Laguna Beach attracts a lot of tourists in the summer, but Thousand Steps Beach has been one of the "locals only" places. Located on 9th street in South Laguna, the beach is surrounded by urban legends. It features a few sand volleyball courts and is suitable for body surfing. But the main attractions of the beach are two human-made pools that collect water during high tide and warm it up during low tide. Watching the sunset at Thousand Steps Beach pool is a priceless experience.
To get to the beach, you have to descend 219 steps (not 1000). Once you get to the beach turn left until you get to a cave. After going through the cave, it's only about 1/4 mile (402 m) until you see the pool. It is better to go when the tide is low in the morning since the trail might get dangerous and a few people have been injured trying to get to the pool.
Thousands Step Beach Pools used to be a secluded spot; however it's getting more and more popular, so it's better to come very early or avoid the high season in the summer and opt for shoulder season during spring and fall.