Green Space to Sea Space

Ocean Panoramas from Heisler Park

Green space meets sea space at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach. Spanning 32 acres, the park meanders with pathways and greenery fanned with palms and a statue of a humpback whale. It’s also one of the best vantages of ocean panoramas. Take it a step further on the southernmost stairs leading to the beach. The sea stack known as Bird Rock is nature’s condo for black-bellied plovers, pelicans, cormorants, and seagulls. Head north and check out the tide pools. These tiny ecosystems teem with life: Hermit crabs, sea anemones, urchins, and kelp keep things lively. Rock hopping gets you to the good stuff, like bright bat stars, violet sea slugs, and—if you’re lucky—the elusive two-spotted octopus. Warning: Don’t touch the sea life! There are a few caves to explore on your way to the northernmost staircase.

SUNSET BONUS: If it’s late afternoon, claim a seat at the gazebo and wait for the sky to melt into a palette of dazzling tangerine, pearly pink, and vibrant purple for one of the best sunset experiences in Southern California. heislerpark2_lrg-image-jpeg Here’s a map to the park. Plenty of metered parking available. The park is dog-friendly, but the beach is not. Check the tide chart before heading out.

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