Laguna Beach is packed with sunbathers in board shorts and bikinis every year. Since locals seem to think it’s cold every time the weather dips below 75 degrees (silly, we know), you could get this beautiful hidden California ocean pool all to yourself. It's definitely mermaid approved!

You'll find the ocean pools about an hour south of LA in the city of Laguna Beach. When conditions are right, you can swim in this circular pool overlooking the ocean. When the waves roll in, you’ll see even see small fish swimming in the pool with you! 

Laguna Beach is pretty large. Istretches 36 miles long and has plenty of smaller beaches in it. Laguna is actually the name of the city, not the beach itself (confusing, we know). You’ll actually find this vibrant turquoise ocean pool at Victoria Beach.

There's also plenty of tide pools to explore. To find them, you will have to go further and climb across some rocky terrain. Be careful and watch your step. You’ll find plenty of sea anemones, small fish, crabs, starfish, and sea snails that call this tidepool home! 

Victoria Beach also has an awesome sixty-foot tall lighthouse where you can take tons of cool pics. It looks like something out of an old pirate movie!

According to California Beaches, this cool structure was built in 1926 and used by the locals to get down from their cliffside house to the sand below. Since the tower is privately owned, you can’t go in it or climb on it but you can still take plenty of cool photos.

While Victoria Beach is hard to find, it’s definitely worth the search. This beach wouldn’t be a gem if it wasn’t hidden! You can park your car along Pacific Coast Highway and walk down Blue Lagoon Street to find paradise. Now, it’s time to go on your adventure and find the beach lighthouse and tide pool.

Laguna Beach (City): Victoria Beach 

Location: Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Directions: To get to Victoria Beach coming from the north, take Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) south from the Main Beach. Then, turn right on Victoria Drive right after you pass Rockledge Rd and Terrace. You will continue onto Victoria where the street intersects with Sunset Terrace. There will be a large staircase leading you down to the beach. The ocean pool and lighthouse are located on the right-hand side of the beach.

Why You Should Go: At the right time of the year, you can swim in a natural saltwater pool overlooking the ocean and explore an old lighthouse on the beach from the 1920s.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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