Clear waters, caves, rock climbing, natural pools…1000 Steps Beach has it all! After hearing so many of my friends gush about Laguna’s most famous beaches, I had to check it out for myself. I had seen pictures of the beautiful pools all across Instagram and yet they still seemed unreal. The stairs were totally worth it and I can now say this beach is definitely my favorite.
I decided to go on a Sunday with my friend Tiffani. We were able to find parking pretty quick, and all street parking is free too! (yay!) Luckily there isn’t really 1,000 steps; there’s actually only 250. And they were a heck of a lot steeper/small than I thought they would be. As soon as we got to the stairs, we were met with groups of people in yoga pants and nikes climbing up and down the narrow staircase. The beach was beautiful and the sand was so soft. We headed down the beach all the way to the left where the cave was and set up camp on the side of some smooth rocks that were out of the waves’ reach.
To actually get to the pools at the “private beach”, the tide has to be low enough so you can climb over the rocks. I highly recommend checking the tide report before you go if you want to get to the pools! Flip flops are also extremely helpful because the climb will tear your feet up if you go barefoot! Ouch!
When the tide went finally went down enough, we started our climb over the rocks. Tide pools were everywhere and there were so many crabs in between the rocks! Once we finally got to the secluded rocks, we noticed how crowded the pools were so we decided to tan on the beach for a while to wait for the groups to leave.
We finally made our way over to the pools and it was the most awesome, crazy, beautiful thing ever! The first pool was a giant rectangle and actually looked like a real pool since it was out of reach of the waves. The second pool was on the edge of a cliff almost. Since the waves were particularly big that day, they would crash against the rocks and create a huge spray over the end of the pool.
I decided I absolutely had to jump in since nobody else was (and for the sake of an artsy Instagram picture hehe). The water was freezing, but it was TOTALLY WORTH IT! There were even steps into the pool and you could walk around the edge and watch the waves crash.
We even met some people from Huntington that were swimming the pools with us. Shows what a small world it is! Once it was time to head home, we made the climb back over all of the rocks and through the cave again. We finally got to the part I had been dreading: the stairs! After hearing people who were working out saying things like “Alright, this is our fourth and final time up these steps” I figured I would be totally fine. Hey if they can do it four times, I can do it once right? So, so wrong. We stopped twice on the way up the 250 stairs and finally made it to the top! It wasn’t until the next day that my calves started burning. Yowzaaaa.
I am absolutely coming back to this amazing beach! Even though summer is around the corner, I’ll be going back on a weekday just to hopefully skip the crowds that were there when we went. So make sure you pick a good day, watch the tides, bring flip flops and explore everything!
We took a ton of pictures when we went, so I’ve posted my favorites below. Enjoy!! 🙂