Laguna Beach-Crescent Bay

Laguna Beach, California

Crescent Bay is a large cove about 1/4 mile in length. It is located in the north end of Laguna where Cliff Drive intercepts North Pacific Coast Highway. The beach is a sandy stretch with rocky areas at the north and south ends. Off the north point there is a large rock about 120 yards off shore called Seal Rock because of the seals and sea lions that take refuge there. Swimmers and kayakers are not allowed on the rock and should stay away from any marine mammals. Popular activities are skim boarding, skin and scuba diving, body surfing, body boarding, tide pooling, and numerous other beach games. The surf at Crescent Bay is a strong shorebreak that can get as large as 12-15 feet. There are also numerous rip currents that can be present depending on the conditions. Because of these factors, this can be a dangerous place to enter the water. As with any beach, ones ocean experience level and the conditions should dictate whether or not an individual should enter the water. Access to the beach can found at the intersection of Cliff Drive and Circle Way with steps and a path leading down to the beach. Dropping off gear at the top before looking for street parking is recommended. Be mindful of neighbors as the access path is between private residences.

There is free parking for Crescent Bay along Cliff Dr. This is a residential neighborhood, so make sure to not block anyone’s driveway. The South entrance ramp to the beach is located off of Cliff Dr.

Reminders: There is a 3-day rain advisory after each rain storm, use caution as bacteria levels can increase during this period. The County Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions. As an extra precaution remain 500 ft away on either side from any outfalls.

WATER QUALITY
  • Failed to meet water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 17th, 2018. Orange County Coastkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
16°C
Clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Laguna Beach-Crescent Bay is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Swim Guide updates for Orange County are maintained by Orange County Coastkeeper based on information about water quality provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency, through the Ocean Water Protection Program at www.ocbeachinfo.com

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Laguna Beach-Crescent Bay

Laguna Beach, California

WATER QUALITY
  • Failed to meet water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 17th, 2018. Orange County Coastkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
16°C
Clear

Crescent Bay is a large cove about 1/4 mile in length. It is located in the north end of Laguna where Cliff Drive intercepts North Pacific Coast Highway. The beach is a sandy stretch with rocky areas at the north and south ends. Off the north point there is a large rock about 120 yards off shore called Seal Rock because of the seals and sea lions that take refuge there. Swimmers and kayakers are not allowed on the rock and should stay away from any marine mammals. Popular activities are skim boarding, skin and scuba diving, body surfing, body boarding, tide pooling, and numerous other beach games. The surf at Crescent Bay is a strong shorebreak that can get as large as 12-15 feet. There are also numerous rip currents that can be present depending on the conditions. Because of these factors, this can be a dangerous place to enter the water. As with any beach, ones ocean experience level and the conditions should dictate whether or not an individual should enter the water. Access to the beach can found at the intersection of Cliff Drive and Circle Way with steps and a path leading down to the beach. Dropping off gear at the top before looking for street parking is recommended. Be mindful of neighbors as the access path is between private residences.

There is free parking for Crescent Bay along Cliff Dr. This is a residential neighborhood, so make sure to not block anyone’s driveway. The South entrance ramp to the beach is located off of Cliff Dr.

Reminders: There is a 3-day rain advisory after each rain storm, use caution as bacteria levels can increase during this period. The County Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions. As an extra precaution remain 500 ft away on either side from any outfalls.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Laguna Beach-Crescent Bay is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Swim Guide updates for Orange County are maintained by Orange County Coastkeeper based on information about water quality provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency, through the Ocean Water Protection Program at www.ocbeachinfo.com

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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