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A hidden corner Cress St. Beach

Hello there! It is a clear beautiful morning here in my part of SoCal and I am so excited. Today I want to show you a little beach nook near Laguna. Cress Street Beach is a great spot to relax and enjoy the surf. B is a former navy diver so we came here because we heard it is an excellent location for diving. There is an exposed reef close to shore and if you are not a diver, bring your snorkel and a wet suit, like most beaches in Cali, the water is cold.
As far as facilities, there's a bench and the stairs that take you down to the beach and that's it! There are local hotels but mostly house rentals so either you sneek into a hotel (did I say that?) or don't have a big gulp before you get here. The pic above is from the beautiful La casa del camino (built in 1929) which is on the corner of PCH and Cress Street.
One of the reason why this beach is such a jewel is because parking is limited. WAY limited!! There are only a few metered parking spots so get here early and bring your quarters. This means less people and voilá! the beach is all yours. I enjoyed spending the early morning here reading and taking in the ocean air. Once you've run out of quarters or have to "go" (no baños remember!) you can easily head over to a great little spot for lunch or shopping. And if you are on budget cuts, like most of us : KFC baby! It is just down the street, just keeping it real dahlings!
How do you "keep it real" at the beach? :)


Everything Coastal said...

Love you budget beach excursions, those are the best! We are always hunting for spots to have a picnic in the sand. Have a great day!

Completely Coastal + Daily Vitamin Sea said...

Lovely spot! I wish every beautiful beach had a beautiful place to "go"!!

Nicole-Lynn said...

Beautiful scenery! Hope you're doing well girlie! :) Have a great week!

Ms. Givens said...

Wish I was there. So pretty!

I agree with you on people judging so quickly. Too tiresome for me.

Brenda's Arizona said...

Wow, this is lovely! Looks european in some ways... who knew it is in our own 'back yard'! Nice photos, Laura!

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

It's just absolutley lovely, Laura! Looks like the perfect spot for enjoying a good book :O)

Have a beachy day!

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea

anita said...

now THIS suits me perfectly :)

i much prefer the little secluded beach spots over the crowded ones.
and nice to be in the shadow of a historic old hotel.
you wouldnt raise an eyebrow in your cool hat and chunky jewels to use restrooms!

love the cheerful gathering of umbrellas too!

Beach House Living said...

Looks like the perfect place to get away from the standard beach crowds.

simpledaisy said...

What a beautiful beach!!!
Lucky you to live so close:)

Mickey (Michel) Johnson said...

...what a beautiful place...thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Sam said...

Oh my! That top photo of the purple flowers against the blue sea is amazingly gorgeous! It looks like paradise!

Cindy Whitehead said...

Great beach and I love your photos. Glad I live near the beach its a wonderful stress reliever!

Erin Elizabeth said...

What a dreamy beach! I would love to spend a day there!