Explore Laguna Beach Caves

Thousand Steps Beach

Beautiful beach caves with blue, clear water. An awesome place to hang out that's super photogenic and totally FREE!

Explore some beautiful caves right on the beach in Laguna. The stairs leading down to the beach are just off the side of PCH at 9th st. You can park anywhere along the PCH on both sides near 9th st.

Head down the stairs and the main caves are on the left. To the right there are also some small caves that are cool for photos. It's super easy to find. It's also an awesome place to take a date and watch the sunset. The rocks can be a little rough to walk on barefoot so it would be good to have some sandals with straps or something that can get wet and protect your feet.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Swimsuit
  • Aquasocks/Chacos
  • Picnic
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Beach
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Groups
Romantic
Scenic
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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Caves Off Limits

The caves are now off limits to people. Lifeguard said too many people have gotten hurt/died visiting them. Hefty fine if you try.

Gorgeous Beach

Perfect beach to take in the views. Great whale watching and cool cave to explore.

Laguna Beach Caves

This adventure is one for the books!! Recommend bringing shorts and towels if you really want to explore the area during high tides. Had a blast climbing the rocks, hiking the stairs, and taking photos in the cave. Wonderful spot to relax.


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