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Ninth Ave and Pacific Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Best for: Swimming, tide pooling, snorkeling, diving, skim boarding, sunbathing, general beach fun

Named for the not-quite-1000-steps-stairway access, this beach is worth the effort (although most of the hard work will be left at the end of the day on your way back up). The stairs and the distance from downtown Laguna (about 4 miles) make this beach somewhat off the beaten path, which means less crowds on some days. The beach is not as picturesque as some others (such as Crescent Bay) but it is beautiful nonetheless and an ideal spot for swimming, sunbathing, playing in the waves, and otherwise hanging out. You'll encounter locals here who prefer the beach for activities like skim boarding and beach volleyball - yes, there is a volleyball net on the beach. There are also tide pools to explore.

Unbeknownst to many visitors, there is a cave at the southern end of Thousand Steps Beach. The cave is wide and well lit, and is open on both ends. Walking through will land you on a private beach that has small tide pools. Be sure to bring everything you need for a day at the beach while visiting Thousand Steps Beach, as you probably wont want to make several trips up the stairs.

Parking: The stairs to the beach are just off the Coast Highway, where there is very limited parking. Across the coast highway on 9th Avenue and other streets there is parking in residential neighborhoods. Be thoughtful about where you park here.

Access: The steep, cement staircase access is located at the intersection of the Coast Highway and 9th Avenue.

Facilities: Restrooms, showers, beach volleyball court. Restroom and showers located near the stairs access.

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Best for: Swimming, tide pooling, snorkeling, diving, skim boarding, sunbathing, general beach fun

Parking: The stairs to the beach are just off the Coast Highway, where there is very limited parking. Across the coast highway on 9th Avenue and other streets there is parking in residential neighborhoods. Be thoughtful about where you park here.

Access: The steep, cement staircase access is located at the intersection of the Coast Highway and 9th Avenue.

Facilities: Restrooms, showers, beach volleyball court. Restroom and showers located near the stairs access.

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