Laguna Beach is one of the most unique beach cities in Southern California. Nestled between Newport Beach and San Clemente, it is known for a vast art culture and exquisite cuisine. Its beaches are pristine, some with caves to go exploring and some with tide pools full of fish and wildlife. Picture perfect is what I like to call them; here are my favorites from North to South.
1. Heisler Park (Diver’s Cove)
Heisler Park offers a pleasant walk for those who like a long walk on the beach. There are plenty of artsy park benches, exotic plants and flowers, and spectacular views. Diver’s Cove, located on the north end of the beach, is a small portion of Heisler Park. Sometimes I prefer this side of the beach for its anonymity.
How to get here: Enter Cliff Drive off PCH. Towards the north side, you will see a few metered parking spaces that are right next to the steps of Diver’s Cove. Close by, Cliff Drive is lined with more metered parking spaces for those who want to spend more time at Heisler Park.
2. Main Beach Park
Main Beach Park is probably the busiest of any shorefront in Laguna due to its location. Right off the downtown strip of Laguna Beach, visitors and locals love visiting Main Beach Park for its sand, waves, and rugged shoreline. The beach features a basketball court, a standout lifeguard tower, and local skimboarding and surfing competitions.
How to get here: Main Beach is located at the intersection of Hwy 133 and PCH (Hwy 1). It is suggested to get here early to avoid the traffic congestion. There are metered parking spaces all over downtown Laguna Beach but they are hard to come by if the town is crowded. Make sure to double check the city’s events prior to heading here.
3. Victoria Beach
Also known for being the only beach in Laguna Beach with a castle on the sand, Victoria Beach is extremely beautiful and charming. If the tide is high, you are able to swim in the man-made swimming pool created by the waves of the ocean. You can explore past the castle into the small niche beaches that are less crowded.
How to get here: There is limited street parking on Pacific Coast Highway right past Nyes Place as you cannot park in the neighborhoods.
4. Treasure Island Park
Located right below Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, Treasure Island Park is a beach often visited by tourists. It’s okay though because the beach is very spread out. Here you will find plenty of tide pools and picturesque caves. If you are looking for crystal clear waters and beach adventures, Treasure Island Park is the place to be.
How to get here: There is a small parking lot conveniently located right next to the sand off Wesley Drive. If you cannot find parking in here, there are plenty of metered parking spaces nearby.
5. 1000 Steps Beach
At low tide, the entryway to the cave is seemingly easy. If you are lucky enough to visit during low tide at sunset, you will be sure to get a showstopping view. Be sure to get your cameras ready, I always leave here with 1,000 photos (see what I did there?). But it’s true, unlike the name since there are only 232 steps. Be careful getting here, the rocks are sharp and the tides can be dangerous if they are too high.
How to get here: Street parking can be found on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) between 8th and 9th street. The entrance to the beach is located across the street. The steps are challenging, so only go down if you can make it back up!
In Laguna Beach, the views never get old and visiting is one of the biggest perks of being an Orange County resident. Be sure to check out my favorite spots and let me know what you think!