The city of Laguna Beach has many coves and beaches packed into its nine mile long shoreline. Unlike some of the other Southern California coastal cities which have continuous sandy waterfronts, Laguna’s is irregular and rocky in many places. This is a blessing for those of us that love investigating tide pools.
At low tide, there are many different areas where tide pools are revealed. From Thousand Steps Beach in south Laguna Beach to Crystal Cove State Park at the border with Newport Beach, there many rocky points and reefs to explore. The best-known spots for tidepooling are probably Rockpile Beach, Shaw’s Cove, and Crescent Bay Beach, but there are many more in between.
Tide Pools at Shaw’s Cove
See the map above and the list below with all the tide pools in Laguna Beach.