OC Parks Press Release - County of Orange Partially Opens Beach Parking

May 18, 2020

Marisa O'Neil, OC Parks PIO
(714) 310-5478, marisa.oneil@ocparks.com


SANTA ANA, CALIF. (May 18, 2020) – The County of Orange reopened limited parking at County-operated beaches on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Parking with reduced capacity reopened at Salt Creek, Strands and Baby beaches in Dana Point. The coastal lot reopened at Aliso Beach in South Laguna, with the inland lot remaining closed. Parking at Capistrano Beach is closed for maintenance.

County beaches are open for active recreation only. Appropriate physical distancing must be observed. Non-stationary activities like walking, running, swimming, surfing, paddling, boating, kayaking, etc. are permitted. Stationary activities like sunbathing; building sandcastles; volleyball, spikeball and other group activities; and bringing coolers, umbrellas, grills, etc. are not permitted.

Beach hours are as follows:

  • County Beaches in South Laguna Beach (Aliso, Table Rock, West, Camel Point, Thousand Steps and Treasure Island beaches):  6 a.m. - 10 p.m. weekdays, 6 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday and Sunday consistent with City of Laguna Beach hours. Please note that the access way and restroom at Thousand Steps Beach are closed.
  • Capistrano and Poche Beaches: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
  • Salt Creek and Strands Beaches: 5 a.m.-12 a.m. daily.
  • Baby Beach: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
  • Bayside Beach (at Newport Harbor Patrol) – 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 

Parking at County beach lots is $1 per hour via pay-and-display machines, or via OC Parks annual beaches or all county parks and beaches parking passes.

For more information, see the County's letter to the State regarding its beach reopening plan here.


OC Parks manages nearly 60,000 acres of parks, historical and coastal facilities and open space for the County of Orange as part of OC Community Resources.