Explore Laguna Beach's Pirate Tower

Added by Aubree Plodinec

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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ūü•áTop Contributor

about 1 month ago

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.

ūü•áTop Contributor

2 months ago

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

ūü•áTop Contributor

about 2 years ago

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!

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