Middle Man Cove: Hidden Gem in Laguna Beach

Middle Man Cove, a hidden gem in Laguna Beach, is situated between Goff Cove and Treasure Island Beach, near the Montage Resort. This small, south-facing sandy beach provides a quiet, secluded setting. To get there, you need to climb over rocks from the nearby beaches.

The path from Treasure Island Beach is particularly unique, as it includes a passage through a natural rock arch. Visitors should be cautious though, especially during high tide, as the routes can become challenging and the steep bluff walls make it difficult to climb out​​.

Quick Overview of Middle Man Cove

FeaturesActivitiesAccess & ParkingHighlights
Hidden gem between Goff Cove and Treasure Island Beach, near Montage Resort. Small, south-facing sandy beach provides a quiet, secluded setting.Swimming, lounging, exploring tide pools with occasional guidance from Laguna Ocean Foundation docents. A more secluded cove for privacy on the far left side.Accessible by climbing over rocks from Goff Cove or Treasure Island Beach. Metered parking on PCH near Montage Resort and underground parking at Treasure Island Beach are available.Quiet, secluded setting with shallow waters ideal for swimming and tide pooling. Unique access through a natural rock arch from Treasure Island Beach.
Requires climbing over rocks from nearby beaches, with a unique passage through a natural rock arch from Treasure Island Beach.Photography and hiking, especially scenic for pictures of the area’s natural beauty, the rock arch, and Goff Island.Two entrances: through Goff Cove with stairs and an easy ramp or from Treasure Island Beach. Facilities are available up on the bluff, but there are no bathrooms or lifeguard towers at the cove itself.Challenging access can deter crowds, providing a private beach experience. The presence of benches up on the bluff for ocean viewing adds to the tranquil experience.
Path can become challenging during high tide, making it difficult to climb out.Advised caution due to potentially steep nature of the beach depending on sand levels. Safety practices are advised due to the absence of lifeguard towers.Advisable to check tide levels before planning the visit to ensure safe access and return. No direct vehicle access to the cove; parking options require a walk and climb to reach the beach.Less crowded compared to nearby beaches, offering a peaceful and beautiful beach experience. The area is good for families interested in tide pools, long walks, or scuba diving, though caution is advised.
Middle Man Cove in laguna Beach
Middle Man Cove in Laguna Beach

The cove itself is known for its shallow waters, making it ideal for swimming, lounging, and exploring the tide pools on its far right. These tide pools are occasionally supervised by volunteer docents from the Laguna Ocean Foundation, who can answer any questions about the local sea life.

There’s also a more secluded cove on the far left side of Middle Man Cove, accessible by a relatively easy climb over some rocks, offering a more private beach experience with a view of the rock arch at Treasure Island​​.

sunset at Middle Man Cove
Sunset at Middle Man Cove

For those who love photography and hiking, Middle Man Cove and Goff Cove are great places to take pictures of the area’s natural beauty. The beach is good for families who want to explore the tide pools, go for long walks, or try scuba diving. However, visitors are advised to practice safety due to the potentially steep nature of the beach depending on sand levels​​.

My Experience Visiting Middle Man Cove

I recently visited Middle Man Cove and it was quite an experience. This cove is not crowded, offering a more private beach feel. Getting there is a bit challenging; I climbed over rocks from the Goff Cove side.

ramp down to Middle Man Cove through Treasure Island
You can take the Treasure Island ramp down to get to the Middle Man Cove

It’s not recommended for those with small kids or a lot of beach gear. The cove is beautiful and peaceful, less busy compared to Treasure Island Beach or Goff Cove.

For parking, I used the metered spots on PCH near Montage Resort. You can also park at the underground parking at Treasure Island Beach.

Middle Man Cove in Laguna
Middle Man Cove in Laguna

There are two entrances you can take, one through Goff Cove or Treasure Island Beach. The Goff Cove itself has two paths, one with stairs and an easy ramp. I took the walking path down, choosing the easier ramp from Goff Cove and turning left to reach Middle Man Cove. There are no bathrooms or lifeguard towers at the cove, but facilities are available up on the bluff.

Middle Man Cove Beach in Laguna

There are also benches up on the bluff to see beautiful views of the ocean. The view, especially of the Treasure Island arch and Goff Island, is stunning and great for photos.

Middle Man Cove in laguna Beach
I took this ramp down at Goff Cove to go to Middle Man Cove

When you plan to leave, check that the tide isn’t high. High tide can make climbing back over the rocks difficult.

Conclusion

To sum up, Middle Man Cove in Laguna Beach is a less-known but wonderful beach. Its quiet, hidden location, along with beautiful natural surroundings and options for different beach activities, makes it an ideal choice for anyone looking for a calm beach day away from crowded places.

me on the beach
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Hi, I'm Kat, the adventurous spirit behind TasteCaliforniaTravel, your guide to the hidden wonders of California. Having called California home for the last 15 years, I am thrilled to take you along on my journey and share the adventures that this incredible state has to offer.

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