Came here day after the 4th of July. Very scenic mid-sized beach within a pretty cove. It was full of people, which took away from the natural beauty of the cove, but it was thankfully a pretty mellow crowd. Big riptide...got the impression from the lifeguards that it was more severe than normal. As a result, lifeguards didn't want anybody getting anywhere near the huge waves that crashed right next to the waterline. However, everybody was having a blast standing back and then getting blasted after the waves hit as they rocketed up the shoreline...just needed to be careful not to get to close for fear of being pulled out by the backwash. The tide was coming in while we were there. If you arrive while tide is coming in, be careful to look for indications of the high tide line (sand ridge, fields of small rocks, seaweed, etc.). Many folks had their setups suddenly inundated with water when a big wave swept in and pushed up the waterline. Lots of grumbling about cellphones getting wet and items getting swept out to sea. Great food stand right on the beach! Parking lots (there is one across PCH (with a convenient walking tunnel under the road) as well as right next to the beach) were full by noon on a Saturday. Only $1/hr...cheaper than a lot of beaches.
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