1000 Steps Beach Day // Laguna: Part 4

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It’s been way too long since I’ve done a Thousand Steps post, mostly due to weather conditions created by El Nino. With so many big swells and high tides, it’s been extremely tough to find a time to be able to get over to the pools when it wasn’t the middle of the night. But two weeks ago, the ocean gods aligned and gave us a whole four hours of play time at the pools!

Some baby barrels breaking on the shore.

Some baby barrels breaking on the shore.

My friend Tessa and I were lucky enough to find some free time during the week so the beach was particularly empty. We trekked over the rocks and over to our secret spot to discover we were the only people at both pools. The 70 degree water wasn’t too bad either 🙂

Playing mermaid with my beautiful friends.

Playing mermaid with my beautiful friends.

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1000 Steps Beach Day // Laguna: Part 3

1000 Steps Beach Day // Laguna is still our most searched and viewed post! And as much as you guys love reading about it, I love going there! We’ve already done Part 2 so why not go for 3? After all, the third time’s a charm!

The tides have been pretty funky lately, especially with the huge swells that hit Southern California a couple weeks back. With high tides and my busy school & intern schedule, it was really hard to find time to make it back to the pools. But the beach gods were on my side last weekend! The tides were finally below 1 ft and the weather was a sunny 80 degrees! I was lucky enough to take my friend who has never been either so I was excited to show her how amazing the private beach was.

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We didn’t head down to Laguna until about 2 pm since low tide was at 4 pm. And with this damn time change, it gets dark around 4:30 anyways. It does take about 15 minutes to climb over to the pools from the main beach, but we were amazed at how empty the pools were once we got there. It was a Saturday after all! The water was a little chilly, but do-able so we swam around in the water a bit and played mermaids 🙂

The sunset was SPECTACULAR! Watching the sun go down over the ocean while sitting on the edge of a beautiful rock pool made all of my problems suddenly go away. And once the sun set, the darkness came quickly. We had to use the flashlights on our phones to get back through the cave because it was pitch black! I always advise people who go to the pools to time your climb there and back very carefully – the tides and the darkness are your two biggest enemies.

Overall, it was the best beach day I’ve had in a really long time 😀 Now that summer is over and the weather is cooling off, it’s a great time to make your way down to the pools if you haven’t been yet. Or you can just check out the pictures below 😉

Have a happy and yummy Thanksgiving friends!