Explore Laguna Beach's Pirate Tower

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La Tour is the name of the hidden tower in Laguna Beach and it looks like it's straight out of a fairy tale! Great spot to watch the sunset, play in the natural pool, or have a photoshoot.

To find this little hidden treasure, put Victoria Beach into your phone as your destination and park for free on S Coast Highway anywhere between Sunset Terrace, McAulay Place, or Victoria Drive. Make your way down any of these streets toward the beach and you will see stairs going down at the end of Sunset Terrace/Victoria Drive. Be sure to check the tide tables.

Head down the stairs but before the last step to the beach go right across the rocks. I would recommend shoes with excellent grips that can get wet, as you will need to scramble across a few rocks. After two short minutes you will see an awesome looking pool that when conditions are right, fill. Right before sunset seems to work out perfect for me as the pool was filled.

The tower itself is right next to the natural pool. Fun fact: This tower was used as a spiral staircase so the people that lived above it could easily get down to the beach. It is abandoned and locked up now but still provides a great landscape for photographers.

This adventure was featured in our Spring 2019 Lookbook!

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Love this spot!

Love Laguna, and this spot was such a delightful surprise! Great place to take some photos - there were only a handful of people there when we visited.

Pleasant surprise

This was a nice break on my trip from San Diego to Newport Beach. The tower and bath area right on the beach made for some awesome photos. Parking is tough to come by.

Good, but crowded

Good, but crowded

For Real...

Never would have thought this would be in Southern California, let alone in Laguna. Just a stunning beach, amazing scenery and totally accessible...even family friendly. Stop by and make sure to leave it better than you found it (pick up a few pieces of trash).

Picturesque Beach

This may be one of my absolute favorite though little known beaches in Laguna. I love photographing this beach it has so many amazing contrasts from the rocks to the beach and a awesome little pool when the tide goes out. The tower is amazing and a fun place to bring the kids and let them feel like a princess or a pirate for the afternoon. It is a little hard to find as the gate is set back off PCH and there's a lot of overgrowth of greenery around the entrance. But it's worth the hunt!

Gorgeous

Absolutely gorgeous beach. About 2 miles south of the main beach, which made our visit nice and quiet. Beautiful walk right off PCH down multiple flights of stairs and straight to the beach!

Never would have found this place without the Outbound

One of the coolest ocean spots I've ever been too. It was secluded, and I had the whole area to myself. La Tour was an awesome site. To top it all off, a white whale surfaced straight up out of the ocean while I was photographing the ocean. I'd highly recommend this great adventure.

Little Gem

I found this gem a few years ago and have loved coming back to it as often as I can. It gets pretty crowded during summer, but it's worth it if you visit at high tide or when it's high surf and can swim in the ocean water pool below the tower.

Bucket List Number 38

Beautiful tour and gate with a cute lil pool in front :) but there were like 8 photoshoots when we went haha and best to go at low tides. 7/10

very beautiful, and popular

It was definitely a beautiful spot, but as Ben said, there were so many other people also taking photos and some (what appeared to be) engagement photo shoots. But I'd say it was worth it to see the tower and tide pools!

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