Shaw’s Cove | Laguna Beach

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By Carisa Carlton

Shaw’s Cove is like travelling through Alice in Wonderland on LSD. Watching the sunset while swimming around the reefs made me feel like I have a secret connection with God. Shaw’s Cove is that good.

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The striking orange starfish on the tide pools between Crescent Bay and Shaw’s Cove are huge. Kelp some 50-60 feet tall sway in the water with the movement of the earth. Surrounded by sunlight shining through hundreds of kelp leaves – an underwater forest – iridescent orange Garibaldi flip their tails like only a fish can between the purple urchin covered reef and the kelp jungle.

The point between Shaw’s Cove and Diver’s Cove is a bit less eye-popping, but the swim between coves is fun as the water’s vibe changes – someone please explain to me what this is all about.

Shaw’s Cove, Diver’s Cove, and Fisherman’s cove all seem connected, but they are truly separate, each with its own characteristics both on land and under water.

Getting to Shaw’s Cove Laguna Beach

On Pacific Coast Highway, north of Boat Canyon Road and south of Crescent Bay Drive, turn west onto Fairview Street. You’ll see the entrance at the end of the street. Parking is not metered, but you’ll have a hard time finding parking in the summer months.  Best time to go is September and October.

Shaws Cove Laguna BeachYou can enter Shaw’s Cove from the street, or you can swim around the reef or hike over tide pools from Crescent Bay to the north, or you can swim around the reef or hike over tide pools into Shaw’s Cove from Diver’s Cove to the south. Either way, you are promised a memorable experience.

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Author: Carisa Carlton

Carisa Carlton is the Editor in Chief of Laguna Beach Gazette. Learn more about Carlton at .

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