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Of all the beaches in Laguna Beach, Victoria Beach is probably the most unique. The reason for this lies with its lone resident: the pirate tower. The 60-foot-tall tower was affectionately nicknamed by locals, but once served as a staircase to the beach for a homeowner who lived in a property just above the bluffs. The tower is currently closed for its intended purpose but visitors can certainly enjoy a photo-op of this unconventional landmark. The relatively large cove beach also offers fun features, such as a pool on the sand (a circular concrete barrier along the edge of the water fills up during the right tide and creates a pool in the sand), sea caves, tide pools and volleyball courts. 

Some recent visitors were delighted to find that Victoria Beach, despite its uniqueness and sheer beauty, isn't super crowded. Travelers thoroughly enjoyed their time at this beach, though some did say that you'll want to consider what attraction you want to see the most before you go: It's best to visit during high tide to enjoy the beach pool and low tide if you want to get a closer look at the pirate tower. It's also important to note that there is rocky terrain around the tower, so be sure to bring proper footwear to prevent cuts or bruises. Plus, since this beach is located steps below a residential neighborhood, parking may be tricky come peak visiting hours.

Victoria Beach is situated right off of Highway 1 a little more than 2½ miles from the center of town. There is no admission fee and there are no specified hours of operation. For additional information, visit the Laguna Beach tourism board's website.


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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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