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Guide to Visiting Orange County’s Blow Hole

Orange County's Blow Hole

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.

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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.

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Today we cruised down to Woods Cove just to see that the rocks were closed again, and it was not going to happen. (A little sigh of relief for me) What I didn’t know when I was taking a little siesta under the beach umbrella was that the kids were begging the lifeguard to open the rocks so that they could see my make the jump.

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The lifeguard came over to me with the kids and escorted me to the blow hole. As cool as the Laguna lifeguards are, he went first, and showed me that I had nothing to fear. When the timing was just right – right before the water was about to suck down – I made the jump. I felt the water suck me into the rocks, and then push me out to sea. It was the most exhilarating experiences of my life.

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Now, you don’t have to jump into the blow hole to have an amazing experience. You can also bring your kids to witness the spectacular sight. My kids stood there with me on the rocks watching the blow hole explode for almost an hour before going back onto the beach.

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Where is the blow hole?

It is located on the farthest rock formation in between Woods Cove and Pearl Street Beach. If you want to see it, watch the tide reports. You will only be allowed on the rocks during low tide. (swellinfo.com is a good resource to use) Due to some sand loss from the currents at Pearl Street, Woods Cove is the best way to access it.

Insider tips:

If you are going to jump, ask a lifeguard to spot you. I don’t recommend jumping without the assistance of a lifeguard. When going out on the rocks – bring water shoes – unless you have really tough feet.

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