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BEACH ACCESS - Heisler Park  - "Monument Point"


 Heisler Park (Central) - "Monument Point" is just South of Myrtle Street and North of Jasmine street at Cliff Drive just west of Pacific Coast Highway.  There is plenty of street parking all along Cliff Drive in front of Heisler Park (Which runs about four city blocks). 

  Please be mindful of the neighbors - Side streets have exclusively private residences with people who enjoy sleeping in the the weekends...nobody enjoys a rude awakening!

  The Beach access is a relatively long walk along a paved trail leading to the stairway.  However, the stairway leading to the beach is one heck of a climb (especially after a long dive).  The stairway will lead down to the rocks below and onto a rock beach - the access is tough and slippery - mind your footing. 

This spot is only recommended for more advanced divers and best dove during High Tide!

Myrtle at Cliff  Drive (Access ahead)

Top of Stairs - Beach Access

Heisler park "Monument Point" Entry Sign

Beach Access looking up

Beach Access half way down

Beach Access looking down

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  Heisler Park's "Monument Point" is located at the center of the park.  Plenty of Parking, nice facilities and a nice walkway leading to the Stairway make this a great dive spot.  However, the stairway  "Monument Point" is easy walking distance to "Picnic Beach" (Just North) and "Rock Pile" (Just South) - both other sites boasting great views and facilities.

  We've rated this location as an "Advanced Dive" because of the difficult access to the beach and the long stairway leading down.  Mind your footing because sand, water, concrete steps and heavy gear make a slippery combo - Hold the hand-rails! 

Once you hit the bottom, there's a tough, rocky entry.  Easiest entry is at high tide because you can "wade out" to the water from the stairs.  During low tide you'll have a slippery, uneven walk to the water over many loose rocks.

   Note that from June 15th through September 15th diving is only allowed from 7am till 10 pm, so prepare accordingly for the time limitations.

  Heisler Park is a preserve, so take only pictures.

Easy entry at "Monument Point"

"Monument Beach" Access to Beach

Picture Courtesy of Kenneth & Gabrielle Adelman 2002-2007 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.  If your an observant diver and carry a small dive light you'll find all sorts of goodies hiding in 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 little guys & gals. 

This is a preserve, so take only pictures.

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There are excellent facilities at Heisler Park including Restrooms at both North & South Heisler.

  • The South Heisler Park - "Rock Pile" facilities are at Jasmine Street & Cliff Drive behind the change machine located on the sidewalk.  Access is via a paved walkway both north & South of the Change machine


  • The North Heisler Park - "Picnic Beach" facilities are North of Myrtle Street & Cliff Drive near the top of the Beach Access walkway.  Access is via a paved walkway along the cliffs of the beach.

South Heisler "Rock Pile" - Restrooms

North Heisler "Picnic Beach" - Restrooms

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  There is plenty of street parking all along Cliff Drive in front of Heisler Park.  There is also a change machine at Cliff Drive and Jasmine you'll find handy if you forgot quarters.

  Parking runs 25 cents per 15 minutes (that's $1 per hour for the math challenged) and runs a maximum of 3 hours.  The meters take ONLY Quarters, so bring plenty.

  Parking is still relatively limited - Especially on nice Weekend Days, so plan on arriving early for the best Parking Opportunities (Before 8:00 am).  Remember, during the summer Divers are only allowed in the water from 7 am till 10 am.

Change Machine at Jasmine & Cliff

Plenty of Street Parking

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  From 405 Freeway exit Laguna Canyon Road (133) South towards Laguna Beach
Follow Laguna Canyon Road / Broadway till it ends at Pacific Coast Highway (1).

  Turn right onto PCH and then:

  Park anywhere along Cliff Drive - There's plenty of parking all along Heisler Park.


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