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Laguna Beach Sea Cave and Hidden Swimming Pool

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  If I was to tell the exact location of this sea cave..I would probably be lynched by my local friends. Plus, it is not safe for those to explore who are not used to walking on tide pools with bare feet and spent their toddler years on these beaches. As a child, my parents had a house that hung over the cliffs of this sea cave, and I spent most of my childhood exploring it. Yet..I would not allow my children to go into it because it is not safe for younger children or inexperienced swimmers/rock climbers. Why am I sharing? Our past summers were all about exploring and sharing the beaches in Laguna, and this summer we were committed to discovering/sharing local sea caves. This sea cave is my favorites and leads to a hidden swimming pool...

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Free Sea Glass Jewelry Making Class at Crystal Cove State Beach

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Beaches, Events, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Crystal Cove is one of my favorite places to take the children to explore the tide pools. We always see something new every time that we visit making it a memorable experience. During our recent trip, I had taken my younger son to have lunch at The Beachcomber. While we were waiting for a table, we noticed a sign directing visitors to a free sea glass jewelry making class. When we walked over the bridge, there was a large table with a sea of colored sea glass for my son to pick out, and turn into a jewelry keepsake from our visit to Crystal Cove. There was a volunteer at the table who helped to walk me and my son through the entire process of turning the piece of sea glass into jewelry. Once we were done, there...

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The Real OC Baby Beach

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Beaches, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Dana Point and Newport Harbor have what most people in Orange County refer to as the “baby beach.” It is located right inside the harbor and has no waves. Parents can feel safer by taking their children to these beaches without the fears of having their kids washed out to sea. What you will not see is many native Orange County locals bringing their babies to this beach. Why? It is a harbor. The water is grey and usually has yucky moss. (As my son would refer to it as ‘The Grinch’ in the water) The channel does not allow the water to come in and out enough that there can sometimes be higher levels of bacteria in harbor waters. I grew-up sailing my boat in and out of these harbors, and I would see what would leak...

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Picnic Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Beaches, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Picnic Beach is one of the most popular beaches to visit in Laguna Beach. It has the large Heisler Park just steps away where families can have picnic meals and features a long sandy beach. It is located right in-between Rockpile Beach and Divers Cove right in the heart of downtown Laguna Beach. One of the best features of this beach is that there are nice clean bathrooms at the top of the ramp leading down to the beach. The waves are moderate at this beach and are perfect for kids who are looking for a beach to go boogie boarding. The only downside to this beach is that it gets crowded, although not as crowded as Main Beach or Aliso Creek Beach. Where is it? It is located at the corner of Cliff Street and Jasmine Street...

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Divers Cove Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Divers Cove is a popular diving destination for locals, and always a prime beach for families to visit in Orange County this summer. It is located right in the heart of downtown Laguna Beach..just steps away from Main Beach – minus the big crowds. Divers Cove has lots of fun rocks for children to climb and explore when the tide is low, and crystal clear waters for swimming. Since Diver’s Cove is located so close to downtown Laguna Beach, parking at this beach is always a challenge on the weekend. When visiting during the summer, we recommend finding convenient parking near a trolley pick-up location, and having the (free) trolley take your family to the beach. (the drop-off trolley location is Heisler Park). The beach is shaped like a cove and is filled with beautiful fish. Bring your...

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Rockpile Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Just when we thought that we had covered all of the beaches in Laguna, we discovered one that we had missed – Rockpile Beach. While we had been here a hundred times, we always thought it was part of Heisler Park (aka. Picnic Beach). This hidden gem of Orange County is often overlooked because many of the tourists will head over to Main Beach or Picnic Beach – skipping this beach. The water is crystal clear with beautiful turquoise hues. The only downside to this beach is that swimming is not allowed. While my kids freaked out when they saw a giant red sign telling them that no swimming was allowed in the beautiful waters below, they discovered that they were perfectly content with just “playing” in the water. The beach is a giant tide pool. The kids...

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Orange County’s Coastal Gem: Shaw’s Cove

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Sun-glistening waves amongst a setting of beautiful rugged cliffs and swaying palm trees remind you of the reason we live in Southern California. Shaw’s Cove in Laguna Beach is a California travel brochure brought to life. Our family loves this beach because it has something for everyone. The coastline creates a natural barrier to the large swells. The smaller waves help to lessen anxiety we may have felt at other beaches with our young children. We are able to relax and enjoy the fun, rather than anxiously anticipating the large sets coming in. This protection from the swells also lends it to be an environment perfect for diving and snorkeling, so don’t forget your snorkel gear. Scuba-diving instructors use the reef as their classroom and many lessons are taught here. Low-tide is a great time to explore the...

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Aliso Creek Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in Beaches, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Aliso Creek Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Laguna next to Main Beach. It is also one of the last beaches in Orange County where families can still have a nighttime bonfire. Why is it so popular? Parking is a breeze, they have a snack bar and a fun playground. Aliso Creek Beach is located at 31131 S Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. There is a large parking lot (fee based) and overflow parking in a lot across the street. There is also a lot of free street parking, but it is on a busy part of PCH with a lot of blind spots, so I don’t recommend it. The beach has beautiful white sand, and lots of places for your family to spend a summer day. If your family is coming to use...

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Aliso Creek Beach Playground in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Beaches, Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, Parks | 0 comments

  It has been a longtime favorite for residents to bring their kids down to the Aliso Creek Beach playground in Laguna Beach throughout the warm summer months. It is a favorite birthday party destination, place for families to enjoy a picnic lunch or just play with beautiful ocean views. Although the park backs the popular PCH, it is nicely protected by trees and large shrubs to help keep the kids safe while playing. Our favorite part of visiting this park is that parking is made easy with their large parking lot (families must pay a fee to park). The park is located right at the corner of Aliso Creek Beach, with a GPS address of 31131 S Pacific Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. Planning a birthday party? There are two picnic benches for birthday parties (first come/first serve) and...

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Catch a Wave at Thalia Street Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Have your kids been dreaming of becoming a surfer? The best way to start is to bring them to see Orange County’s top surfers train at the popular Orange County surfing destination – Thalia Street Beach. Thalia Street Beach is located at the corner of Thalia Street and PCH. Parking is limited, so I encourage your family to arrive early to get a parking spot that is close to the beach access. Once your family walks down the steps to Thalia Street Beach, they will be immersed into a surfing wonderland. During the early morning and weekdays, your kids will have a unique opportunity to see some of the best surfers in Orange County train for competitions and show their talents with the world. There will be coaches walking along the edge of the water helping the young...

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Brooks Street Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 2 comments

  Brooks Street Beach in Laguna Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches along the coastline. It is nestled right in the corner of a long strip of crystalline sand. The beach is often a place where locals will relax on the giant rock formations, swim and just spend a summer day relaxing under the warm sun. Brooks Street Beach is located right next to Oak Street Beach at the corner of Brooks Street and Ocean Front. Just like most of the beaches in this area of Laguna, parking is a challenge, so plan to arrive early – or you’ll find you family walking quite a distance. The highlight of this beach is there is a public outdoor shower! One of the few in Laguna Beach. The shower is located right at the top of the stairs where...

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Ultimate Skimboarding at Oak Street Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Do your kids like to skimboard? Have they wanted to learn how? Then bring them down to Oak Street Beach in Laguna Beach for the best place to learn and enjoy skimboarding in Orange County. Oak Street Beach is right next in-between Brooks Street Beach and Anita Street Beach. This section of the beach is always full with local kids showing off their ultimate skimboarding tricks while encouraging new kids to give it a try. Oak Street Beach can be found at the corner of Oak Street and Gaviota Drive in laguna Beach. (Right across the street from Gina’s Pizza) Parking is not easy – so we recommend arriving early, and there is always metered parking to be found on the surrounding streets (bonus that they accept credit cards..yeah) At the top of the stairs is a beautiful...

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Anita Street Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Beaches, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Anita Street Beach located in Laguna Beach is a great beach to visit with your family this summer. It is frequented by local teens on the weekdays, and families on the weekends. Our favorite thing about this beach is that it is right across the street from our favorite frozen yogurt shop, Active Cultures, where we enjoy a refreshing frozen yogurt after a day at the beach. The challenge to visiting this beach is the parking. It is located right in the heart of downtown South Laguna Beach where all the popular shops and restaurants are located. It might take your family a little bit of driving around for a parking space, but it will be well worth it. Once your family finds a parking spot and walks down to the beautiful sandy beach, there are plenty of...

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Family Guide to Orange County Beaches

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Beaches, Corona del Mar, Dana Point, Featured, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Summer | 1 comment

  You wake up one summer morning and tell the kids, “let’s go to the beach!” As you gather the boogie boards, assemble sandwiches and search for sunblock …you begin to question, “wait, what beach should we go to?” Exactly which Orange County beaches are the right for my family? Which has ample parking, life guards on duty …or, do we just want to rent bikes and go easily into town for lunch and ice-cream? If you can’t decide which beach to pick, here is a guide to help you choose your ideal beach day that meets your expectations. Here are my picks for the coolest family- friendly beaches: For a full guides to the best beaches in Orange County, visit our beaches category, and guide to the OC tide pools. Seal Beach Seal Beach offers a quaint town...

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Guide to the Best Tide Pools in Orange County

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Beaches, Best of OC, Corona del Mar, Dana Point, Featured, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Summer | 3 comments

  With so many beautiful, rocky shorelines in Orange County, tide pools are abundant. Our family loves spending summer days exploring these little ecosystems. The children are always fascinated by the spiny sea urchins, keyhole limpets, hermit crabs, small fish, mussels, sea stars, and colorful anemones. The diversity of life in these marine protected areas vary based on the amount of time they are covered by water. Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you take a step further and realize there’s a whole new world to explore. This creates hours of fun for all ages. Safety tips: Be sure you are aware of the tides at all times. Try to go as the tides are going out rather than coming in. Even at low tide, waves can come in quickly. Feel free to ask lifeguards and docents about...

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Tidepools at Tablerock Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  It might be starting to cool down in Orange County, but weather never keeps our family away from the beautiful beaches in Laguna Beach. Visiting the Tidepools in Laguna Beach is another one of those fun things to do in Orange County with your children. Last week, we ended the weekend with a walk on Tablerock Beach, and enjoyed the beautiful sea life that lives in the Tidepools. When the tide is low, Tablerock Beach has some of the most incredible tidepools for your children to explore. A large rock formation allows children to climb, explore and learn about sea life at this exclusive beach. Finding Tablerock Beach is not that difficult, but finding parking is a significant challenge. Instead of having to worry about parking in the narrow parking places along PCH, I have found it easier...

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El Moro Canyon Beach in Crystal Cove State Park Laguna Beach

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

 The weather has been so wonderful this week that it feels just like Summer again. A group of our friends camped out at the El Moro Canyon campgrounds during the week, and we came down to enjoy a day at the beach with them. This was the first time that I had been at the El Moro Canyon Beach in Crystal Cove since I was a young child. Until recently, this beach was private, and only the residents of the trailer park had access. After the trailer park had been removed, it was converted into a campground, and the public gained beach access. Since not many people realize that you don’t have to be a camper to visit this beach, there is hardly anyone in the turquoise waters of this beach. Accessing this beach can be a little tricky....

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Camel Point Beach in Laguna Beach is Best of Beaches in California

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Where is Camel Point Beach in Laguna Beach? While driving along PCH yesterday with my kids, they shouted out that they spotted a “hidden” beach access sign along PCH. I immediately pulled over, to check out this beach that we had yet to discover in Laguna Beach..just to find that it was Camel Point beach. We had read so many inaccurate stories about its location, and that was why we were always so unsuccessful in locating it over the Summer. It was truly one of the best beaches in California for us yet to discover. Finding this beach is not easy, and they did that on purpose. For a long time, this beach had no local access signs. Although, it was always a public beach, the locals wanted the public to think it was private. I am not...

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Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 2 comments

  Victoria Beach was one of the last beaches that we visited this Summer, and ended up being one of our favorite beaches in Laguna Beach. The only downside to spending a day at this beach is the parking issue. There is extremely limited parking around this beach, and it is quite a trek getting down. For a special occasion, I recommend bringing your family down at least once before the cold weather strikes to enjoy a day at this beautiful beach. Since parking is such a challenge for getting your family to this beach, I always recommend coming with two adults. Then one adult can unload the kids and gear at the top of the stairs while the other adult makes the walk to the nearest parking space. The beach is located right at the corner of South...

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Guide to Agate Street Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 1 comment

  Agate Street Beach in Laguna Beach is the neighboring beach to Pearl Street Beach and Bluebird Street Beach. Actually, if you look close enough, it kinda is still the same beach. What is the different between the two? Just about 10-15 feet. Agate Street is just the next beach access over from Pearl Street, so the city gave the beach its own name. What I love about this beach is the large rock formations. When we spend the day at this beach, we will set-up our beach blankets right next to the giant rock formations. If you squint your eyes enough, you can often get the feel of being on your own private beach. Agate Street Beach is located right at the end of Agate Street and PCH in Laguna. Parking is super easy at this beach since...

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