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Best Picnic Spot Orange County 2011 - Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Wesley Drive and S. Coast Highway

Laguna Beach, CA 92652

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Located on the ocean side of the walkway that separates the tony Montage Resort & Spa from the Pacific Ocean, Treasure Island is like stepping into an episode of The O.C. The vista from the clifftop park draws photographers who want to capture the stunning views, especially during sunset. You might even spot celebrity guests strolling around the Montage grounds, catching glimpses of the stunning views of the emerald waters below the sandstone cliffs. A large, manicured lawn dotted with long wooden picnic tables, four-seater square wooden tables and park benches offer multiple sites to park your picnic basket among giant succulents, colorful wildflowers and other native xeriscaping. Stiff ocean breezes can blow across the clifftop lawn, so have a way to anchor your picnic blanket or, better yet, take shelter on the beach encircled by cliffs. The rocky coves, like others along this stretch of the coastline, have tidepools that offer natural distractions at low tide. Be mindful of the rules: No collecting wildlife in the tidepools, no dogs allowed between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., no cooking or open fires, no tents or easy-ups, and plastic containers only. Unlike many Laguna Beach city beaches, Treasure Island has an ample public parking lot, but it'll cost $1.50 an hour between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., with a three-hour limit. (Walk three minutes from the parking lot toward the Montage to find the lawn picnic area.)

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