Main Beach:
Close to downtown shops, galleries, and restaurants in Laguna Beach

Main Beach is the most well-known of all Laguna’s beaches. Tourists from all around the world walk along the wooden boardwalk, take pictures in front of the historic lifeguard tower, and marvel at the beautiful views on this beach.

In addition to enjoying the sand, surf, and sun of Main Beach- visitors will also find- several grassy areas, a children’s playground, volleyball courts, and two half-court basketball courts. There are also two public bathrooms with outdoor showers available to rinse off sand.
Main Beach at Sunset by Deborah Sussex, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California
photo by: Deborah Sussex

Main Beach at Sunset, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California
Main Beach at Sunset
(Courtesy of David Van Westerhuyzer
Chris and Sarah at Main Beach, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California
Visiting Main Beach
(Courtesy of Chris and Sarah Bonomo)

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What You'll Find at Main Beach

Childrens playground at Main Beach, Laguna Beach, California
(Childrens Playground)
The children's playground is a great place for the little ones to burn-off more of that youthful energy!
The children's playground area at Main Beach features slides, swings, and a full playground apparatus just steps from the sand! And conveniently close to a large grassy area just in case you prefer to not get sand everywhere! Childrens playground at Main Beach, Laguna Beach, California
(Childrens Slides)
Volleyball at Main Beach, Laguna Beach, California
(Volleyball Courts)
There are four volleyball courts at Main Beach, so unless there's an organized event going on, you can usually get on a court without too long a wait! During the summer, there are some really talented players that come out and play- so it's a lot of fun just to watch them demonstrate their skills!
Many people enjoy just taking a stroll down the wooden boardwalk and enjoy the ocean breezes, salt air, and the sound of the waves crashing on the beach! boardwalk at Main Beach, Laguna Beach, California
(Wooden Boardwalk)
Parrots at Main Beach Park, Laguna Beach beach, California
(Parrots and exotic birds)
Often you'll find people bring their unique pets down to the grassy areas and boardwalk. On this day, one of the locals brought his exotic birds and brightly colored parrots. Make sure to ask before petting any animals, some have more agreeable personalities than others!
Come see the historic Lifeguard Tower. The Laguna Beach Lifeguards also post the daily statistics for water temperature, surf, and more. Main Beach Lifeguard Tower, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California
(Historic Lifeguard Tower)

Also Near Main Beach

If you’re visiting, don’t miss the stairs on the north end of Main Beach that lead to a winding walkway up to scenic Heisler Park. Heisler Park is a large grassy park which rests upon the cliffs above several adjacent beaches, and provides beach access stairs (and ramps) down to the diverse beaches below.
These nearby beaches are also worth exploring, if you like tidepools, scenic spots, and crashing waves! Picnic Beach for easy ramp access
Diver's Cove or Shaw's Cove for snorkeling
Fisherman's Cove for kayak rentals
or go to the best tidepools in North Laguna at Crescent Bay Beach just a short walk away!
Main Beach Lifeguard Tower, Laguna Beach, California
(Main Beach Lifeguard Tower)
photo courtesy of Robert Pitt

Laguna Beach Restaurants Near Main Beach

Main Beach is conveniently located across the street from countless downtown shops, galleries, and Laguna Beach restaurants in the North end of town.

If you’re spending the day at the beach and just thinking about grabbing some take-out food and bringing it back to your spot on the sand- consider BJ’s Pizza, La Sirena Grill, or Johnny Rockets. Starbucks also has two locations directly across the street.

And if you love ice cream or frozen yogurt like I do- Haagen Daaz, Golden Spoon, Gelato Paridiso and Chantilly Ice Cream are also right across the street!

There are also several nicer restaurants within walking distance of Main Beach. If you’re planning a dinner at nearby Las Brisas, The Beach House Restaurant, or Aegean Cafe - make sure to save a little time afterwards to take a stroll on the boardwalk and enjoy the ocean breezes on the beautiful Main Beach boardwalk.

Laguna Beach Hotels Near Main Beach

There are several great Laguna Beach hotels very near to Main Beach. There are two hotels that are located right next to the beach. On the south end is the historic Hotel Laguna, complete with upscale Claes Restaurant. Perched on the cliffs on the North end of Main Beach you can't miss the Inn at Laguna Beach. You'll love the central location of each of these hotels!

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There are great green grassy areas with windswept trees and palms all along Main Beach. Windswept Tree and Grassy Area, Main Beach Laguna Beach
Grassy Area, Main Beach Laguna Beach More green grass with a lifeguard tower in the distance at Main Beach

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Main Beach in the News

Main Beach One Of Nation's Most Popular Beaches

- (07/29/2009
The 19th annual beach water quality report released by the Natural Defense Council provides a 5 star rating guide of the 200 most popular beaches in the country and Main Beach made the list...

Kayak concession given leeway and memories of Main Beach

- (04/09/2009 Coastline Pilot)
...Boyd recalls the days of his youth before the city bought Main Beach and developed the “Window to the Sea.” He said rafts and umbrellas were rented out and beaches were designated for surfers...

Parking for Main Beach in Laguna Beach

Metered parking for Main Beach can be found along Coast Highway and most side streets. There is also a pay parking lot located on Glenneyre St just south of Laguna Ave. If you don’t want to pay for parking and don’t mind walking, you can often find free parking farther up in residential neighborhoods- just be careful to not block anyone’s driveway!

Main Beach Laguna Beach - Location

Main Beach is located at Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Broadway in Laguna Beach, California

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