Southern California's Best Hidden Beaches

Bluff Cove

609 Paseo Del Mar Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Located in Palos Verdes, this little cove is great for hiking, tide pool adventuring, and snorkeling. This spot is best known by local surfers and scuba divers who take advantage of the small sandy beach area. If there is a low tide, you will be able to explore the rocky shoreline all the way down to the Shipwreck Hiking Trail where you can continue your hike. Although this beach is not meant for sand volleyball or a sun tan session, the coastal hiking views are not something to be missed! Plus, getting a little exercise in couldn't hurt. 

Carbon Beach

22466 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265

Carbon Beach is also nicknamed "Billionaire's Beach" because of the incredible homes that line the waterfront. With a wide sandy base at low tide, this is the perfect spot to bask in the Southern California sun. Make sure to check the tides for the day or else you will only be able to walk along the shoreline and admire the view. There are two access points to this beach and free street parking which makes this location easier to access for those who know its secret location. 

Crystal Cove

8471 North Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Known best for the vintage Ruby's Diner Shake Shack next to the entrance of the state beach, this little cove offers a large sand area that is perfect for long walks along the coastline and hiking trails above the beach. Once you've grabbed one of their famously thick milkshakes and golden fries, make sure you check out the old cottages lining the shore containing pictures and historical facts that are open to public viewing. 

Pirates Cove

Ocean Blvd and Heliotrope Ave Newport Beach, CA 92625

Pirates Cove is a little beach gem nestled in Newport Beach, CA right below lookout point. At the top of the cove, you'll find a pathway of stairs that lead you down a cliff and to naturally made rock steps. Once you get to the sand, you'll find a small sandy beach area with plenty of hollowed out caves for exploration. This secret spot is ideal for families with small adventurers because of its safe passageways and generally low tide. If you're traveling with those who are a bit older, there are a few tide pools around the cliff's edge to explore with caution. 

Thousand Steps

Coast Highway and 9th Ave Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Infamous for its endless set of steep stairs, Thousand Steps Beach is well worth the climb. Although it is one of the largest beaches in Laguna, its difficult to find entrance location makes it hard for beachgoers to find.  This location is generally pretty quiet, but offers amenities such as public restrooms and volleyball courts. As long as you can make the hike down and back up, this makes for a beautiful picnic or relaxing beach day. 

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