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Treasure Island

Photo by Kelsey Reinhardt

Photo by Kelsey Reinhardt

A few weeks ago, my friends and I wanted to spend a day at the beach. We were tired of the same Huntington Beach/Newport Beach routine and wanted to find a unique spot we hadn’t been to before. Some online research led us to discover Treasure Island Beach, Laguna Beach. It seemed beautiful and secluded, so we decided to check it out.

Montage Laguna Beach Hotel:

Unfortunately, when we got the beach we realized it was part of the beachfront property for  Montage Laguna Beach Hotel guests. There were a lot of people at the main part of the beach; mostly families with young children and retirees relaxing under the hotel-provided umbrellas.

However, if you walk a little ways down the beach to the left of the people, there are less people and more space for spreading out (without worrying about being interrupted by screaming children). It’s not exactly the remote, undiscovered beach spot we thought it was going to be, but it can feel like it if you put enough distance between you and the families.

My friends and I walked across the street, where we parked the car, and down to the path above the beach. There were some incredible views from up there and the scattered benches along the path provided a great place to sit and enjoy the view. We walked down the stairs to the beach and made our way past the tourists to find a spacious place to lay out our towels.

We tanned for a while and then decided to get in the water for a little, since it was extremely hot out that day. The current was strong where we had put out our towels, so we walked a little bit closer to where the tourists were, and where the waves were less intense. Then we found the tide pools which hosted a vast number of sea creatures and clear water. I saw sea urchins, colorful fish and other aquatic animals that made it seem like we were in the Caribbean. We returned to our towels and played lacrosse on the sand for an hour with a few people who asked us to play. We left the beach feeling the perfect amount of exhaustion and relaxation.

Your key to beach paradise. Graphic by Kelsey Reinhardt

Your key to beach paradise. Graphic by Kelsey Reinhardt

Things To Do:

For such a small beach, there are a surprising amount of things to do.

  • The gorgeous clear blue water is perfect for snorkeling or exploring the tide pools during low tide. There are sometimes even tide pool educators that can assist you in learning more about tide pool ecosystems.
  • The main part of the beach, at the bottom of the stairs, is the best place to swim or body surf. The waves there are less erratic and easier to control your body in. If you wander farther left down the beach, the waves get pretty strong and you easily be tossed around.
  • There is also a park above the beach with a path following the coastline. If you’re not the type to lay out on the sand, you can walk along the sidewalk and take in the beautiful views from the benches that line this well-manicured park.
  • You can also venture into the hotel and have a relaxing day at the spa or treat yourself to a meal at The Loft, the luxury restaurant on the fourth floor of the hotel.

 

Photo by Kelsey Reinhardt

Photo by Kelsey Reinhardt

Restrictions:

  • Since the beach is located so close to the hotel it’s said to get busy during holidays and popular beach going months. However, it’s not a place to miss and I highly recommend going during the off season.
  • Parking can be difficult to find. You can pay for parking in the hotel parking lot, but I would recommend finding parking on the road near the beach.
Photo by Kelsey Reinhardt

Photo by Kelsey Reinhardt

It was a lovely and relaxing time at Treasure Island beach and sort of felt like a tropical vacation – a great getaway from school and Orange. That’s the benefit of living near the beach, we get to drive 30 minutes to a destination that people travel thousands of miles to experience.

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