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.)
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.
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.