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Beach : Aliso County Beach
City :
South Laguna Beach

Location :

31190 Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach

Aliso Beach
31131 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92652
(949)923-2280

Open: Daily 6:00a.m. - 10:00p.m.

Parking :

All vehicle parking by meters - $1.00 per hour year around. An annual County day use parking pass, valid at most County Beaches, is available. Please call for more information.

Description :

Swimming, surfing, skin diving and paddle boarding all take place in the waters off Aliso. Fishing is also a popular pastime.

Aliso Beach Park features sandy beaches, rocky promontories, and scenic coastal foothills. These geological features combine to form one of the most recreationally appealing areas along the entire California coast. The park consists of two sections, the beach itself and an inland area surrounded by native coastal chaparral. Aliso Creek winds its way down from the Laguna foothills and empties into the sea. A marine life refuge borders to the north and south, rocky outcroppings clearly mark the park boundary. These features plus the congenial Southern California climate make Aliso Beach Park an ideal place to visit.

Activities :

Southern California is known for its water sports and Aliso is no exception. Swimming, surfing, skin diving and paddle boarding all take place in the waters off Aliso. Fishing is also a popular pastime. Sunbathing, tidepool exploration (look but don't touch) and sand castle building are also beach related activities. A tot lot is provided for children.

A concession building offers fishing gear rental and sales, food and beverages, and beach supplies.

Food/Dining:

A concession stand (hot dogs, hamburgers, sodas, etc.) opens daily adjacent to the beach.

Facilities:

Beach Access, Bike Rental, Family Picnic Area, Fishing, Food Concession, Food Supplies, Playground/Tot Lot, Restrooms, Scenic Overlook, Showers, Surfing, Swimming, Tables, Volleyball Courts

History :

The Aliso Beach Park has played an interesting role in the historical development of Orange County. Aliso Creek, its surrounding salt marshes, and the overlooking coastal mountains were all once formidable barriers to travel. This area acted as a boundary between the two major Indian tribes. To the south the Juaneno's made their home while to the north the Gabrieleno tribes were found.

Transportation across this area was made easier when a Mr. Thurston, one of Laguna's early pioneers, created the Aliso Canyon Wagon Trail and the Old Coast Wagon Trail. Along these roads came many camping enthusiasts from inland Orange and Riverside Counties. Aliso Beach became a popular stopping place. It remained a private campground from 1900 to the late 1940's. At this time the land was purchased by a private group and turned into a weekend trailer park. The beaches north and south of the trailer park were County owned, but encircling private
property prevented legal access. Beach goers were forced to cross under the highway along a control channel and trespass on private property to reach public beach. In the 1960's, the county acquired the trailer park as well as County inland property bordering Aliso Creek. Parking facilities, restrooms and lifeguard services were soon installed. In the early 1970's a unique, diamond shaped 600 foot fishing pier was constructed at a cost of $670,000. The Pier was removed due to storm damage in 1998.

Camel Point beach (south of Aliso) is a public beach maintained by the County of Orange. Public beach access to other County maintained beaches are West St. access, Thousand Steps, Table Rock & Laguna Royale.

Links:

Orange County Marine Refuge Project