Laguna Beach is an intimate seaside town built around an ocean cove and surrounded by hills. The town’s northern waterfront is a spectacular stretch of cliffs with wheelchair-accessible parks and vistas. Central Laguna Beach––a charming and walkable downtown famous for its art galleries––lies just across the street from Main Beach. It’s easy to wander about contentedly for an entire afternoon, as the terrain is generally flat, many restaurants and shops have accessible front entrances, and the curb cuts are good. Sidewalks along Pacific Coast Highway, in contrast, are narrow and impassable in places. The town is known as an artists colony, and several art festivals are held here midsummer.
Main Beach is a crescent-shaped cove beach with a boardwalk parallel to the shore a few hundred yards from the surf. Lawns, picnic areas, benches, and basketball courts—all accessible from the boardwalk—allow you to enjoy the beach without hassling with sand. The children’s playground at the southern end of the beach has a play structure with a wheelchair-accessible surface. South Laguna has another stretch of cliffs, with good beach access at Aliso Beach.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Available on a first-come, first-served basis; pick up at Dept. of Marine Safety, 175 N. Coast Hwy: (949) 494-6571.
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