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To be in the heart of Laguna Beach's action, it's best to take a seat in the sand at Main Beach. This beach is located right smack dab in the middle of town, so expect plenty of amenities and plenty of people. In addition to a nice stretch of sand, this beach is equipped with basketball and volleyball courts and a playground, as well as necessities, such as restrooms, showers and lifeguards. You can also easily access Heisler Park, which is connected to the beach. And should you work up an appetite, know that there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance on Highway 1 and Broadway Street.  

Recent travelers agreed that Main Beach is the place to be. Visitors enjoyed the atmosphere of the beach as well as its beautiful setting. Many also appreciated how well-maintained the beach (and the surrounding area) is and recommended venturing up the street to find a spot for a bite to eat. Some did note that it can get pretty crowded during the summer months, making finding parking a challenge. Main Beach has no set hours and does not require any kind of fee to enter. There is metered parking along Highway 1 and in the nearby downtown village area. For more information, 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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