Imagine living in a city where the streets end at the ocean. You can realize that daydream in the city of Laguna Beach, where Thalia, Oak and Brooks Streets meet the sea.
When venturing to these beaches, be sure to strap surfboards to your roof and tuck a boogie board under your arm, because here, it’s all about doing. If you can hang, get in there, but know that the sand virtually disappears at high tide and the rip can be treacherous. It’s also totally cool if all you do is watch. Afterwards, grab a few fish tacos at Wahoo’s and head to the observation deck at Brooks to watch the sun set over the backs of wetsuit-wearing surfers who carried their boards down from their backyards.
Nearby, find Pearl Street Beach so you can see a famous blowhole and a rock arch that leads to Wood’s Cove at low tide. West Street Beach is a little harder to find, but also worth the trek. Historically known as Laguna’s LGBTQ+ friendliest beach, you’ll find a mix of folks, both queer and straight, on this unspoiled stretch of sand. Just know that there are no services, so you’ll want to bring a cooler full of snacks.