There’s no such thing as a secret beach, but this one feels pretty secret to me when I visit on sunny off-season afternoons.
Whether your interests include tide pools, sea life photography, snorkeling/SCUBA, or just laying out to tan or read, this beach has it all. I will warn you that lately some photo classes have been gathering here on Friday evenings to shoot fake engagement photos…Awkward. So maybe aim for a weekday unless photobombing is your thing. Actually…can someone please be that person? Annoy them off the beach with your obnoxious photobombing? There’s absolutely no reason to crowd such a gorgeous beach at sunset with sixty amateur photographers and their poorly acting fake couple on a Friday night. GOLDEN HOUR ISN’T JUST FOR YOUR PORTFOLIO, GUYS. SOME PEOPLE WANT TO ENJOY THE SUNSET WITHOUT HOARDS OF YOU SETTING UP TRIPODS AND BLOCKING THE VIEW.
One of the selling points for this beach is definitely the tide pools, and there’s even a volunteer hanging out in a California Parks t-shirt to answer any questions you might have (and to deter visitors from bothering the sea life). You’ll spot starfish, an array of crabs and sea snails, small colorful fish, and maybe even a garibaldi or a California Sea Lion. So cool to see California’s best out in the real world instead of an aquarium!
Take PCH until you hit Wesley, then turn in towards the coast, where there’s an underground parking lot. If you want an approximate street address, this is about as close as I could get: 30991 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. The small underground lot is paid parking: $1.50/hr for up to three hours. If you’re going to be there longer than that, just consider your walk back to the machine as your reminder to reapply sunscreen. 😉
If there’s no parking in the underground lot, you’ll have a hard time finding street parking. Leave plenty of travel time. Bring your cell, this place is seriously photogenic and will leave all your instagram followers with immediate FOMO. Not really the beach to bring giant coolers or umbrellas! This beautiful stretch of sand wasn’t made for a party. There are no fire rings or barbeques, and smoking is also not allowed (good news for most of us!). A pair of binoculars would have been awesome too; sometimes you can spot dolphins or whales a little ways out depending on season.
I love my home state and every inch of its coastline, but Treasure Island Beach is one of my favorites to just relax and unwind. Did you like this post? Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more beach posts!