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BEST BEACH FOR: Families who opt for adventure over simply basking on the sand.
Woods Cove may be small and secluded, but that hasn’t kept it from being wildly popular. In fact, with locals making this beach part of their weekend routines, it can sometimes feel downright crowded. Luckily the community vibes are so strong at this hideaway that you always feel welcome.
At the north end of the cozy cove, you’ll find the deep tide pools of Cactus Point – a rock outcropping which is home to Orange County’s only blow hole. Head south and you’ll score a superb snorkeling spot and skimboarding, if there’s a swell on. On a summer day, the water is so blue in the cove that you’ll feel like you’re in the Caribbean.
Woods Cove is accessed via Diamond Street and PCH – right next to the onetime residence of Bette Davis. Parking is usually available in the surrounding area. It’s important to note that this beach is really best explored at low tides and can sometimes disappear altogether when the tide is high.
Snorkeling kids, eyes beaming with excitement over their finds.
Families who opt for adventure over simply basking on the sand.