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Aliso Beach

Distance: 56 miles one-way. If you've moved many times, you develop touchstones; Aliso Beach is mine. Despite the Laguna Beach address, it's hardly artsy, pretentious or self-absorbed. Instead, it's the sort of place the Cleavers would have visited. Why? There's parking. There are restrooms. It's bordered by a wildlife refuge. You can have a bonfire. And best of all, it's accessible. You don't have to walk down 900 steps to get there. Lazy man's beach? Perhaps. But isn't being lazy what a day at the beach is all about? 31131 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach; (949) 923-2280, www.ocparks.com. --Catharine Hamm Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times
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