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Guide to Mountain Road Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Mountain Road Beach in Laguna Beach is part of a long strip of beaches in Laguna. It is a small section of the beach located right in front of resort, Capri Laguna on the Beach. It is most known for its historic memorial, the Garden of Peace and Love, at the top of the stairs that was built for those who have lost their lives to AIDS. More than 50 people have their ashes scattered at this oceanfront memorial. There are porcelain cherubs located throughout the brush to see while walking down the large flight of stairs to the beach. The beach is just a small strip of the main strip of sand, but is very peaceful, and relaxing. There is a lifeguard tower located right at the bottom of the stairs, and the surf on this section...

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Guide to Bluebird Street Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Bluebird Street Beach in Laguna Beach is part of a long strip of connecting beaches. It is located right in front of the Surf & Sand Resort, and is often filled with vacationers playing a game of frisbee in the water. Beach access is challenging unless staying at the resort, but there is public parking along PCH for those who are interested in visiting. My family will often walk down to this beach when visiting Cress Street Beach or Pearl Street Beach. This is the true center of a long strip of Laguna Beaches, and it often has the best surf for younger kids. There are not a lot of rocks, and there is a nice dividing line for surfers vs. swimmers. Where is Bluebird Street Beach? It is located right at Bluebird Street and PCH right in...

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Guide to Cress Street Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 2 comments

  Cress Street Beach in Laguna Beach has been a popular local beach destination since I can remember. The beach is often located by its historic Cress Street clock at the top of the beach access stairs. The beach has huge rock formations for kids to explore and climb, and the beach makes a slight curve creating a partial cove on the long strip of beach. My husband and I, will often sit on the bench at the top of the Cress Street Beach stairs after a cocktail at the rooftop in Laguna. Where is it located? It is located at the end of Cress Street and Pacific Coast Highway. It is the end of a long strip of connecting beaches, but this is one of the favorite places for families to spend the day. The only downside to...

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Guide to Goff Cove Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 2 comments

  My friend Karen and I have raised our kids along the calm shores of Goff Cove Beach in Laguna Beach. There was one summer that we spent everyday at this beach. We officially called this the true “baby beach” in Orange County because of it’s calm waves that are hardly ever over 6 inches tall. Why did we love raising our kids on this beach the most? It is a small cove beach that on a weekday hardly has more than 10-15 families (with a lifeguard). Did I mention that it is the only beach along the coast that has *never* had an attempted drowning either? Yet another plus for Mother’s feeling safe bringing their kids to this beach without bringing another parent or guardian to help. Once the beach of a trailer park on the cliffs along...

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Swimming in the Laguna Beach Tide Pools

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Beaches, Laguna Beach | 2 comments

  Why have a swimming pool installed in your home when you can swim in nature’s swimming pool? One of the my favorite things to do with the kids when the tide goes out is to swim in the rock formation swimming pools that the tide left behind. I don’t have to worry about anyone getting swept out to sea, and the kids can swim with the fishes and other various sea life in the Laguna Beach tide pools. Where can I find this? There are multiple different locations for finding the best “rock ocean” swimming pools, but *again* Woods Cove is a favorite. There are multiple places that have nice deep rock formations that are perfect for creating swimming pools for the children to explore. Not only can the kids swim in these natural swimming pools, but they...

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Guide to Visiting Orange County’s Blow Hole

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  A long secret to natives of OC (some might lynch me for sharing..so please don’t abuse this secret) is Orange County’s only blow hole. I have been staring into this blow hole since I was in junior lifeguards in elementary school watching all my friends jump into it. Year after year I have returned, and was always still afraid to make the jump until today. On our summer bucket list was that I was going to show the kids the blow hole, and that I would take the leap for them this year. (Hence our million visits to Woods Cove this summer). It’s not as easy as you would think to get a chance to witness mother nature’s most beautiful creation in Laguna Beach, and there is such limited access to it depending on the tides. Today we...

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Guide to Pearl Street Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Pearl Street Beach in Laguna Beach is another popular local beach hangout in Laguna Beach. What makes this beach special is its beautiful rock formations and great surf. My kids love spending their summer at Woods Cove Beach, but my husband loves spending his time at Pearl Street – what I love about it is that they are both just a short walk away so we can visit both beaches in the same day. Where is it located? If you did not know where to look for Pearl Street Beach, you would probably walk right past it. It is right at the end of a guard rail with super easy access for smaller kids. There is more of a ramp than stairs going to Pearl Street (another reason why my husband loves it). You can find it right...

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Guide to Woods Cove Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 7 comments

  Woods Cove Beach in Laguna Beach is the BEST beach for snorkeling. Whenever I visit this beach with my husband and kids, we always take turns to snorkel around the reef’s in the beautiful turquoise water. Not only is it the best beach for snorkeling, it also has some of the most clearest visibility along the coast. Woods Cove Beach is a great family beach that offers a little bit of something for everyone in your family. Where is it located? Woods Cove Beach is right next to Moss Point Beach and Ruby Street Park at the corner of Diamond and PCH (there is a light at this intersection). There is parking along PCH, and also throughout the neighborhood. This beach does not get much more traffic than the houses surrounding it, so parking is usually a breeze. Tell...

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Guide to Tablerock Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Beaches, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Tablerock Beach in Laguna Beach is a little slice of paradise. With its massive rock structures, crashing waves and perfect turquoise water, this beach is the perfect beach for family beach photo sessions. If you were not looking for Tablerock Beach, you would probably drive right past it. The beach is beautiful, intimate and rarely crowded. It is a great beach for your family to enjoy a less crowded beach experience. Where is Tablerock Beach? Like I mentioned before, it is quite hard to find. The beach entrance is tucked away at the corner of PCH and West Street in Laguna Beach.  If another adult is with you I recommend dropping your group and gear at the corner before going to find a parking place on PCH (mostly meter free). Tell me more about the beach. The beach...

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Guide to Moss Point Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Laguna Beach has some of the most beautiful hidden beaches on our coastline. We are so fortune to live in such a beautiful area, and Moss Point Beach in Laguna Beach is a true local gem. Why do I like it? Not many people know about it, so parking is much easier than most beaches. It also has a great nearby park, and if the kids get board we can just walk a block to the neighboring Woods Cove for a different style of beach. How do you find it? The beach is right at the end of Moss Street at Pacific Coast Highway. Parking We normally park right on PCH next to the Moss Point sign (no meters..yeah!). There is also a summer trolley stop right at the corner to help make the beach more accessible during...

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Catch a Wave on the Laguna Beach Summer Trolley

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  One of my favorite things to do during the summer in Orange County is to catch a wave on the Laguna Beach Summer Trolley. The free trolley will take guests all around Laguna Beach creating an unforgettable experience for everyone who visits Laguna Beach. Why do locals like to use the trolley? To help get us to our favorite beach destinations in Laguna. Oh how I wish there was the trolley when I was in High School having to walk for miles along a busy PCH to start surfing on that perfect swell. With the trolley, we can park just about anywhere in Laguna, and get exactly where we want to go without the headache of having to spend hours in search of a close parking place. Did I mention that the trolley is free? I know..it keeps...

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Family Guide to Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  My family cannot get enough of the beach in the summer. We do after-all live in paradise, and I can’t help but want to soak up every ounce of the summer sun. As a native to Orange County, I grew-up in a little house on the side of the cliff, in Laguna Beach. I would run down the wooden steps every morning to start digging in the sand in search of sand crabs. Growing up on this special beach in Laguna, has made it one of my favorites to bring my children to visit in the summer so that we can share these same memories together. This is our guide to Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna Beach. (btw..that is the house I grew-up in on the side of that hill in the picture). The entrance to this beach...

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Family Guide to the Beach Park in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Beaches, Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, Parks | 0 comments

 There are a couple of beach parks located in Orange County, but this park has always been my favorite. The beach park in Laguna Beach has just undergone a full renovation with more fun for your children to enjoy. I have been bringing my kids to this park since they were just babies, and we have created many memorable memories on this playground. Nestled right in downtown Laguna Beach on Main Beach is this playground where children can play right along side the beautiful crashing ocean waves. I often find myself mesmerized by the beauty while watching my children play at this beach park. I have found that this park is truly calming for my children and myself. Tips for visiting this beach: Do not bring along your purse. There are often homeless people walking around this part of...

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Family Guide to Main Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jun 29, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 1 comment

  This past week, we made a visit to Main Beach in Laguna. Now, this is one of my “go-to” beaches in the winter but in the summer – ack! I recommend visiting this beach if you want to do some people watching, visit some of the local shops after your swim, or want to play on a park beach. Main Beach in Laguna Beach is a tourist beach but it does have some pros in our guide to Main Beach in Laguna Beach. Parking This what can be a nightmare. Even while trying to navigate my friend via text/phone calls, she still had trouble finding parking that was convenient. During the winter months, you can easily find parking right along the boardwalk but the summer months are a different story. There is a large brick parking structure right...

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Guide to St. Ann’s Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  St. Ann’s Beach in Laguna Beach is one of the best local beaches to visit when looking for a less crowded beach on a hot summer day. St. Ann’s is located in between Thalia and Cleo Street Beach, so families can easily visit all three beaches in one afternoon. Before visiting St. Ann’s Beach in Laguna, read our family guide to help plan your day. Location/Parking St. Ann’s beach is located at South Coast Highway and St. Anns Drive. Parking is a challenge. You need to arrive early, and find parking along PCH. These meters do not accept ATM cards, so bring plenty of quarters. You might have to park farther away than most beaches, so keep that in mind before visiting. Restrooms If your kiddos need to use the restroom, there is a lot of local businesses...

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Guide to Fisherman’s Cove Laguna Beach

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  It’s Memorial Day weekend, and time to hit the beach! We started our weekend off at one of our favorite small beaches – Fisherman’s Cove in Laguna Beach. Multiple private ocean front properties have private staircases that lead down to this intimate cove, and we are happy to share a guide to visiting with your family. Location Like most intimate beaches in Laguna, it is not easy to find Fisherman’s Cove. It is just one beach over from Crescent Bay Beach along Cliff Drive. Here is an image of the intersection off of PCH that will help guide you down to this beach. Just turn down this intersection, make a quick left, and when you see the small section of parking spaces – you have found it! When you park the car, don’t go down the staircase right...

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Guide to Crescent Bay Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 3 comments

  Crescent Bay Beach is one of Laguna’s hardest to find beaches, and one of the city’s most treasured gems. It has been a favorite for locals since I was just a baby and is never overcrowded with too many vacationers. Finding Crescent Bay beach is a little tricky, but we are here to share a guide to finding this amazing beach that you will not want to leave. Where is it? It is at the corner of North Pacific Coast Highway and Cliff Drive. This is where it gets tricky. There are multiple intersections along PCH that have the same intersection PCH/Cliff. Many people get confused that the beach located at Cliff/PCH next to the Laguna Art Museum is Crescent Bay, but it is not. It is the PCH/Cliff intersection right next to an abdonded field, Midas and...

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