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El Moro Canyon Beach in Crystal Cove State Park Laguna Beach

El Moro Canyon Campground

El Moro Canyon Campground

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.

El Moro Canyon Beach Access

El Moro Canyon Beach Access

Parking at El Moro Canyon Beach

Parking at El Moro Canyon Beach

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.

The tunnel to access the beach

The tunnel to access the beach

El Moro Canyon Beach Trail

Your family will need to access the beach through this tunnel that goes under PCH

Accessing this beach can be a little tricky. The GPS address is 8471 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. To access the beach, families will want to turn at the light by El Moro School. Then drive all the way past the school while following the signs for beach access. (You will feel like you are driving into nowhere)

Kids playing in the gully

Of course the kids loved exploring the canyon surrounding the beach

Swimming in Laguna Beach

Once you find the ranger station, this where you will pay for day access. Parking is $15 for the day, or $5 per hour. Then following the signs to the lower parking lot where you’ll unload all your stuff for the day. Paradise awaits your family through the tunnel that runs under the freeway to this secluded beach.

Surfing in Laguna Beach

Playing football in Laguna Beach

I recommend bringing lunch and plan to stay for the entire day at this beach. There are tide pools to the far north end of the beach, and your kids might find themselves swimming with dolphins just like our friends did.

Swimming with the dolphins in Laguna Beach

Julie Collier’s son swimming with the dolphins in Laguna Beach

El Moro Beach at Crystal Cove

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