If you're seeking an escape, head down the steep hill to this secluded beach known for its tide pools. Kids love the tide pools, but be aware that the pools are being loved to death. Don’t yank anything from the rocks and tread carefully: light, oxygen and heavy footsteps can kill the critters.

Because there’s no parking lot here, crowds may be lighter. Look for street parking on Ocean Blvd near Poppy Ave.