Right smack dab in the middle of Laguna Beach is Main Beach Park. Picture blue sky, bluer water, white sand and you sitting on a bench along a boardwalk while your kids play at the park. It’s pretty ideal. If you get tired of staring at the gorgeous ocean, you can always direct your attention to people watching. There is no shortage of that. Laguna beach is an eclectic mix of artists, athletes, beach bums and tourists. There is a homeless element here, but even they seem to know where they are is a piece of gold in itself.
Main Beach Park sits right on the beach. The ground is sand instead of awful wood chips. The park itself is probably best for under 5-year-olds, but my 8-year-old found a way to entertain herself climbing on top of the structures. There are a few sections boarded up (where slides may have been) but that didn’t seem to stop any of the kids from having fun. The bathrooms weren’t the cleanest, but they were right next to the park adding to the convenience.
Next to the park are places to play chess or checkers, volleyball and basketball courts and Heisler Park with great tidepooling at low tide. Parking isn’t the easiest as it is right in town. Metered parking is available or you can do what I did and stay in town (I was at the Inn at Laguna Beach) and walked there from my lodging.
There’s very few places where you can be with Lu Lu Lemon dressed moms, sun baked surfer dads, Italian tourists and backpackers all in one place. But Main Beach provides the people watching while your children are distracted with having fun. Win-win situation. Grab a coffee or gelato, sit yourself down, bask in the sun and enjoy a day in paradise…other name, Laguna Beach.
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There's so much available to do at Main Beach - or you can plant yourself in the sand and do nothing at all! That's the joy of this place. It's a great place to sit and watch the people, or enjoy the sand and surf, or allow your kids to play on the playground. There are facilites located right there so you can change when you get there or go to the bathroom if need be. Restaurants and stores are nearby in the event you need something as well. My family stayed in a resort nearby so it was fun to come down here one day and enjoy the local sights and sounds.
Located at the entrance to Main Beach is a huge lifeguard tower that was once across the street as part of a gas station. When the gas staion closed, they moved it across the street and statred using it as a lifeguard tower. Look for it and try to imagine it as part of a gas station!
We had a great day on the beach here. It wasn't overly crowded (and we were there in July, right before the 4th). We would go back if in town again. Great place to enjoy some sun and fun in the Pacific!
The location of this playground is outstanding. There is one bench swing and one baby swing near the beach. The play structure has tunnels and slides. Most kids just like to balance on the small fence surrounding the play equipment. Use caution here because it's busy and you can't always see your kids. Read more on FunOrangeCountyParks.com.
This beach has it all: clean sand, crystal clear water, playground, basketball courts, public bathroom, boardwalk, tide pools, and restaurants. We love coming here and finding a spot along the sand and watching for dolphins surfing in the waves and pelicans diving for their meal.
The tide pools are on the north side of the beach and are a bit of a walk from the playground, but there is a boardwalk that you can walk on for most of the way. The bathrooms are next to the playground and on the north side of the beach near the tide pools.
Parking can be tricky at this beach. There are meters on many of the local streets, or in small parking areas near the stores on Laguna Canyon Road.
We prefer to park in the parking garage on Glenneyre St. just south of Laguna Ave. It is about a 10 minute walk from there to the beach.
It is one of the most beautiful and famous beaches in the U.S. and we love it!