If you’re anything like us, the beach is what gives you life. There is nothing like spending a warm morning sinking your feet into the cold sand while taking in the stunning views of crashing waves and scents of sea breeze dispelled in the air. We’re so fortunate to be surrounded by countless, world-class beaches along the coast of Southern California. People from around the world travel thousands of miles just to visit these beaches that sit in our backyard. Here are our top 5 favorite beaches located all within an hour.
Table Rock Beach (Laguna Beach)
This southern Laguna Beach is only known by locals. Its seclusion is worth the trouble of finding it as it can be difficult if you’re not familiar with the area. If you turn west onto Table Rock Drive from the highway and go one block to Bluff Drive, it will be to your left.
Wood’s Cove Beach (Laguna Beach)
If you’re having trouble finding Table Rock Beach consider Woods Cove Beach, which is just 2 miles north. Nicknamed Lover’s Cove, this sandy cove is surrounded by rocky points and fancy homes. This beach is not for the swimmers due to the rocks but makes for great sunbathing and wave watching.
Dana Point Headlands Beach
Covered with rocks and boulders, Dana Point Headlands Beach is located below the cliffs. Even though the beach is not very far off the beaten path, it seems to be very remote. In order to gain access to the beach, you must go behind the Ocean Institute on Dana Point Harbor. Drive to the very end of the harbor road and park near the Dana Point Pier, you can then walk past the Institute and cross of the jetty. Here you can explore the sea caves until you reach the sand.
Alamitos Park Beach (Long Beach)
Alamitos Beach is located at the far south end of the peninsula next to the channel entrance to Alamitos Bay. There is a small grass area with picnic tables and palms trees, but that far down, there usually aren’t too many people. On the opposite side of the beach, across the bay, you’ll be able to see the Alamitos Bay Yacht Clubs and Ballast Point. To get here, drive south on East Ocean Boulevard to the end at 72nd Place.
Pirates Cove Beach (Malibu)
It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t include a Malibu beach. Although Malibu is a world-class destination, there are plenty of secluded beaches. Pirates Cove Beach is hidden in a small cove just west of Point Dume. You can access the beach from the southern end of Westward Beach (it is tricky during high tides). Westward Beach ends abruptly at a high rock wall with large boulders piled up. Behind the wall is the cove. Take the rugged path behind the boulders if the water is too high to safely walk through.