Explore Thousand Steps Beach

Thousand Steps Beach

Easy beach access and blue see-through waves with small crowds in the off season. This is a huge beach with the potential for wildlife spotting.

Park at the intersection of Highway 1 and 9th Ave in Laguna Beach. Walk down the steps—there are more like 300 than 1000—and once you hit the beach, head south.

When the tide is low, you can walk through a cave and on the other side you will find a couple of shallow pools where you can swim and check out the sea life.

Pack List

  • Sunscreen
  • Goggles
  • Underwater camera
  • Wetsuit in the winter
  • Beach towel
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Bodysurfing, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Swimming Hole


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Not a Thousand, but a lot of steps

...but totally worth the walk up and down. Just a pristine beach that has little sections to bodysurf, people watch and have a beach picnic. Definitely pack up all your trash and pick up a few more pieces on your way out.


Great Photo. Can you tell me where this picture was taken? I've been to the "Secret Pools" at Thousand Step Beach but both of them do not look like this.


Solid bodysurfing spot. Three different breaks good spot for surfing fun little slab

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