Swim at the Thousand Steps Pools
Orange County › Thousand Steps Beach
Added by Connor Van Orden
A beautiful, sometimes secluded beach with two man made pools that collect saltwater during high tide and warm up during low tide. Unbelievable sunset views.
Driving down PCH southbound. Park at 9th street Laguna beach. You'l descend 219 stairs to be exact (feels like a 1,000). Once on the beach head to your left (south) until you come across a cave.
Head through the cave (tide willing, best to go during a mid-low tide) and continue along the sea-side rocks. After only about 1/4 mile, you'll get to the highest point of the hike and you will be able to see the pools on the other side of the beach.
- Swimming trunks
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Hey those are my photos! :D This is by far my favorite beach spot. It sucks that social media has blown up the spot and it's currently guarded by cops/lifeguards. Definitely watch the tides if you're trying to get over - that's how accidents happen!
Be Safe When Unfamiliar With The Ocean
Folks this is a fun spot but one thing that needs to be addressed for people unfamiliar with the ocean and getting to this location is tidal changes as well as current ocean swells. To prevent incidents like the one that Scott Bideau posted, please know what time low tide and high tide is at. When people try to scurry between wave intervals on mossy rocks during high tide, there will likely be consequences - and the ocean is unforgiving. Like all beautiful places, there are some risks involved and the only way to minimize those risks is to be knowledgeable. Check local forecasts, go during a low or moderate tide after high tide has passed, during small swells, listen to lifeguards if they are present, and have fun.
Try and make sure the tide has just come up (high tide) to bring fresh water into the pools and you'll be pleasantly surprised. This place is perfect and right on the beach. It's definitely open to the public.
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