Laguna Beach is a surfer’s paradise. The city has been attracting surfers for decades, and our beaches offer a diverse selection for those who crave the waves. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a seasoned pro, there’s a beach in Laguna for you. Here’s a look at the best places in town to hang ten.


Before we get to the beaches, here’s what you need to know about parking and hours. The beaches in Laguna Beach are open 365 days a year from 5 am – 1 am (except for Aliso Beach which is open from 6 am – 10 pm). Visit the Laguna Beach website to find out everything you need to know about parking at city beaches. If you’d like to surf with your dog, they are allowed on city beaches before 9 am and after 6 pm from June 15 – September 10. Before or after those dates, they are welcome during regular beach hours.


Ask just about any surfer in Laguna Beach, and they’ll tell you that Thalia Street is one of the best surfing beaches in town. This location is great for those just learning to surf as well as surfers who have been at it awhile. The waves here are gentle but offer more of a challenge further out. Thalia Street is known for being laid-back and very friendly and is a great beach to relax on in between waves.


A popular place for more advanced surfers, Brooks Street offers left-breaking waves that are a little bigger than other spots in the city. Take-offs are fairly consistent because of the topography under the water. In addition, Brooks Street is a great place to show off your skills to onlookers. There are viewing benches located above the beach, which can see hundreds of people on a good surfing day.


If you want to catch a hollow barrel, then head to Rockpile on the north end of Main Beach. There’s a jagged rock that sits just offshore which will create barrels under the right conditions. The wave is fast and should only be attempted by those with some experience under their belts. If you want to get used to the waves here, try taking off farther away from the rocks. Surfers here are generally local and very experienced, so always observe surfing etiquette.


Though the three mentioned above are the favorites among locals, there are other good surfing beaches worth mentioning. Check out Salt Creek for reliable waves and a beautiful park to enjoy afterward. Oak Street is a fun beach with gentle waves that are the perfect place to check out if you want to avoid a crowd. Finally, Sleepy Hollow can provide good waves in the right conditions, and you can enjoy a tasty meal at The Deck on Laguna Beach after.


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