STORY BY: SETH PATERSON
900 Ocean Avenue, Seal Beach
Seal Beach is most likely the closest beach destination for CSULB students and is popular for more reasons than that! running straight away from the beach itself if Main St., flooded with shops and restaurants for blocks. The pier and beach are incredible places to watch the sunset, or sunrise if you are an early bird! Be careful in the water though, there are a high number of stingray-related injuries, so just be mindful of where you go in the water! A family-friendly environment nonetheless.
Rosie’s Dog Beach
5000 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach (between Roycroft and Granada)
If you’re looking for a beach that’s both human and pooch-friendly, then Rosie’s Dog Beach is a go-to. It remains the only legal off-leash dog beach in Los Angeles County, making it a popular spot for locals. Parking is relatively easy to find as long as it’s not a busy weekend. Don’t forget your bags so you can clean up after your pup!
Table Rock Beach
Table Rock Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
A perfect spot to sunbathe and take Instagram-worthy photos, Table Rock Beach is a beautiful and secluded location that won’t disappoint. While the stairs you have to walk up and down may seem a little intimidating, the views of the clear blue ocean and the tall cliffs behind you are well worth it. Parking can be a bit difficult to find, but there are plenty of neighborhoods around to do so. If you want to explore even more, you can find another secret beach at the south end of Table Rock and many tidal pools throughout.
Bolsa Chica Beach
Bolsa Chica State Beach is a “can’t miss” while driving down the Pacific Coast Highway. It is one of the few beaches that has first come first serve open fire pits. If you want to grab a bite to eat, there are also several restaurants located on the beach itself. If you are a beginner surfer or favor long-boarding Bolsa is a good spot to check out. This beach does require you to pay a small fee to park unless you can find parking in the free, but limited parking lot next to the beach.