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I was telling a friend of mine just last week that every time I discover a new beach in Laguna, I feel like Magellan. This particular beach has instantly become one of my favorites, not only for it's rocky coastline and cliff top mansions that surround it, but the fact that the entrance is almost invisible from PCH. When trying to describe it to my kids, I likened it to the Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter in that you could look right at the spot where the entrance should be and see nothing but some bushes and a lamp post, especially if you are in a car looking for the next access point to the beach after Aliso.
The steps themselves, (only 230 but Lord it feels like 1000 on the way back up) are very old and cracked and a tiny bit treacherous and completely buried by trees. I've only been down there twice, but both of these times I have found the beach to be almost deserted. I'm assuming it fills up with locals on warm afternoons, especially during the Summer, but most of those folks, if they were there earlier, were gone by late afternoon. My explorations in recent weeks have led me to Victoria, Treasure Island, The Montage, Camel Point, Table Rock, Totuava, West and now 1000 Steps, as well as Monarch, Salt Creek, and The Strand down near Dana Point. There are still dozens of spots left to explore, and I'm hoping to make quite a few trips down this Summer. I'm already looking forward to my next trip. :)
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