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About Rockpile Beach in Laguna Beach, California

Rockpile Beach is the southern beach of Heisler Park in Laguna Beach, California. Rockpile Beach is in a south-facing cove with rocky outcroppings at each end. At high tide this narrow beach nearly disappears, but when the tide is out excellent tide pools are exposed. Surfing and tidepooling are the main activities here if you don’t count picnicking in the park above.

Bird Rock is about 200 feet offshore at the east end of Rockpile Beach, and not surprisingly, this broad rock is covered in birds and white stuff. Beyond the eastern point is the Main Beach of Laguna Beach. Paved walking paths in Heisler Park will get you to Main Beach and Diver’s Cove at the opposite ends of the park. The park is a picturesque spot with colorful flowers, countless art installations, and delightful views. Whale watching and sunsets are spectacular from this elevated perch and benches are provided in several places.

Access to Rockpile Beach is easiest at the middle of the cove near where Jasmine Street ends at the park. There are also stairs to the western end of the cove near the Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club. On the other side of this point is Picnic Beach.

As for parking, look for metered spots on Cliff Drive all along Heisler Park.

Note that swimming is not permitted at Rockpile Beach because it is a designated surfing area.

400 Cliff Dr
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Park Name
Heisler Park
City Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on beach 9am to 6pm June 15 to Sept 10. Ok on leash outside of those dates and times
Metered parking nearby
Surfing, Tidepooling, Picnicking, Whale Watching, Walking, Birdwatching, Watching Sunsets
Tide Pools, Grass Park, Walking Trails, Lifeguard, Restrooms, Showers, Benches, Picnic Tables, Viewpoints
Map of Rockpile Beach
Laguna Beach, US
6:31 pm, May 21, 2024
temperature icon 65°F
L: 57° H: 65°
Feels like 65.23 °F few clouds
Wind gusts: 4 m/s
UV Index: 0.21
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:46 am
Sunset: 7:49 pm
Humidity 78 %
Pressure1008 mb
Wind 4 m/s

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1 review(s)
Very good0%
August 29, 2022

The tidepools at Rockpile are really good but the beach not so much. Its between two much better beaches. This one is only worthwhile at low tide.