One of the best things about living in Southern California is the plethora of beaches all within an hour drive from my house. There are beaches for surfing, camping, swimming and even shopping. Most people are familiar with the main beaches like Newport, Santa Monica and Huntington, but many are less familiar with the stellar beaches in the less travelled areas like Laguna Beach. This is exactly where the gem that is 1000 Step Beach is nestled, and even though finding it can be difficult, it is worth your time to put in the extra effort.
As I said this beach is difficult to find. I think this is mostly because the locals would rather not have it become a tourist trap like Huntington and Newport have become, and I couldn’t agree more. That being said everyone should be able to experience its beauty if they are wanting to find it, so here is the how to get there. If you are in Laguna and head onto PCH you will come to a small area with some housing right after the South Coast Medical Center. From there you will want to park between 8th and 10th street, or further away if you cannot find parking in the limited street spots. After parking you can head across the street at 9th and will see the small opening that gives you access to the stairs and in turn the beach. You can get directions from your location at the bottom of the post
On the weekend, during the winter this becomes a extremely popular place for the locals to get some work outs in walking up and down the steps. It will give you a decent sweat out as there are a couple hundred stairs at least before you hit the bottom.
While not to difficult on the way down, it becomes a great work out on the way up. Once you make it to the bottom you will be on the beach.
1000 steps beach is about 400 yards of pristine sand, crashing waves, tide pools, and even a cave. It also offers you views of some of the most lavish houses you have ever seen, all with their own fenced off areas of the beach as well as personal steps to take them from their house to the start of the sand.
While I was there the tide was high so I wasn’t able to see the tide pools, but I did enjoy watching boogie boarders and exploring the sea caves. This is one of the more beautiful beaches in Southern California so it is a great place to just hang out.
The Sea Cave
On the south end of the beach there is a pretty decent sized cave that you can walk in and explore. On low tide there is almost no water in there, but at high tide it can start to move around pretty good.
Make sure that you are careful and pay attention to the water coming in so that you don’t get stuck in there or get your electronics wet as I almost did. It is a fun cave to explore though and definitely worth checking out.
Check out my video for highlights from the beach
1000 steps beach is one of the Southern California beaches that remind you there are still great places to escape from the hustle and bustle of people. That being said, make sure to do your part to clean up and keep this beach beautiful if you make the trip. I highly recommend you go check it out, and let me know if you have other beaches you would recommend in the comments. You can see the rest of the photos and get directions below.