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“Locals "Secret" Cove!!!”
Review of Shaws Cove

Shaws Cove
laguna beach, california
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86 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Locals "Secret" Cove!!!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Great snorkeling, great diving, fabulous scenery ~ what more could you ask for!! There is usually plenty of free or metered parking nearby and recently redone steps leading down to this magnificent cove!! A true locals favorite!! There are no bathroom, shower or food facilities located at this beach but it is well worth visiting due to the natural beauty. This is also one of the premiere scuba diving spots in Southern California!!! If you visit, please help keep the beach clean and safe for everyone to enjoy, by cleaning up any trash and depositing it in the waste cans at the foot of the stairs. There is a lifeguard on duty during summer hours set by the city! Enjoy!!!

Visited March 2014
1 Thank bohemedream
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Laguna Beach, California
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Remember 80s surf beach”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

View from the top is killer. Walk down stairs to gorgeous beach that doesn't quit. Bring friend or friends for swim, sunbathing or walk. Try it once and it is addictive.

Visited May 2014
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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116 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Perfect QUIET Beach, Awesome Tide-Pools!”
Reviewed 6 March 2014

Shaws Cove is a little tucked away public beach in Laguna Beach, and it was my favorite beach in town - mostly because it seems to be a pretty well kept secret (maybe I shouldn't be spilling the beans!)

Park on a residential street, and head down a few sets of stairs (not wheel chair accessible...it was barely stroller accessible), the cove set between two points. It was quiet, with only 6 or 7 people there, ourselves included. We were able to play in the waves and build sandcastles, and throw a football around, without dozens of people running around us, or dogs freaking my daughter out.

Toward the North end are lots of rocks, with lots of tide pools teeming with life! We had SO MUCH FUN exploring them, lots of urchins, starfish, etc.... just remember to keep your flipflops on so you don't cut up your feet!

We ended up going back, because it seemed so out of the way - there are some big beach houses on the bluffs above the beach, and it's so beautiful. I'd suggest this beach for families with kids, definitely.

Visited February 2014
3 Thank TheSaent
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