as local
residents. Most of Bluebird Beach is a sandy stretch with a strong shore break
wave that is popular with body surfers. There are also several small reefs on
the southern end of the beach that are popular with body boarders, but should be
avoided by swimmers. Bluebird Canyon Beach is a centrally located beach.
Canyon Beach in a cove
approximately 400 feet long, and its stairway is along the side of the Diver's
Cove condominiums, is a tucked away, intimate beach that's a gem hidden from
view of the busy Coast Highway. Popular activities include fishing, skin and
scuba diving. This is a small beach and is rarely crowded during week days. The
beach will wash out at moderate high tides. Boat Canyon is situated along the
northern beaches of Laguna Beach.
Brook's Street Beach is a
surfing beach and is not intended for those wanting to swim or body board. A
good south swell can generate some long lefts that start breaking all the way
out at Second Reef. Brook's Street Beach is a centrally located beach.
Crescent Bay Beach is a large cove about 0.25 miles
long. It is located in the north end of Laguna where Cliff Drive intercepts
North Pacific Coast Highway. The beach is a sandy stretch with rocky areas at
the north and south ends. Off the north point there is a large rock about 120
yards off shore called Seal Rock because of the seals and sea lions that take
refuge there. Swimmers and kayakers are not allowed on the rock and should stay
away from any marine mammals in the area.
Popular activities are skim boarding, skin
and scuba diving, surf and rock fishing, body surfing, body boarding, tide
pooling, and numerous other beach games. Crescent Bay is a popular beach. The
surf at Crescent Bay can get as large as 12-15 feet. Crescent Bay Beach is
located on northern section of Laguna Beaches.
Cress Street Beach
- sits down a steep set of steps next to hotels, dining and shopping.
Christmas Cove Beach is the
northern most beach that is easily accessible from the Montage Resort.
The best access to the beach is by way of the ramp at the end of the Montage
Resort park area. Goff Cove is just off to the left at the bottom of the ramp.
Christmas Cove Beach is a southern beach of Laguna Beach.
Cove Beach, a 300-foot long beach, and joins
Picnic Beach at its southern end. Popular activities include swimming, skin and
scuba diving, and body surfing. Diver's Cove is located on the northern end of
Laguna Beach beaches.
Beach is located between
Treasure Island and Christmas Cove. It is best accessed by the stairs that lead
down from the Montage Resort, just at the beginning of the park. It can also be
reached by the ramp that leads down to Christmas Cove. Middle Man Cove is the
next cove south of Goff Cove. Goff Cove Beach is a southern beach of Laguna
Cove Beach is only accessible
via the private community of Irvine Cove. The two parts of the beach are
separated by a rocky point that has a tunnel for passing through during very low
tides. The majority of the people who visit this beach enjoy the larger,
southern section of the cove. Irvine Cove Beach is located in the northern
portion of the city.
Main Beach and Main Beach Park are located in the
heart of the city. What's so enjoyable about this destination? The
number of beaches visitors can enjoy, the tide pools to explore, the
strategic location between Los Angeles, Disneyland and San Diego and
finally, the number of hotel rooms at the beach that include affordable
to luxury resorts. Main Beach is a centrally located beach.
Montage Resort Beach - Beaches at and surrounding Montage
Resort are on premises, but are open to the public. Sandy coves give way to
expanses of sand leading to rocky outcrops. Perfect for sunbathing, the beaches
at Montage Resort make this hotel property a favorite. Many celebrities and
prominent politicians have stayed at Montage.
Point Beach is a secluded
beach north of Rockledge and south of Wood's Cove. The cove is very small, and
even at low tide it doesn't hold many people. The few people who come down are
locals and divers. Popular activities include skin diving, scuba diving, and
exploring the tidepools during low tide. It's a small sandy beach that looks up
at sloped cliffs where large decked two to three-story houses sit. Moss Point
Beach is a southern beach of Laguna Beach.
Mountain Road Beach on the
south side of Surf & Sand Resort Hotel is surrounded by Cress Street Beach to
the north and Bluebird Beach to the south. Popular activities include body
boarding, bodysurfing, fishing, and scuba diving. Mountain Road Beach is a
centrally located beach.
Street Beach is north of
Brook's Street and extends north past Anita Street. Popular activities
include body boarding, body surfing, and watching the surf from the observation
deck when it gets good. Mostly older locals come to this beach and locate
themselves to the south. A younger set of locals gathers close to the tower. Oak
Street Beach is a centrally located beach.
Street Beach is a popular for
a phenomenon the blow hole. The area is fairly rocky with reefs at the north and
south ends. Sometimes small rips set up just to the north of the tower. There is
no climbing, jump or dive off Arch Rock. Surfing is not allowed at Pearl Street.
Pearl Street is a southern beach of Laguna Beach.
Beach is approximately 700
feet long and located below Heisler Park spreading mostly to the south of the
ramp that arrives at the Picnic Beach. Visitors to Picnic Beach in Laguna Beach
enjoy skin and scuba diving, body surfing, and tide pooling. This beach is very
popular with weekend groups of skin and scuba divers and families. Picnic Beach
is located on the northern end of Laguna Beach.
Rockpile Beach in a cove at
the South end of Heisler Park and is approximately 700 feet long. It is somewhat
isolated, but at lower tides can provide an excellent spot to explore the
tidepools, especially during the winter months. During extremely low tides it is
possible to get close to Bird Rock. Bird Rock is a bird sanctuary and is off
limits to people. At high tides however almost no dry sand remains on the beach.
Rockpile Beach is a northern Laguna Beach.
Cove Beach at the base of
Fairview Street is about 500 feet long. Nearby visitors, tourists and locals
enjoy swimming, boogie boarding, skin diving, scuba diving, and rock and surf
fishing. This beach is secluded, and most of it's visitors are locals or
regulars, however. Shaw's Cove is situated in the northern region of Laguna
Sleepy Hollow Beach is
located south of the center of town. The beach access stairway on Sleepy
Hollow Lane just south of the signal at Legion and Pacific Coast Hwy
provides easy access for guests staying at Vacation Village Hotel, which
overlooks this popular beach. Sleepy Hollow is a centrally located beach in
Ann's Street Beach is a
surfing (south end, south of the surf flag), body surfing, and body boarding
mecca. The beach is used almost exclusively used by locals of all ages and the
primary sport here is surfing. St. Ann's Street Beach is centrally located in
Street Beach is used almost
exclusively used by locals of all ages who surf and skim. This is a surfing
beach and is not for use by swimmers or body boarders. Swimming is permitted
south of the beach (past the surf flag) at the northern end of Anita Street
beach. Thalia Street Beach is a centrally located beach.
Treasure Island Beach is the
southern most city beach that is guarded by the Laguna Beach Lifeguard
Department. It is located north of Aliso Creek Beach. It is best accessed
by the ramp at the southwest corner of the Montage Resort. Treasure Island Beach
is a southern beach of Laguna Beach.
Victoria Beach is a short
stroll from Casa Laguna hotel and is known for its soft white sand, beautiful
blue-green water, impressive residences (old and new) and its famous residents.
"La Tour" is located at Victoria Beach, one of Laguna's most private public
beaches. Volleyball courts are located at the north end and at the south end,
but the main attraction is the tower built in 1926. It was designed to provide
spiraling stairs from the precipitous cliffs above. Its appearance of an early
Victorian lighthouse or turret of a 16th century castle delights tourists who
often photograph it. Victoria Beach is a southern beach of Laguna Beach.
Cove Beach provides easy
access to both Wood's Cove and Lovers' Cove. Popular activities here are diving,
body surfing, fishing, and exploring the tide pools. The crowd is largely local
families that live near this cove. The beach can become very crowded on summer
weekends. Wood's Cove Beach is a southern beach of Laguna Beach.
1000 Steps Beach
in South Laguna Beach (a neighborhood region of Laguna Beach)
offers restroom facilities and a shower. You'll find it south of Montage