The Laguna Beaches near The Hills Hotel
Salt Creek Beach
Salt Creek Beach is a popular surfing beach, just a 20 minute drive from the resort. A small, offshore reef creates some of the best-left swells along the entire shoreline. Guests can enjoy swimming, body boarding, or just relaxing in the sun.
Main Beach, the largest stretch of beach in Laguna, is located in the heart of Laguna Beach. The beach is known for its white lifeguard tower located in the middle of the beach. This beach is mostly sand bottom with shorebreak type surf, making it popular for swimming, body boarding and surfing. Surfing is not permitted during the summer months because the surf can be dangerous with strong rip currents and heavy shore break waves. The beach offers basketball ,volleyball and a variety of sand activities. There is also a boardwalk runs the length of the beach.
Doheny State Beach
Doheny State Beach is an excellent location for barbecues and family gatherings. Its offers beautiful grassy lawns, tables and grills, as well as volleyball courts and a pristine sandy beach. Doheny offers more than a mile of beach with some of the warmest water and best swimming and surfing in Southern California. A rocky area at the beach's western end is perfect for divers and anglers and during low tide, the tide pools are available for exploring.
San Onofre Beach
San Onofre Beach has several surf breaks on its more than three miles of coast, ranging from the beginner’s gentle breaking waves to one of the premiere surf breaks, Trestles.
- Trestles surfing area is known for its consistent waves.
- Surf Beach is divided into three breaks spots known as The Point, Old Man’s and Dog patch (named from north to south). All perform best on a south aswell, though the beach takes any surf and slows it down to a very slow pace.
- Trails is the most southern of surf spots at San Onofre and includes both rock bottom and sandy breaks.
Aliso Beach offers an area for swimming, surfing and stand up paddle boarding. You can also enjoy fishing or exploring the tidepools. A concession stand offers rentals for fishing, food and beverages and other beach supplies. 31131 South Pacific Coast Highway.
1000 Steps Beach
1000 Steps Beach is located between 9th and 10th streets in South Laguna. The beach features sand volleyball courts and is a great location for body surfing.
San Clemente Pier/Trestles Uppers & Lowers
San Clemente (pictured below) is also the surfing media capital of the world as well as a premier surfing destination. It is home to Surfing Magazine, The Surfer's Journal, and Longboard Magazine, with Surfer Magazine just up the freeway in San Juan Capistrano.
Ole Hanson (original founder) envisioned it as a Spanish-style coastal resort town, a "Spanish Village by the Sea." In an unprecedented move, he had a clause added to the deeds requiring all building plans to be submitted to an architectural review board in an effort to ensure that future development would retain some Spanish-style influence (for example, for many years it was required that all new buildings in the downtown area have red tile roofs).
San Clemente is the setting of the MTV reality show, Life of Ryan. It was also the setting of the 2005 film “Brick.” San Clemente catches swells all year long. Going from South to North, they include Trestles (technically just south of the city line), North Gate (heavily localized), State Park, Lasuens, Riviera, The Hole, Beach House, T-Street, The Pier, Linda Lane, 204, North Beach, and Poche.
The city has a large concentration of surfboard shapers and manufacturers including Lost Surfboards, Stewart Surfboards and Cole Surfboards. Additionally, many world renowned surfers were raised in San Clemente or took up long-term residence in town, including Shane Beschen, Mike Parsons
This Laguna Hills hotel is centrally located to many Southern California and Laguna beaches. Whether you are vacationing with your family or on a romantic getaway, stay at The Hills Hotel. We are conveniently located to many activities such as beaches, dining, shopping, art galleries, golfing, parks and more.