Where To Visit

What Is Tidepooling?

Tidepooling is the exploration of tidepools and learning about the animals and plants that live there.

Where to Tidepool?

Tidepools are technically pools of water left behind in the rocks when the water recedes during low tide. However, tidepools typically refer to the entire rocky area in the intertidal zone which are submerged during high tide and exposed during low tide. Tidepools are home to many species of animals, seaweeds, and plants. The organisms that live in this habitat are very resilient because of the stress they have to go through on a daily basis due to tidal change and the threat of desiccation (drying out), but humans can cause irreversible harm if we are not careful where we step and how we act in the area. 

Laguna Ocean Foundation staffs 6 coves in Laguna Beach: 

Crescent Bay

Crescent Bay

Parking Lot

No

Street / Metered

Bus Stop

Yes

N. Coast Hwy.  Route 1-99

Trolley Stop

Yes

Route 1 and 6

Bathroom

Yes

Cliff Dr. End of Ramp

Shower

Yes

Outdoor

Lifeguard

Yes

Seasonal

Tidepools

Yes

North and South

Access Points

Two

Circle Dr. (steps) and Cliff Dr. (ramp)

Shaw's Cove

Shaws Cove

Parking Lot

No

Street / Metered

Bus Stop

Yes

N. Coast Hwy. Route 1-99

Trolley Stop

Yes

Route 1 and 6

Bathroom

No

Crescent Bay

Shower

No

Crescent Bay

Lifeguard

Seasonal

Summer Only

Tidepools

Yes

North and South

Access Points

One

Fairview St. & Cliff Dr. (stairs)

Heisler Park

Rockpiles

Parking Lot

No

Metered

Bus Stop

Yes

N. Coast Hwy.  Route 1-99

Trolley Stop

Yes

Route 1 and 6

Bathroom

Yes

Marine Safety Headquarters

Shower

Yes

Outdoor on Stairs

Lifeguard

Yes

Tidepools

Yes

Access Points

Many

Las Brisas Stairs or Main Beach

Woods Cove

Woods Cove

Parking Lot

No

Street

Bus Stop

Yes

S. Coast Hwy.  Route 1-99

Trolley Stop

Yes

Route 2, 6, and 7

Bathroom

No

Shower

No

Lifeguard

No

Tidepools

Yes

To the right from Diamond St.; to the left from Pearl St.

Access Point

Two

Diamond St. or Pearl St.

Goff Island

Goff Island

Parking Lot

Yes

Metered

Bus Stop

Yes

S. Coast Hwy.  Route 1-99

Trolley Stop

Yes

Routes 2, 6, and 7

Bathroom

No

Parking Lot

Shower

Yes

Top of Stairs / Ramp

Lifeguard

Seasonal

Summer Only

Tidepools

Yes

Below Montage Park

Access Point

Two

Montage Park (stairs or ramp)

Treasure Island

Goff Island

Parking Lot

Yes

Metered

Bus Stop

Yes

Coast Hwy. Route 1-99

Trolley Stop

Yes

Routes 2, 6, and 7

Bathroom

No

Parking Lot

Shower

Yes

Top of Stairs / Ramp

Lifeguard

Seasonal

Summer Only

Tidepools

Yes

Below Montage Park

Access Point

Two

Montage Park (stairs or ramp)