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Access from PCH is off of Moss Street near Ocean Way. 

There is a stairway at the end of Moss Street where it dead-ends.  The stairs are rather steep, but there is a landing part way down if you need to rest.

  Sometimes it may be more convenient to drop your gear at the top of the stairs with your buddy and then go park.

  The access is relatively easy leading down to a sandy stretch of beach below. Watch for sand on the concrete because it can make the walk a little slippery - Use those Hand-Rails!  

Caution!!  Watch that last step, the sand washes away from the base of the stairs and sometimes that last step is a BIG ONE! (See picture Below Right)

  Please be mindful of the neighbors - Stairway access is between private homes...nobody enjoys a rude awakening on the weekends - See "Diver Etiquette" Below under Parking.

Entry to Moss Street ("A" Below)

Moss Cove is a Marine Sanctuary

Access at Moss Street ("B" Below)

Access at Moss Street ("B" Below)

Watch that Last Step!

Moss Cove Stair Access

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Moss Cove is one of the most best dive sites in Laguna Beach, CA. Located just South of Wood's Cove.

  Moss Cove offers two distinctive dive spots -

  • South-East or to your left from the stairway (Middle Picture at Right) - You'll find Scattered rocks and a series of Parallel reefs rising 20 feet from the sandy bottom.  Several with a sharp drop-offs, all interesting to explore.
  • South or to your right from the stairway (Bottom Picture at Right) - there are several "mini" reefs with lots of promise for exploration.  This area is generally shallower.

  The cove is not as well protected as are some other Dive Spots in the area, so on some days the diving here will be a little more "Advanced" than others.  Caution should be observed when diving on the reef system closest to shore since, even on calm days, the surge can be very sudden and strong. When the weather is good however, this is a great spot to dive!

  Moss Cove is monitored by the Laguna Beach life guards so make sure you have a buddy and a snorkel - they check.

Moss Cove Dive Site

Moss Cove facing South-East

Moss Cove facing South

A-Moss Street at PCH, B-Entrance to Beach Access, C-Stairway at Beach

Picture Courtesy of Kenneth & Gabrielle Adelman 2002-2005 California Coastal Records Project

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Sea life is typical for the area and much of it will be found around and on the rocks.  You're likely to see Senoritas, Lobster (except during Lobster Season), spanish shawls, nudibranchs, Garibaldi, sheepshead, eel grass, bat rays and assorted other goodies. 

This is a preserve, so take only pictures.

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  There are no facilities at Moss Street, but there is a phone just up Ocean Way at Wood's Cove.

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There is street parking, but it is limited.  You can park on Moss Street or on Ocean Way.  Parking is Free in most cases. 

Sometimes it is more convenient to drop your gear at the top of the stairs (at bottom of Moss Street) with your buddy and then go find Parking on One of the Streets.

Either Way, Parking is limited - Especially on nice Weekend Days, so plan on arriving early for the best Parking Opportunities (Before 7:00 am).

Parking along Moss Street

Obey "Diver Etiquette"

Gear Drop-off (Don't park in the Red)

Parking on Ocean Way (Side Street)

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Laguna Beach, California, United States



From 405 Freeway exit Laguna Canyon Road (133) South towards Laguna Beach
Follow Laguna Canyon Road till it ends at Pacific Coast Highway (1)
Turn Left onto PCH and proceed about 2 miles just Past "Diamond Street" to "Moss Street".  There's a "Moss Point" sign on the corner.

Turn Right onto Moss Street and immediately look for Parking.


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Emergency Assistance:

Recompression Chambers:


--911 (Dial First) CATALINA ISLAND --(310) 510-1053


--(919) 684-8111 NORTHRIDGE --(818) 885-8500
LIFEGUARDS --(949) 494-6571 SANTA ANA --(714) 973-8777
FIRE --(949) 497-0700 LOS ROBLES --(805) 497-2727
POLICE --(949) 497-0701



DAN  (Medical Questions)

--(919) 684-2948

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