Everyone loves a good pirate story, what could be better? How about a pirate adventure during your next Laguna Beach vacation? Our journey begins at Victoria Beach, one of Orange County’s most secluded public beaches. Once you make it to Laguna Beach, find Victoria Dr. and follow it towards the ocean during low tide. You’ll find a tiny beach enclosed by rocky cliffs at both ends. Look for a narrow concrete stairway with a steep slope that will take you down to the beach. Once on the beach, walk past the beach’s north end at low tide, and you’ll find a small cove. There you will find Pirate Tower.
The tower and home attached to it were both built in 1926 for William E. Brown, a California state senator. While Senator Brown had the personality of a half-used stick of glue, the property was sold to an eccentric, retired Naval officer named Harold Kendrick in the 1920s. Mr. Kendrick was known for dressing up like a pirate, no need for Halloween when you’re eccentric, and hiding coins in the tower for neighborhood children to find and keep as “treasure.”
While the property has changed hands many times since then, it’s interesting to note that one of the owners was actress Bette Midler. And like all old creepy buildings, legend has it that it’s haunted, so you may want to bring a friend on your next Laguna Beach vacation.