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Guide to Salt Creek Beach

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Looking for the perfect beach in Orange County that has food service, surfing and swimming all in one place? Our guide to Salt Creek Beach will tell you everything you need to know before bringing your family for a summer beach day.

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Salt Creek Beach is located right next to The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. The address is 1 Ritz drive in Dana Point with the public parking lot right across from the hotel. There is a large parking lot that does get full on a warm summer day, so we recommend arriving early. There are parking meters that accept Visa and Mastercard for parking. (Don’t forget to put the parking ticket on the inside of your car windshield.)

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After parking, begin your decent down the hill toward the beach. There is a large painted tunnel that will begin the long walk. I recommend bringing a wagon or beach cart (something with wheels) to bring all your stuff down – it can be quite a hike.

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There is a shuttle service in the summer months for just $1 per person (one-way). I recommend this for little kids, and especially when coming back up the steep hill. Bring cash and exact change for the shuttle service.

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If you choose to walk, keep in mind that it is a very steep hill. As you walk down the hill you will see a large amount of grass picnic areas. There are also basketball courts, covered picnic areas and outdoor barbecues.

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There is an outdoor restaurant and beach rental located right at the bottom of the hill.

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They have  beach side snacks, refreshing drinks, and anything that you might have forgotten for your family beach day

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Then it is time to enjoy your day. The beach gets crowded fast. We recommend walking farther down the beach to get a less crowded spot. Bring plenty of shade, and plan to spend your entire day here at Salt Creek Beach. (There are bathrooms located at the bottom of the walkway)

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One Comment

  1. Salt Creek is totally one of my favorite So Cal beaches and it is so beautiful! But the hike up and down with 3 kids and all that gear? No thanks! lol

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