get to Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach turn right from Broadway onto PCH. When
you get to Fairview St. turn left from Pacific Coast Highway. Turn right
on Cliff Dr and follow the street as it loops around, this is a one way
street! The beach access is half way around the loop right by the Crescent
parking is available at Crescent Bay on a first come first serve basis.
You can only park on the right hand side of this one way street. There are
no parking meters to pay unless you have to park at the top of Fairview
St, the bottom of Fairview does not have meters. On crowded days you may
have to park along Cliff Dr. Please remember that this is a private residential
area. Be very courteous to the neighborhood, quiet and discreet.
access is available at Crescent Bay from two locations. The first is a steep
pathway on the corner of Fairview St and Cliff DR, this takes you strait
to the bathrooms and the west side of the beach. The second location is
a stairway at the Crescent Bay sign. This will take you to the center of
the beach and is better access if you plan on diving on the east side of
facilities at Crescent Bay feature a men's and women's bathroom. On the
West side of the bathroom there is a shower with a high (for your head)
and a low (for your feet, or very small divers) shower head. The picture
shows to the left of the bathroom the steep path entrance to the beach.
At the top of the path there is a pay telephone.
scuba diving at Crescent Bay is on the east side or on the west side. In
the center there's LOTS of sand! On the East side Crescent Bay borders
Shaw's Cove and if you follow the reef around you will find yourself at
Shaws. On the West side of Crescent Bay there is a reef that runs
north and south. The reef abruptly ends and if the diver heads west you
arrive at Seal rock which is visible from the shore. This is the
hangout for the Laguna Beach local Sea Lions. The Scuba Diver is cautioned
to keep at a distance, because it is illegal to harass the Sea Lions. You
can also leave the edge of the reef and head south at a compass heading
of about 200 degrees for about 200 yards to find Dead Man's reef.
This reef is great to dive on because of it's size and shape. Few divers
go to Dead Man's because of the distance. But if you're in shape and the
water is calm it's quite an experience!.