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About Woods Cove Beach in Laguna Beach, California

Woods Cove Beach is in a sandy cove that has rocky points at both ends and fancy Laguna Beach homes high above the bluff. Bette Davis lived in the English Tudor home just north of the stairs and it is now a registered historic structure.

Lovers Cove is the nickname of the southern part of this beach (south of the stairs). At the north end there is a rock arch that leads to Pearl Street Beach at low tides. This arch looks like a keyhole from some angles and is nicknames the Keystone Arch. Large rocks poke out of the water just offshore at the point and can be quite spectacular when large waves are present (don’t be on them during high surf).

This beach can be mostly wet at high tide so plan accordingly. At low tide the south end of the beach exposes tide pools to explore and another rock arch. When conditions are calm, Woods Cove is a real treat for scuba divers, but this is not a great swimming beach as rocks and rip tides can make it unsafe.

A steep stairway provides access near the center of Woods Cove. The entrance to these stairs is where where Diamond Street ends at Ocean Way one block west of Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1). Look for street parking nearby on Ocean Way or PCH.

Ruby Street Park is a small yet picturesque spot one block south at Ruby St. The overlook in the park has views out to the ocean and down to Woods and Lovers Coves (no beach access from the park).

Ocean Way & Diamond St
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Park Name
Ruby Street Park
Other Names
Wood's Cove, Lover's Cove, Diamond Cove
City Beach
Pet Details
Dogs not allowed on beach 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from June 15th through Sept 10th. At all other times they must be on a leash
Limited free street parking
Scuba Diving, Sunbathing, Tidepooling
Lifeguard, Benches, Tide Pools, Rock Arch
Map of Woods Cove Beach
Laguna Beach, US
4:44 am, July 14, 2024
temperature icon 67°F
L: 66° H: 71°
Feels like 67.26 °F overcast clouds
Wind gusts: 2 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0.01 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:51 am
Sunset: 8:01 pm
Humidity 92 %
Pressure1015 mb
Wind 2 m/s

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4 review(s)
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July 24, 2023

Too crowded on summer months. wall to wall people. Cool when it’s not crowded.

April 11, 2023

It’s a bit of a walk down to this popular beach but well worth the effort for the beautiful rocks and interesting tide pools. Best at lower tide levels.

April 6, 2023

We were lucky to visit it at low tide and got to walk through the arch from Pearl Street Beach to Woods Cove Beach and explore the tide pools. Woods Cove is a really special beach however it’s pretty small.

March 3, 2023

Woods Cove might be on the smaller side as far as beaches go, but it’s beautiful no less. You’ll notice several residential homes on the surrounding hills, tide pools, and waves crashing against the rocks. Kayaking and snorkeling are popular activities there too.