The southern Laguna beaches are generally more popular with locals than
with tourists. But there are some real treasures here, and some prime
spots for surfing, swimming, diving, and tidepooling.
Some of these beaches can be a bit of a challenge to get to, and parking is sometimes limited, especially on gorgeous summer weekends. However, you'll find an easily accessible beach park with full facilities at Aliso Beach.
Beaches are listed from north to south.
This sandy beach stretches for about half a mile, bordered by luxury homes and resort hotels. As the name implies, you'll find an arch and blowhole at the southern end of the beach.
Surfing, skimming and diving are especially good in the section around Agate St. and Pearl St. Swimming, sunbathing and fishing are also popular activities. There are lifeguards on duty, and limited on-street parking.
You'll find access to the beach at:
This picturesque cove features small pocket beaches, backed by rocky bluffs and luxury homes. It's an excellent spot for diving. Body surfing, fishing and exploring the tidepools are also popular activities. There are no facilities, and limited on street parking. Lifeguards are on duty.
This is a popular beach for families, and it can get crowded on summer weekends. Be aware that rocks and rip currents can create hazardous conditions.
Take the rather steep steps from the 1900 block of Ocean Way down to the cove.
This tiny secluded cove attracts mostly divers and Laguna Beach locals. There are tidepools to explore, and good fishing, but a rocky bottom and hazardous conditions make this a poor choice for swimming. Lifeguards are on duty.
On street parking is limited, and there are no facilities. Take the rather steep stairway from Moss St. down to the beach.
These white sandy beaches are popular spots for skimboarding, surfing, body surfing, diving, fishing and volleyball. Rocky areas are good for tidepooling and exploring. There's limited on-street parking. Lifeguards are on duty.
Victoria Beach can be reached from Sunset Terrace at Victoria Drive. Lagunita can be reached from Dumond Dr.
This scenic park features sandy beaches, tidepools, and a full range of facilities. Aliso Creek empties into the sea here, and an area of coastal chaparral borders the beach. The Marine Life Refuge offshore offers good diving. Rocky outcroppings delineate the border of the park.
Popular activities include swimming, surfing, skin diving, skimming, fishing, sunbathing, tidepooling, and volleyball. Facilities include lifeguards, parking (with fee), picnic tables, grills, firepits, a children's play area, outdoor showers, restrooms, and a volleyball court.
A concession offers fishing gear rental and sales, bike rentals, snacks and beach supplies. Beach wheelchairs are available from the lifeguard headquarters.
The park entrance is located off of Pacific Coast Highway, 2 miles south of Laguna Beach. For more information see Aliso Beach Park.
This small cove beach offers good swimming and excellent bodysurfing. Facilities include a lifeguard, pit toilets and volleyball nets. A stairway at the end of West Street leads to the beach. Limited street parking.
This sandy cove is a good spot for diving. There's a lifeguard, but no facilities. Limited on-street parking.
Take the stairway at the end of Table Rock Dr., two blocks south of West St.
This small cove beach is best known for its surfing. You'll find good swimming, excellent bodysurfing, volleyball, fishing, and diving as well. Facilities include a lifeguard, restrooms and showers.
The beach is named for the long, steep access stairway. But fear not, there are only 219 steps; it only feels like 1,000. The stairway is located on Pacific Coast Highway, at the foot of 9th Ave. Limited street parking.