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Key Info

31131 Coast Hwy.

Price & Hours

Free
6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

Details

Beaches, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

If you prefer a traditional beach over Laguna's typical cove beach, visit Aliso Beach. Aliso Beach is one of the larger shorelines available in Laguna Beach and it's incredibly easy to get to – unlike some other of the area's beaches. Here, you won't have to deal with navigating parking in a residential neighborhood or traversing steep stairways to get to your destination. At Aliso Beach, all you do is park, take a few steps and you are on the shore. Along with convenience, this beach features restrooms, showers, tide pools, a playground, a concession stand and fire pits, perfect for barbecuing. There is no other beach in Laguna that has fire pits so if you plan on taking advantage of this amenity, show up early to claim it. And if you happen to be a skimboarder, know that the conditions here are considered perfect for skimboarding when the swells are in the right place.

Recent visitors praised the beach for its easy parking and access, and were pleasantly surprised at the few crowds they encountered. Some even said that when going on a weekday, they didn't run into very many people at all. Aliso Beach is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and it costs $1 per hour to park in the on-site lot. You can find Aliso Beach about 3 miles south of the center of town. For more information on Aliso Beach, visit the Laguna Beach tourism board's website

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#1 Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove State Park is one of the largest beaches you'll find in the greater Laguna Beach area. The shore measures 3.2 miles long, affording plenty of space for both lounging in the sand as well as long walks. The reason for this is that unlike all the other beaches in Laguna Beach, the beach at Crystal Cove State Park isn't in an enclosed cove. Rather, the beach is backed by seemingly endless bluffs that give way to 2,400 acres of backcountry woodland. 

This section of the park features 15-plus miles of hiking trails that take visitors inland into the park's canyon and up and down pathways that afford beautiful views of the ocean. A good introduction to Crystal Cove's backcountry is the Moro Canyon trail. The trail is 3 miles out and back, but if you cut along the connected East Cut Across Trail down Moro Ridge, you'll eventually hit the coast following the Moro Ridge trail. It's important to know that no matter where you hike in the park, you may encounter wildlife, including snakes and bobcats. Stay on marked trails, don't mess with the environment and remain alert.

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