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About Shaw’s Cove Beach in Laguna Beach, California

Shaw’s Cove is a small sandy beach tucked away below homes in Laguna Beach. It has a laid-back vibe and is frequented by locals.

There is a public entrance to Shaw’s at the intersection of Fairview Street and Cliff Drive one block from Pacific Coast Highway. From there a long stairway descends to the beach. Visitors should be respectful of the nearby home owners and be careful to not block driveways when parking on these backstreets.

Tide pools are exposed at both ends of the cove during low tides. When exploring these tide pools don’t touch or take anything as this is a State Marine Conservation Area.

Scuba divers and snorkelers frequently enter at Shaws Cove and scuba classes are even taught here. Swimming and body-boarding are popular activities here too.

Unfortunately, like many of the coves in the area, Shaw’s Cove Beach is mostly wet at higher tides. There is an area of flat rock to climb onto at the south end of the beach which leads around the bend to Fishermans Cove, but avoid this area completely when swells are present. A similar shelf on the north side goes all the way around to Crescent Bay Beach (again, avoid during high surf).

1009 Cliff Dr
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
City Beach
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on beach 9am to 6pm June 15 to Sept 10. Ok on leash outside of those dates and times
Free street parking nearby
Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing, Tidepooling, Swimming, Bodyboarding
Tide Pools, Seashells, No Facilities
Map of Shaw’s Cove Beach
Laguna Beach, US
11:54 pm, April 23, 2024
temperature icon 57°F
L: 57° H: 59°
Feels like 55.96 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 3 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:10 am
Sunset: 7:27 pm
Humidity 79 %
Pressure1017 mb
Wind 3 m/s

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August 11, 2022

It’s true that this is a local beach. The gradual slope on the beach makes it fun for little kiddos. Just watch them as bigger waves can come in sometimes and knock them down. Lots of tidepools filled with mussels – don’t step on any.