Aliso Beach Park is a bit of a secret over the Laguna Main Beach Playground. On a this winter evening, there were only a few couples on the beach. It felt like our own private playground. The berm (steep slope of sand) made for some really fun sand-sledding and sliding. San Clemente and Catalina Islands were visible in silhouette to the setting sun. Gorgeous!
- Sunsets, beachfront, ocean view, and big natural sandbox called “the beach”
- Chains holding swings are sealed in red rubber coating to prevent rust and protect hands from pinching
- Seaworthy ship theme great for pretend
- Parking lot can be heavily damaged during high surf – use caution
- Just use common sense when it comes to being near the ocean (no lifeguards in winter) – don’t really recommend kids swimming at this beach
- Fire pole always seems to be an accident magnet for my kids – a few other possible fall points
- Keep an especially close eye on the kids (Pacific Coast Highway behind you, parking lot next to you, ocean in front of you!)
- Restrooms are clear on the other side of the parking lot
- Fee for parking unless you have an Orange County Parks pass
- Parking is in the county fee-based parking lot. During peak season it’s $3.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends. Off-peak, it’s possible to pay $1.00 an hour at self-serve permit machines. If you have an annual pass, just insert your card into the machine and it will spit out a ticket for you.
- Sand and recycled rubber play surface
- 10 unisex individual restrooms are on the opposite side of the parking lot from the play area. Low lighting inside. Two sinks outside.
- Drinking fountains – bring your refillable water bottles.
- No shade, but cool at coast on hot inland days
- Easy to view children from picnic tables
- 5 first-come, first-serve fire pits on the beach – plus 2 more near the bathroom building on the south side of the beach
- Outdoor showers for washing sand
- Link to Heal the Bay Beach Report Card for water quality status
- Double the Adventure blog coverage of Aliso Beach Park
- Found on page 31 of your Nature Scene Investigator (NSI) Guidebook
- Official City of Laguna Beach website for Aliso Beach Park
- Official OCParks.com coverage of Aliso Beach Park
- Nearest public library: Orange County Public Library branches in Laguna Beach and Dana Point
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