Aliso Beach


Aliso Beach is one of those hidden jewels that most van and RV nomads neglect to visit. The beach is beautiful with tidepools and amazing scenery. The waves here are shore break so there no surfing but you can still go for a nice swim. There is a small parking lot that can fill up quickly so get there early. The beach has restrooms, outdoor showers, and a cafe. 


Aliso Beach is one of my favorite beaches to visit in Southern California. It’s situated in a cove that offers amazing scenery and everything you need to spend the day to include restrooms, a cafe, an outdoor shower, and a playground.

Aliso is never crowded on the weekdays so it is easy to find a spot on the sand for yourself. Just sunbathe and relax and enjoy the beauty it has to offer.


There are tide pools located near the beach that offers you a great opportunity to explore and see the wildlife. Just make sure you watch out for the waves crashing on the rocks. They can be powerful. 


The waves here are shore break so there no surfing. However, Aliso is a big skimboarding beach so if you ever wanted to give this a try, Aliso is the place.  


Aliso is a perfect place to go paddleboarding. If the shore break isn’t too big, you can easily get out past the waves and enjoy a paddle.


There is a small parking lot that will fill up on the weekends so get there early. Not suitable for large vans or RVs.  

  • $1 Hour
  • Open 6 am to 10 pm
  • Additional parking available via the pedestrian tunnel on the east side of Pacific Coast Highway.
  • Dogs: June 15 to Sept. 10 dogs are not permitted on the beach between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dogs must be on leash at all times.

It’s a privilege to have Aliso Beach for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.


  • 31131 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92652

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