Diver's Cove

BEST BEACH FOR: Young children and the SCUBA/snorkel set.

True to its name, Diver’s Cove offers the best SCUBA diving beach in Laguna Beach. It’s also ideal for snorkeling, as it’s well protected from most swells. Just offshore, you can see garibaldi, sea stars, purple urchins, lobster, and kelp bass. Occasionally, stingrays and leopard sharks can be spotted gliding across the sea floor. 

Though Diver’s Cove is 300 feet long – from the rocky outcropping that marks its northern end to the row of rocks that separate it from Picnic Beach to the south – it feels a little smaller, and a little cozier than many other downtown beaches. No wonder it’s such a hit with parents of young children. 

The street access to Diver’s Cove, on Cliff Drive, has eight parking spots. There are also parking spots along Heisler Park and in the nearby North Laguna neighborhoods. For those needing wheelchair access, there’s a ramp to the south, at Picnic Beach.


Groups of divers, wading back to shore after exploring the sea floor, all smiles.


Young children and the SCUBA/snorkel set. 



  • Eight metered spots available on Cliff Drive at entrance to Diver's Cove
  • Additional metered parking along Cliff Drive adjacent to Heisler Park


Open year-round from 6 am – 10 pm


  • June 15 – September 10, dogs are allowed BEFORE 9:00am and AFTER 6:00pm 
  • September 11 – June 14, dogs are allowed during regular beach hours
  • Dogs must be on a leash that’s 6’ or shorter, at all times