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About Irvine Cove Beach in Laguna Beach, California

Irvine Cove Beach is a “private beach” for members of the gated community of Irvine Cove in north Laguna Beach. This beach has abundant sand and the cove is gorgeous. It’s too bad that the general public can’t walk in to it.

Technically all ocean beaches in California are open to the public up to the mean high tide level so if you can get to Irvine Cove from the water somehow you are allowed to use the beach.

The cove has two beaches actually, but the larger southern beach is most commonly used by beachgoers. A rock wall divides the cove and at low tides it is possible to walk through a rock arch for access to the smaller north beach.

Scuba divers enjoy this cove, as do surfers and skim boarders when water conditions are conducive to their sports. Swimming is also common, but dangerous rip currents can develop in a cove of this shape so be very cautious if you take a dip.

Since this cove isn’t open to the general public from land, your only way in is as a guest of an Irvine Cove resident or via the water somehow. Parking nearby is irrelevant since you can’t walk in through the private gates.

Moro Beach is a public beach just around the bend to the north that we highly recommend. Laguna Beach has so many wonderful beaches to choose from and here are the ones we suggest.

Irvine Cove Dr
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Other Names
Cameo Cove Beach
Swimming, Surfing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Bodyboarding, Skimboarding
Lifeguard, Volleyball Courts, Picnic Tables, Restrooms, Showers
Map of Irvine Cove Beach
Laguna Beach, US
12:12 pm, June 24, 2024
temperature icon 85°F
L: 68° H: 85°
Feels like 89.73 °F scattered clouds
Wind gusts: 3 m/s
UV Index: 11.03
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:42 am
Sunset: 8:05 pm
Humidity 64 %
Pressure1012 mb
Wind 3 m/s

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4 review(s)
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December 5, 2023

Sorry, this is not factual. Every beach (that is adjacent to the sea…some freshwater beaches are private property), in California, is public property and available to every human, up to the mean high water line. This means that if you can fly, hang glide, swim, climb, walk, etc. to it, without stepping on private property, you are free to enjoy it.

April 12, 2023

Could you please confirm if non-residents are allowed on the beach as long as they remain at or below the mean high tide water line? I’ve been several times as it’s easy to scramble there from North Cresecent Bay. The lifeguards only watch you but let you pass through to Abalone Point.

April 12, 2023

It’s not legal, it’s also on a Marine Protected Area SMR. See Crystal Cove State Park.

J Myers
April 12, 2023

How is this legal per the California Coastal Act?

Craig U