Always swim near a lifeguard and with a buddy — and follow common sense beach safety guidelines. Not every beach has a lifeguard at all times.

We recommend Main Beach, Treasure Island Beach, Crescent Bay Beach, or Aliso Creek Beach, which each have public restrooms and outdoor showers.

The water quality of Orange County beaches, including those in Laguna Beach, is monitored by the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Dangerous Rocks

The rocky outcroppings that make our beaches so pretty are also very dangerous. Every weekend we answer emergency calls from people who have injured themselves - or worse - on our rocks. Please use caution when walking or climbing on the rocks. Waves can be unpredictable and have swept many unsuspecting beachgoers off their feet.

Other Beach Rules

  • Beaches north of Aliso Creek close between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Beaches south of Aliso Creek close between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., with the exception of Thousand Steps Beach, which closes between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  • There is no alcohol allowed on our beaches. Even if you're 21.
  • There is no smoking in any public area of Laguna Beach, including our beaches.
  • Dogs are allowed on the beach all year, but the times of day they are permitted depends on the time of year. During our busy summer season, June 15 - September 10, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach before 9:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m. During the fall, winter, and spring, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach at any time of day. Dogs are not allowed at Thousand Steps Beach at any time. Read more about this rule in our Municipal Code.
  • Umbrellas and tents must be smaller than 6 feet wide and 6 feet tall.
  • Surfing is allowed at Agate, Brooks, Rockpile, and Thalia Street beaches.
  • Fires are prohibited at all City beaches.
  • You can read all beach regulations in our Municipal Code.