About Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach, California
Victoria Beach is a long white sand beach south of Victoria Drive in Laguna Beach. The majority of this southwest-facing beach lies in front of the private Lagunita housing development with many of the mansions built right to beach level. Vic Beach, as it is known locally, is a sunbathing beach that is home to a picturesque “pirate tower” that you’ll want to check out.
The beach access isn’t easy to see, but it’s right next to address 2713 Victoria Drive. This is a long stairway that eventually gets down to the far north end of the beach. There is also an emergency vehicle beach access ramp and public walkway at the end of Dumond Drive that is an easier walk from Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1).
If you hike out onto the rocks and around the point north of the stairway access you will be able to see the Victorian La Tour Tower that was built in the 1920’s. This residential stair tower has been confused for a lighthouse structure, but it is merely an enclosed staircase. Near the tower there is a circular concrete pool that fills with sand and salt water from the waves. The winter surf removes much of the sand at Victoria Beach, especially around the point, so this northern area will be all rocks in the winter.
Walking to the far south end of Victoria Beach leads to Christmas Cove and the rock known as Goff Island.
Parking near Vic Beach is scarce, but you can park along the highway or a side street and walk a little ways. Get there early in the day to get a closer spot. Beach hours are 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day.
- 2713 Victoria Dr
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
- Park Name
- Laguna Beach Marine Protected Area
- Other Names
- Vic Beach, Victoria Street Beach, Sugarloaf Point, Mermaid Beach, Le Tour, La Tour
- 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
- Sunbathing, Volleyball, Skimboarding, Bodysurfing, Scuba Diving, Fishing, Sightseeing, Beach Exploration, Photography, Tidepooling
- Tide Pools, Unique Tower, Saltwater Pool, No Facilities
This beach is a treasure! I loved it! The pirate tower is an interesting feature, for sure, but the beach and the shoreline are wonderful.
For many generations from the 1930’s on to present the “tower” has always been known as the “Castle” and when Mr. Kendrick owned the property, he called it the “Pirates Castle”. By the way, the Grum family who owned property above the pool, built the pool for their grandchildren so they would have a safe place to swim. Since the 1930’s four generations of my family have grown up there and will always refer to it as the Castle.