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Explore the Pirate Tower at Victoria Beach

2713 Victoria Dr Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Explore the Pirate Tower at Victoria Beach

As a beach community, it’s easy to imagine Laguna Beach as home to plenty of swashbuckling pirates. It’s even easier to imagine when you visit the Victoria Beach Pirate Tower. Beyond the tidepools, guests brave enough to venture around the corner during low tide will find a lone structure known as the Pirate Tower. The 60-foot-tall building is a bit of a mystery as its origins have never truly been revealed. However, according to the Laguna Beach Tourism Board, it was likely built in 1926 as an enclosed staircase to the beach for William E. Brown, a senator from Los Angeles. Not very pirate-like right? Well, hold on because in the 1940s the tower was sold to retired naval captain Harold Kendrick. Kendrick, the tourism board said, was a pirate aficionado who allegedly dressed in full pirate regalia to the delight of the children in Laguna. He’d even invite them over for scavenger hunts for real cash. And, as legend has it, Kendrick was so good at hiding cash and candy there may still be some scattered around for modern-day visitors to find too.