Seaside Adventures | Laguna Beach, California

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Seven miles of coastline, 30 beaches and parks, 70 art galleries, and 400 working artists and studios make Laguna Beach one of the most vibrant places to visit in Southern California. It’s perfect for a springtime getaway, whether you’re looking for a romantic trip, family vacation, or girls’ weekend. Stay in a stylish hotel, have an adventure out on the water, and experience the best music, art, food, and outdoor activities that this popular seaside town has to offer.

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Laguna Beach House

Stay at the Laguna Beach House, a recently renovated hotel overlooking the sea. The property was designed to feel like a beach cottage and is styled with vintage furniture and coastal decorations. The Laguna Beach House offers a truly indulgent hotel experience, pampering you throughout the day with coffee in the morning, a sunset wine hour, and milk and cookies before bed. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance from beautiful beaches, the boutiques and restaurants in downtown Laguna Beach, and the cliffs and tide pools of Heisler Park. Stay for one night and have a paddle board adventure for two with the Stand Up Paddle Package. You’ll receive two paddle board rentals, take a half-hour lesson on land, and then set off on an hour-long guided tour on the water. See dolphins, fish, sea lions, and plenty of beautiful scenery as you paddle from Fisherman’s Cove to Sea Lion Rock.

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Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Head up to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park for impressive views of Laguna Beach’s gorgeous coastline. The park spans 7,000 acres of coastal canyon, oak and sycamore woodlands, and rocky cliffs overlooking the sea. Choose from forty miles of trails that are perfect for hiking, biking, running, and horseback riding. Pack a lunch and take the Boat Road trail, a moderate 1.3-mile route that ends in a scenic vista. You’ll enjoy a picnic with 180-degree views of Laguna Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

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Blues Wednesdays at Mozambique

Mozambique Restaurant and Coastal Lounge brings South African cuisine to Laguna Beach. This sophisticated venue hosts concerts almost every day of the week and is a great place to see some of Laguna Beach’s best bands perform. Their Blues Wednesdays feature live performances by blues bands every Wednesday from 7:30pm to close. While you’re enjoying the music, be sure to try one of their specialty Mozambique Cocktails like the “African Mojito,” a unique twist on the classic mojito made with citrus vodka, muddled red grapes, lemon, and Chambord.

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First Thursdays Art Walk

Laguna Beach has been an artist’s colony for over a hundred years. First Thursdays Art Walk is a free monthly event that allows the public to experience local art and museums. Every first Thursday of the month from 6-9pm, nearly 40 galleries and museums up and down the coast open their doors to visitors. You can take a self-guided tour by downloading an Art Walk Gallery Guide and taking the free trolley service. Make sure to stop at the Laguna Art Museum to see the current exhibition “City Life, Los Angeles: 1930s to 1950s,” which features pieces depicting the development of urban Los Angeles.

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Nick’s Laguna Beach

Nick’s Laguna Beach is a restaurant praised by locals and visitors alike for excellent service and delicious California and Mexican cuisine. Enjoy a relaxing weekend brunch at an outside table overlooking the water. We recommend ordering a Bloody Mary (Nick’s are garnished with fried blue cheese olives) and the Oatmeal Brulee, which is made with old-fashioned oats, caramelized berries, vanilla, and cinnamon. After brunch, you can walk right down to the beach!

Oceanfront Laguna Beach | Orange County, California

Laguna Beach is a gorgeous seaside city located in Orange County situated between Los Angeles and San Diego. This premier coastal destination has a pleasant climate and seven miles of sand and surf! It’s the perfect getaway for any time of year. Next time you travel down the California coast, check out these great spots in Laguna Beach!

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Surf & Sand Resort

The luxurious Surf & Sand Resort sits directly on Laguna Beach, just steps away from the water. The elegant hotel offers 167 beachfront rooms, each featuring views of the Pacific, making this property the perfect ocean retreat. Indulge in the Stay, Spa, & Splashes Package to make your vacation memorable. The package includes signature spa treatments, gourmet breakfast, and a 3-course dinner for two at Splashes Restaurant. Reserve your room online today!  

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Art-A-Fair

Experience a fine art festival right by the water! Discover over a hundred distinguished artists, enjoy live music and outdoor cuisine, and participate in a variety of art workshops. The festival is open daily during the summer season. Check the website for more information.            BigFishTavern_644x270 

Big Fish Tavern

This Laguna Beach favorite was previously known as the House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer. Locals flock to the restaurant for the obvious specialties: fresh seafood and a diverse beer selection. At Big Fish Tavern, it’s all about the experience – great food, inviting décor, patio seating, and spectacular ocean views! Be sure to try the Macadamia Nut Crusted Tilapia and ask about the rotating selection of draft beers. Reserve a table or even order online!  

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Victoria Skimboards

Did you know skimboarding was actually founded in Laguna Beach? In the 1920s, local lifeguards created the sport by riding pieces of wood along the water. Tex Haines later founded Victoria Skimboards in 1976, and with his help the sport went global. Visit the Laguna Beach storefront and browse the wide selection of skimboards and accessories. They offer private lessons for beginners, or join them for a weekly skimboard session every Saturday at 10 am! 

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Tidepools

The Laguna Beach tide pools offer you an exciting glimpse at marine life. The protected tide zone is home to various aquatic species. During low tide you can observe them up-close and personal! Keep in mind that all of tide pools within the Laguna Beach city limits fall in a State Marine Conservation Area. Do not take anything from the tide pools, be cautious of where you step, and help ensure that the beautiful ecosystems can be preserved for the enjoyment of generations to come! 

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 The Rooftop

The Rooftop Lounge is popular among locals and a must-see for visitors. Located on the roof of La Casa del Camino hotel, it offers stunning views of the ocean. Relax and watch the sunset as you sip a signature fresh fruit Mojito and sample delicious California cuisine. Stop in for Happy Hour every weekday from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm and enjoy half off drinks!

Weekend Escape | Laguna Beach, California

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Laguna Beach boasts some of Southern California’s most beautiful coastline, so it’s no surprise that it also has some of the best beaches! Here are our recommendations for the best way to enjoy a day at the beach.

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Main Beach

You won’t find a beach with a wider range of activities than Main Beach. It has a boardwalk, basketball and volleyball courts, a playground, picnic tables, and tide pools. Bring a picnic lunch and spend a leisurely day in the sand. Stay for sunset and we promise you’ll be impressed. Get directions.

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 Skimboarding

Laguna Beach became the birthplace of skimboarding back in the 1920s when lifeguards used pieces of wood to skate across the shore. Since then, skimboarding has blossomed into a full-fledged sport. If you’re feeling adventurous, take lessons from Solag Skim School. You’ll be a pro in no time.

Pageant of the Masters | Laguna Beach, California

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Laguna Beach is a gorgeous seaside town in Orange County, halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Spend a weekend exploring Laguna Beach’s famous art scene, then hit the beach for some time in the Southern California sun.

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Don’t miss the Pageant of the Masters, a nearly two month long annual “living art” event that has been a Laguna Beach institution since 1933. Over 500 volunteers dress up to recreate famous paintings and sculptures. You’ll be impressed by the makeup, costumes, and lighting that make the paintings come alive. See it nightly in July and August.

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