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Rain Advisory In Effect

The Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers during and after rainstorms. The elevated levels of bacteria can continue for a period of at least 3 days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of the runoff. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions.

Green flagOcean water bacteria levels meet state health standards.

Yellow flagOcean water bacteria levels exceed state health standards and may cause illness.

More Information

Red flagOcean water is closed due to sewage contaminated water.

Use the menu bar below to view the map and current water quality status of your favorite local beach.

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Laguna Beach Amenities

Laguna Beach Area

lifeguard disabled restrooms firepits entrance fishing surfing scuba stairs interpretive camping

Emerald Bay

yes yes yes yes     yes        

Crescent/ Shaws Cove

yes yes yes         yes yes    

Heisler Park Area*

yes yes yes yes**     yes yes yes    

Main Beach*

yes yes yes       yes        

Arch & Woods Cove*

              yes yes    

Aliso Beach*

yes yes yes yes     yes yes      

1,000 Steps*

yes   yes       yes yes yes    

Monarch Beach

            yes yes      

Salt Creek*

yes yes yes

yes**

    yes   yes    

Most lifeguard staffing is seasonal - June 23rd to Labor Day Weekend
* Note: expect to pay for parking at most Orange County beaches
** bbqs on bluffs not firepits on beach

 

 

 

  Emerald Bay, Cameo Cove - Limited Public Access
Pacific Coast Hwy and Emerald Bay Circle, Laguna Beach, CA
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(photo of beach: click to enlarge) Crescent Bay, Shaws Cove
Pacific Coast Hwy from Cliff Drive to Wave Street, Laguna Beach, CA
MAP
(photo of beach: click to enlarge)

Heisler Park (Fishermans Cove & Divers Cove)
Pacific Coast Hwy and Myrtle Street, Laguna Beach, CA
MAP

(photo of beach: click to enlarge)

Main Beach
Pacific Coast Hwy and Broadway, Laguna Beach, CA
(949) 494-6572; Surf & Weather (949) 494-6573
MAP

(photo of beach: click to enlarge)

Arch & Woods Coves
Three Pocket Beaches: At west end of Diamond St, Moss St, and Victoria Dr at Sunset Terrace, Laguna Beach, CA
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(photo of beach: click to enlarge)

Aliso County Beach Park - County Park link
Pacific Coast Hwy, just south of Country Club Road, South Laguna, CA (949) 923-2280
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(photo of beach: click to enlarge)

1,000 Steps County Beach - Photo of steps
Pacific Coast Hwy and 9th Ave, South Laguna, CA
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Monarch Beach - Limited Public Access
Pacific Coast Hwy and Monarch Day Drive (Crown Valley), S. Laguna, CA
MAP

(photo of beach: click to enlarge)

Salt Creek Beach - County Park link
Pacific Coast Hwy and Ritz Carlton Drive
South Laguna, CA (949) 923-2280
No steps, but steep pathway to beach
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