If you want to avoid the crowded Southern California beaches this Summer, just head on over to this little hidden gem in Laguna Beach. And if you are lucky, Rapunzel might let down her hair and invite you up to her tower. Admittedly, I'm biased towards forested hiking trails. However, this trail in Newport (with tons of grassy hills and the ocean in the background) was so pretty. We went just around sunset to escape the California heat. PCH turn off at Cliff Drive. Go to point on left side of beach at low tide. A snug little cave hidden on Laguna's coastline. #green #orangecounty #lagunabeach #beach #california This is a iconc spot in Laguna Beach due to the Pirates Tower. Makes for a great photo. And a great beach just to visit and take in the views #BVSTrove You don't have to stay at this fabulous hotel to enjoy its beauty. It's become a Christmas tradition for my husband and I to just go have a drink in the lobby, have a bite to eat, and then sit outside and enjoy this amazing view. My favorite California beach. Beautiful beach hidden away on Laguna beach. Southern-most point of the beach where we walked the shore. The park actually extends south of here, but I'm not certain if there is any other beachfront access.
The shelf of rock (sandstone) in the lower left of this photograph is where I crumpled a small section and almost literally bumped into the juvenile Black-capped Night Heron shown in an earlier discovery. The rock formations along the beach were a bit more spectacular. Laguna isn't a big place, so you can't miss the main beach right as you come into town - a gorgeous place to spend an evening. Visiting this state park is like traveling back in time to a 1920s beach enclave. Restored old cottages, a shake shack, and a terrific restaurant right on the sand. You would never guess that you are in a major metropolitan area. Nature is simply beautiful. #green Beautiful sunset at Laguna Beach, California Walking along Laguna Beach coastline. So many things to discover! #green Classic wave-breaking shot, in case you you're selling romantic song collections or are planning to start a soap opera.
#waterlust Laguna was a dream 💚 OK, folks, with the old man talking about cubits in the next lot, it's time for a little dry-time nostalgia.
Back in June, I visited one of the most wildlife-friendly places on the planet: Orange County. You heard that right. California has the kind of space that makes even one of their moderately-sized state parks dwarf entire counties in other parts of the U.S..
Crystal Cove is such a park. I walked for ten miles through the place and probably only saw a third of it. Unbelievable.
Oh, and it's got one other thing going for it: it's dry.
As they say in the procedurals, #come hangout in caves! There is a private walk to the side on the main beach entrance. Once you walk down this is what you see... I love this hidden place. I guess I may have the gender of these two backwards, after all. It seems more likely that the female would stay in cover, particularly if the pair are nesting.
And at this point, I am tossing up my hands (here's hoping I can catch them), and saying I don't know which is which.
However, with respect to the one you saw before, this is the other... Watch where you step... The coasts of California are beautiful. Make a stop at the Pirate Tower at low tide and the rocky coastline gives you endless opportunities to explore & capture the rushing waves crashing against the rocks.
#BvSWater #ocean We arrived to see the last traces of mist rolling off the hills and vanishing into vapor. Beautiful sunset over El Morro Beach. Probably an Hawaiian Garden Spider.
Huge female, maybe three and a half inches from tip to tip. Sat there patiently enough while I macro-ed the heck out of it.
A beautiful creature, really. Wild Artichoke Thistle
This grows with some regularity throughout the park, but there were only a few specimens in bloom while we were there. While traversing the hilly streets of this neighborhood I came across this vintage bike next to a worn garden gate and it caught my eye. A bit of a tragedy, here (and I know I have seen this posted elsewhere on Trover).
Millions of these Pelagic Crabs have been beaching themselves daily on the shores of the Pacific in Southern California. Each is little more than three inches long, but the sand was literally a carpet of red in places when we first arrived.
According to the locals, this is a harbinger of a very powerful El Niño during the coming year, something which should bring much-needed moisture to the region. But in the meantime, the loss of all these tiny creatures is just staggering.
We noticed that the pockets of red had subsided by the time we left, but this may just have been a lull, or an indication that the crabs had begun to beach themselves elsewhere.
There is no danger of extinction with these crustaceans, far from it, but it was still a very, very difficult thing to see. #goldenhour at Laguna Beach California. One of my favorite states in the USA to take photos #beachbound At the north end of Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach CA is an old staircase built in the 20's designed to look like a castle tower. Take the public access stairs at Victoria and Sunset Terrace, and go right at the bottom. You'll have to climb over some rocks so sneakers are advised, plus go at low tide to avoid the waves. It's a short easy walk and worth the view! Mme. waits to be seated. Obligatory Gull capture. Sigh, one of many more to come. #green moss highlights the beautiful blue ocean of Laguna beach in spring . If you've never been here make the trip. You need to park on the road and walk over. Victoria Beach. Laguna. Just a lovely October afternoon on a beach. Stop in hwy 1 for lunch at #madisonsquaregarden and enjoy funky setting, some interaction with the owner and smoked salmon egg Benedict. Have to see it for yourself. Mme. has chosen a window-side table.
And may I say: that is an excellent choice. Spectacular #beach filming location of the movie Savages. Mastro's Ocean Club is where celebrities and other movers and shakers go to be attended to like whiny toddlers when they're in the OC. It has the feel of bayside clubs and restaurants back East. Not what you'd call formal, because how would that go down out here? But there are plenty of employees with black ties and freshly-pressed jackets to pamper individually to their clientele.
I must admit I didn't eat there. It's in the same shopping center as another restaurant, which I will be polite enough not to name, and so I had the opportunity to drive by it several times during my visit.
Frankly, I'm posting it for the dolphins. Maybe an analogy will serve best here.
You take a guy who is really used to making pants, hand him a bolt of cloth and say: make me a jacket out of this. Chances are, what you get back is going to look a lot like pants.
I went to So Cal for a little R&R and coastal hiking. So, I put the Sunset Mme. prefers to seat herself Welcome to the start of another Coveathalon.
Every Thursday during the summer, a group of intrepid souls gathers at the shoreline below the base of Crystal Cove Park to embark on a race for the ages.
Well, kinda.
To successfully complete the Coveathalon, the coveathlete has to swim one kilometer in the water and follow it up with a 5k run on land.
There aren't any prizes, and from what I can determine, it is essentially a preliminary heat to the real olympic-style event that marks the evening: drinking beer.
Still, it looks like a serious hoot for anyone who's game, and those who aren't can sit or stand or tan on shore while they urge their champion onto victory.
We were lucky enough to wander by at the start of the race and were able to get a glimpse of the shenanigans...er...proceedings from the very beginning.
If you're not prepared to smile at a group of people doing everything in their power to behave like porpoises, it is probably not your thing.
And for the participants, you better come with all the #waterlust you can muster. You're going to need it before the evening is through.
[ http://bestevents.us/corona-del-mar-coveathlon-thursday-nights-8-race-series-5/437577 ] Use the dirt path for a 20 second walk to a beautiful cliff. Careful at the cliffs edge there is no fence Crystal Cove State Park is monstrous. More than 6.5 square miles of generally untouched wilderness, criss-crossed with hiking paths (and inevitably parking facilities), running through chapparal, beach-head, brief high desert and even marshland. There are close to 4,000 acres of it, and over half of that is accessible for hiking, running, biking, horse-back riding, and any method of locomotion that doesn't require an engine.
We hiked Moro area to the south, which gave us a 15-mile hike with a 2,000-ft elevation gain, and most of the way looked like this. Don't let the soft sand and scrub-brush fool you, a 2,000 ft gain in warm, arid weather with cook your noodle good and proper. We hydrated like there was no tomorrow, but got our brains boiled anyway.
It was worth it.
The landscape was breathtaking, the wildlife diverse and widespread, and the sky was empty and blue from end to end.
You don't have to go fifteen miles or 2,000 feet. There are all kinds of cut-off trails from the main loop, and plenty of trails that zip through the center without much gain at all.
If you like the outdoors and want to experience some of the best there is to be found in the state of California, you owe yourself a visit.
And when you're done hiking, pop across the road to one of the beaches that make up the park.
Hey, you might find a juvenile Heron looking for a bit of grub! #green Beautiful walkway with gorgeous ocean views Go #green. Hiking the trail in spring ❤️ Hiking trail that lead to the beautiful Southern California beaches #green #green #lagunabeach #california #orangecounty Tide pools at fishermans cove. PCH and Cliff drive, go down to the beach and go left to the point. Go at low tide or else you'll get trapped out there! #beachbound Laguna Beach Palms at Sunset This is a beautiful place and it's hard to find. Park on the road its close by! The waves crashing on the shores and jagged rocks of Cress Street Beach, a popular surfing spot for Laguna Beach locals.
#lifeatexpedia Another one of Laguna's cove. Parking is dependent on time. This is down the street from many shops and food places. I realized after 40 years that I should start exploring new beaches in SoCal every year like I do in Hawaii (Oahu & Maui) last June we stopped in a few spots in Laguna Beach. The water here is so clear and the cove is beautiful. Messr. is pleased with his choice. I don't Historic tower located on the beach that's actually a staircase for the cliff-side home. Treasure Beach, Laguna Beach
The most gorgeous beach I have never seen #beachbound If you look carefully you will find #green cactus along the trails of Crystal Cove. A little Ghibli path found in a neighborhood in Laguna. I wonder what kind of creatures live down the way. Flowers are in bloom on the hiking trails of Crystal Cove #green #beach #hangout Wild flowers in bloom are the best . #green Finished the morning at Heisler Park. Textures. Floating seaweed on water, processed using instagram. Messr. surveys the menu Sunsets and silhouettes Nothing like a beautiful sunset to wind down the day. This at Woods Cove, amazing place to watch sunsets Another beautiful view along the Heisler Park walkway Adventure in Laguna Beach. #green Life guard hut on Laguna Beach, California at #goldenhour
Beautiful sunset at the surf and sand resort. Great way to spend 4th of July One last snap shot before dinner
#beachsunsets Heisler Park has a beautiful walking trail along the coast line Suns up time for breakfast Tide pool closeup What I like to call One of the most beautiful beach areas in the world, Laguna Beach. #beachbound Laguna Love visiting Laguna! Picturesque Pacific Ocean Beach on Luxurious Montage property. Situated on 30 acres in the heart of Laguna Beach, the water here is crystal clear and sand is just like silk. Our favorite haunt during summer off Pacific Coast Highway 1, minutes away from home. 🌊🏊🏊‍♀️ Yum! I definitely recommend The Cliff for an amazing meal! Enjoying brunch with a view Dripping Cave trail in Orange County, Ca. About a 4.5 round trip from the parking lot to this cave. Another place I never knew about until recently. I will definitely be coming back to explore some more. #drippingcave #cave #outdoorlife #adventures #hiking #orangecounty Love this run! Whale watching with Captain Dave's Dolphin Safaris is the BEST I've ever experienced. These guys not only know their stuff like no other, but they are the friendliest and coolest people around, and not to mention, southern California is one of the best places in the world, year round, to go whale watching. Here is a Humpback whale with Laguna Beach in the background.
This has to be the most beautiful city park in all of the world. The park runs about 1/2 mile stretch within Laguna Beach, CA.
Another sunrise in which I wanted to capture some sky fire.
#BvsCities Awesome walk down many stairs to this abandoned tower Laguna beach is one of the prettiest beaches In Southern California! I need come back. The Thalia Street Beach, just at the end of the street, down some steps. Divine. Good evening Laguna. Sunsets here never disappoint. Several restaurants have outdoor and balcony seating. This is the pirates tower at Victoria beach you must find the small public access stairs nestled amongst the laguna cottages on sunset street to get to the beach below.. And best to go at low tide to see the tower up close Laguna beach coast line during spring. #green Can't remember the name of the rooftop restaurant that served this This is one of the best places to spend a day. Soft sand composes this long wide, stretch of protected coastline making it an ideal spot for long walks, good reads and tasty picnic fare. #beach
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Get an overview of this hotelMotel with free parking, walk to Main Beach Park

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Free parking
Pets allowed
Free WiFi
Swimming pool
Smoke Free


Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Heisler Park and Main Beach Park. Laguna Art Museum and Diver's Cove are also within 5 minutes.

Property Features

This smoke-free motel features an outdoor pool, coffee/tea in a common area, and free newspapers. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include barbecue grills and a picnic area.

Room Amenities

All rooms are individually decorated and offer free WiFi and free local calls. For a bit of entertainment, flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and guests will also find coffee makers and hair dryers.

Languages Spoken

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

The Tides Laguna Beach features an outdoor pool, barbecue grills, and a picnic area. Public areas are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access. This Laguna Beach motel also offers coffee/tea in a common area and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Complimentary self parking is available on site.

The Tides Laguna Beach is a smoke-free property.

  • Front desk (limited hours) 
  • Barbecue grill(s) 
  • Picnic area 
  • Year Built 1949 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Total number of rooms - 21 
  • Free self parking 
  • Number of floors - 2 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free local calls 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Iron/ironing board (on request) 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Individually decorated 

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the motel include an outdoor pool.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time ends at 8 PM

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 8 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 8 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.


  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 25.00 per pet, per night
  • 2 per room
  • Specific rooms only
  • Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation

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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Pet fee: USD 25.00 per pet, per night
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Laguna Beach Tides
  • Tides Laguna Beach
  • Tides Motel Laguna Beach
  • Tides Laguna Beach Motel

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This property allows pets in specific rooms only (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can request one of these rooms by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

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