Diver's Cove - Laguna Beach

Features - Getting There - Parking - Conditions


This guide written by: Dustin Meyer

Diver's Cove is a medium sized semi-secluded beach in Laguna Beach, CA. It's right on the north side of Heisler Park. There are some small cliffs, a road and sidewalk ovelooking the beach, part of Heisler Park is directly above as well. It's very close to downtown Laguna Beach, and is a popular beach for snorkeling, general beach activities and for beginning Scuba.

As with most of the beaches along Laguna Beach this beach is a protected beach, so you'll have to abide by the rules posted at the entry sites.

Parking: No Parking Lot, Free and Metered Street Parking Available
Entry: One Public Entry - South Entry Stairs *Entry can be hard to find, its right by Diver's Cove*
Facilities: None, although Heisler Park is within walking distance
Lifeguard: There is sometimes one lifeguard on Duty


The whole length of the beach has really good snorkling that extends out quite far from shore. This is a great beach for beginners as well because there is plant and sea life just about 10 feet from shore. It doesn't get too deep too fast if you are intimidated by that either.

There is usually a little bit of a shelf right as the waves crash. Like maybe 2 - 3 feet, so be aware of that, there will be a drop-off as soon as you get into the water. There are also a lot of abalone shells that can be a little annoying to step on or have pushed into you by the waves, but they are only right where the waves crash.

You'll see Garibaldi, big Sea Stars further out, Sea Urchins, Rockfish, Sandbass, Perch and Eelgrass. I have seen a few rays and small leopard sharks octopus and lobster here as well.

Getting There

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As with many of the smaller beaches in Laguna Beach, parking can be a bit of a hassle. There is no lot, but there is metered parking directly along the streets closest to this beach. Your best bet is to get there early and/or hope to find a metered spot open. There is a change machine at Heisler Park, and the meters do now accept credit cards as well!


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Disclaimer: You shall assume all risks associated with snorkeling at any of the locations listed on this website. The articles and forecasts that appear on this site are intended to be for informational purposes only. It is up to you and/or the lifeguards present at the snorkeling locations to make the ultimate decisions regarding your safety. Follow all posted rules at any site that you visit.