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Salt Creek Beach

Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629
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Best surf spot in Orange County

This by far is one of the best surf spots in Southern California and the best one in Orange County... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ryantravelor
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dana point, ca
Loved it!

This was a great place to sit and watch or walk. The surfing was crazy with the high surf. The... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
d s
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Port Moody, Canada
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Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629
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"the ritz carlton"
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"basketball court"
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"great waves"
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"grassy park"
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"nice sand"
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"steep walk"
in 4 reviews
"paid parking"
in 5 reviews
"food shack"
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"excellent surf"
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"boogie boarding"
in 8 reviews
"lot of seaweed"
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"per hour"
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"snack shack"
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"multi million dollar homes"
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"paved path"
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"orange county"
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"body surfing"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This by far is one of the best surf spots in Southern California and the best one in Orange County. There is plenty of paid parking, public bathrooms, a park and a lifeguard on duty during the summer.

Thank ryantravelor
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great place to sit and watch or walk. The surfing was crazy with the high surf. The sounds of the waves is amazing! Favourite sound ever. Didn’t see any whales off shore but lots of pelicans cans!

Thank d s
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

This is nice beach to walk and watch surfers atempt their sport while you're walking. The beach is not as long as some of the others but beacuse you have to walk to reach to beach in certain areas it is less crowded, which was...More

Thank Scott M
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

Not my favorite beach in OC, but nice to come when the waves are good. Great place to watch the surfers. World class surfing spot, so always entertaining.

Thank Janice P
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

The perfect place to bring our family. We enjoyed a few mornings and afternoons here. Quiet in the winter. Gorgeous and formidable waves.

Thank michiganonthego
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

A clean and a calm beach with not many people (in December). The view is awesome. It can be a windy and chilly so make sure that you have warm clothes to spend time on the beach. The sunset is beautiful as the sun goes...More

Thank Amit K
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

Nice beach to sit back relax or surf. The waves at this beach are well big enough to surf or body boarding. Nice walk path which is parallel with the ocean and convenient parking which is atop the hill.

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

For us, every and any trip we take to Laguna Beach always includes us taking the "Catch the Wave" free PCH bus service to this wonderful park. From here, we take the long and pleasant walk on the paths along the golf course. The open...More

Thank on_the_go_98765
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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful Beach for surfing and bodyboarding, also just to take a swim, ir has some barbecues and a little park with some benches in the grass

Thank Alejandro N
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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Worth the hike, you might want to consider the $1 ride uphill though. Nicely kept, all ages, great surfing 🏄

Thank dillmonish d
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Hannes R
9 September 2017|
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Response from Josh K | Reviewed this property |
Right now the water is about 68 degrees which is almost as warm as it will get.
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Merlot2006
5 July 2017|
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Response from CharlieinTexas | Reviewed this property |
Hi. When we were at the beach, there was a dad playing with his toddler son that my wife found entertaining and took several photos of him. So, yes to your question. Fairly large beach in terms of length, not overly deep... More
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FRANCISCO F
11 July 2016|
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Response from Piter92604 | Reviewed this property |
There is a pay to park parking lot at the top of the hill by the beach and a steep walk down. Or you can pay $1 each to take a golf cart shuttle ride down to the beach with your chairs and umbrella.
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