Northwest of Laguna Beach, the snorkeling at Shaw's Cove is known for the urchins and anemones amongst the rocks. The best snorkeling is along the northern rocky shore.
To reach the Shaws Cove snorkeling from Laguna Beach, start downtown and head north on US1. Turn left on Cliff Drive and continue northwest and park just prior to Crescent Bay. There is no designated parking area but there is free and metered street side parking.
Overall, Shaws Cove is the 9th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in California.