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BEST BEACH FOR: Skimboarding, cooking, and schlepping a boatload of gear onto the sand (as long as you score a spot in the lot).
Aliso Beach Park is perhaps the most widely renowned of all of Laguna’s beaches. It’s the only one with metered on-site parking, which makes getting to the sand a breeze. More notably, it’s the lone beach in the city with fire pits. If your ideal beach day includes hot dogs cooked over the coals, s’mores, and stories told ‘round a dancing flame, this is your natural pick. But the real reason “Aliso Creek,” as it’s most commonly called, is famous is that it plays host to The Vic – the annual world championship of skimboarding.
On any given day, year-round, you can see the world’s best skimmers practicing on the heavy shore break. Listen as a lineup of riders slap their boards to cheer on superstars of the sport, like locals Blair Conklin and Amber Torrealba. Watch as these Vic-winning pros literally skim their boards across the shoreline, leap onto them at a full sprint, and glide up the face of a crashing wave before snapping a tight turn and tucking into the barrel. It’s remarkable to witness.
Though Aliso Beach Park is known worldwide for skimboarding, it only works for surfing during the rare northern swell. Because waves usually break right on-shore, larger days can be intimidating for inexperienced swimmers. It’s also wise to stay out of the creek itself, on the recommendation of the county lifeguards.
World-class skim boarding and those hotly contested fire pits. Be ready, families will often camp out at 6am for the chance to cook later in the day as the fire pits are first come, first served.
Skimboarding, cooking, and schlepping a boatload of gear onto the sand (as long as you score a spot in the lot).