Main Beach



Dream Come True

That it’s called “Main” Beach is fitting: It’s the main attraction in Laguna Beach, and its spacious sands are popular with visitors and locals alike. For those who love to see the sea swell before them and cliffs rise behind them, Main Beach is a dream come true.

Its boardwalk was made for early morning or late afternoon strolls, allowing a great opportunity to witness a stunning sunrise or sunset, or to admire the historic white lifeguard tower that serves as a landmark.

Have Fun, Be Careful

Of course, it goes without saying that a beach like this is heaven for bodysurfers, bodyboarders and swimmers. In the summer months, though, the surf can be quite dangerous and rip tides threaten swimmers’ safety.

Rather than risk it when the surf is rough, stay onshore and play a game of volleyball or basketball, or simply snag a bench and watch the waves crash at the shore. While pets are allowed here, alcohol is not, so leave the libations at the hotel.

You won’t have to venture far when dinnertime rolls around. Dozens of restaurants are located near the beach, especially around Broadway St, Ocean Ave and Forest Ave.


Don’t worry if you don’t have all of your gear with you when you come; beach equipment rentals are plentiful here.

There’s metered parking along the Pacific Coast Highway and in the downtown area, but If you can’t get a spot, consider parking in the shuttle lot on Highway 133 and catching the free shuttle to the beach.

Pay attention to the beach warnings, which can keep you safe from red tides and jellyfish, and be aware that there are strict rules about fishing and taking marine life from the beach.

Main Beach at a Glance

City:Laguna Beach

Country or State:California

Length of Beach:.3 miles

Access:By car, taxi, shuttle

Best time to visit:March to May or Sept to Nov

High Season:June to November

Low Season:December to May


  • Restaurants and bars
  • Lifeguards
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • Golden sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular