Visiting Our Beaches

Come on down! The water's beautiful. And so are our beaches. Laguna boasts some of the prettiest beaches in Southern California, and we love to share them. There are a few things to keep in mind before you put on your suit:


Always swim near a lifeguard and with a buddy -- and follow common sense beach safety guidelines. When it's hot and sunny, we post more lifeguards, and though not every beach has a lifeguard at all time we staff our most popular beaches first.

Our most popular beaches have public restrooms and outdoor showers. If you're wondering what beach to go to, we recommend Main Beach, Treasure Island Beach, or Crescent Bay Beach. Aliso Creek Beach is also very popular, and it is maintained by OC Parks, not the City of Laguna Beach.

The water quality of Orange County beaches, including those in Laguna Beach, is monitored by the Orange County Health Care Agency


There is three-hour metered parking in some areas, and very limited neighborhood parking in others. Be warned, however, our parking enforcement personnel ticket for parking violations.

We recommend taking advantage of our free trolleys. Our Coastal Trolleys stop near all our beaches. Our free trolley tracker app will show you exactly when your trolley will arrive. (In the summer, we open large parking lots in different parts of town and run free trolleys from those lots to routes all along Coast Highway.) 

Tide Pooling

Many of our beaches have stunning tide pools. You are welcome to visit these tide pools, but please follow Good Tide Pooler Rules, especially never pick up or remove animals from the tide pools. Tide pooling is best and safest at low tide, so consult a tide chart before you come. Also, you will probably want waterproof shoes, as the rocks can be sharp on bare feet.

Dangerous Rocks

The rocky outcroppings that make our beaches so pretty are also very dangerous. Every weekend we answer emergency calls from people who have injured themselves -- or worse -- on our rocks. Please use caution when walking or climbing on the rocks. Waves can be unpredictable and have swept many unsuspecting beachgoers off their feet.

Other Beach Rules

  • Beaches close between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  • There is no alcohol allowed on our beaches. Even if you're 21.
  • There is no smoking in any public area of Laguna Beach, including our beaches.
  • Dogs are allowed on the beach all year, but the times of day they are permitted depends on the time of year. During our busy summer season, June 15 - September 10, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach before 9:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m. During the fall, winter, and spring, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach at any time of day. Click here to read more about this rule in our Municipal Code.
  • Umbrellas and tents must be smaller than 6 feet wide and 6 feet tall. 
  • Surfing is allowed at Agate, Brooks, Rockpile, and Thalia Street beaches.
  • Fires are allowed only in the fire pits at Aliso Creek Beach. Fires are prohibited at all other beaches.
  • You can read all beach regulations in our Municipal Code.