I love to go to the beach during the winter months to check out the beautiful tide pools. You don’t have to worry about the heat, the crowd or parking, so it really becomes an easy fun way to spend an afternoon with the kids.
I recently discovered the Shaw’s Cove tide pools in Laguna Beach and I really recommend you take the kids to check them out. Also, this beach is beautiful and secluded and it is definitely a perfect place to snorkel or swim during the summer months.
How to get there:
The entrance of this beach is off of Cliff Drive and Fairview Street in Laguna Beach. You will see a stairway leading you down to the beach.
What you should know:
- Tide pools are located on both sides of the beach. You can’t miss them.
- There aren’t any restrooms, so plan accordingly.
- To get to the beach you have to walk some stairs. It is only a couple of minutes (or less), but I don’t recommend you take a stroller or a wagon with you.
- In winter it is very easy to find street parking close to the entrance of the beach, but I can imagine that it might be difficult during the summer months.
- Wear shoes when you check out the tide pools. My girl decided to take them off and cut her foot within seconds.
- When you go see the tide pools you are supposed to check the tide report first. To be honest with you I never do, I just go and hope for the best. But in case you want to analyze the tide report before heading out, here it is.
- Remember that you can not remove anything from the beach. So leave the animals, shells, rocks alone. You will go to prison if you remove them…well, I am not sure if they will actually take you to prison, but don’t chance it. Leave the beach alone for everyone to enjoy ;).
- If you are visiting the Shaw’s Cove during a busier time of the year, you might want to consider taking their free shuttle which drops you off right in front of the beach entrance. Here is a map of the Laguna Beach Trolley’schedule . Note that they offer free parking on weekends at the Mission Hospital.