The secret rock pools near Thousands Steps Beach collect saltwater during high tide and stay warm under the hot sun. This rock outcropping that rises and stretches behind a cave at the south end of the beach has been well known by Laguna Beach residents for years. While the cave alone is appealing to visitors, these man-made pools with sand bottoms carved in rock just north of Lighthouse Cove are even more tempting. ⚠ The way to the pools is treacherous because the rocks are jagged, slippery and moss-covered. Locals will even avoid an area where deaths have occurred called the “blow-hole,” which separates the small pool from the two larger ones. Lifeguards make several rescues there each year. 🚫 The high-tide area above the swimming pools, and the pools themselves, are private property and marked with no-trespassing signs. OC Lifeguards are overwhelmed by the flocks of visitors, and have posted a sign near the cave entrance this summer to warn anyone going to the pools of the dangers and criminal consequence involved. 📍 Beachgoers can park on Coast Hwy or in the neighborhoods above on 8th, 9th, and 10th Avenues. Follow 9th Ave towards the beach to find the string of 200+ steps leading down. Once on the beach go to your left (south) until you come across the sea cave. Head through the cave, which is easiest during low tide, and continue along the sea-side rocks. After ~1/4 mile, you'll get to the highest point of the hike where the pools are visible. At this point getting down to the base of the pools will require some rock climbing. 🌟 If you're adamant about finding the secret pools I highly recommend researching the area thoroughly, and being aware of tidal changes as well as current ocean swells.