Beach Laguna Beach California Beaches
Rockpile Beach is situated at a cove beach at the South end of Heisler Park.
Rockpile Beach is one of Laguna's three designated surfing areas. Swimming
and/or body boarding are not permitted at this somewhat isolated beach. At
low tides, it is an excellent spot to
explore the tide pools, especially during the winter months. Extremely
low tides make it is possible to get close to Bird Rock. At high tides almost no dry
sand remains on the beach, however. Approximately 700 feet long, Bird Rock
is a bird sanctuary nearby that visitors enjoy watching. People are not
allowed to go to bird rock or disturb the birds.
Hazardous conditions are implied in the name "Rockpile." The ocean floor is
comprised almost entirely of rock and getting in and out of the water can
prove difficult. Sea urchins cover most of the rocks which are often just
below the surface. The water really is best left to the surfers familiar
with the reefs and currents. Popular activities are surfing, and exploring
the tide pools. The sandy strips of beach do provide for intimate
sunbathing, reading a book and relaxing with tides permitting.