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Laguna Beach is an artists' colony turned chic beach community. It sits on Orange County's Gold Coast and has something for everybody. From wilderness parks to world class dining and shopping to famous coves and beaches, Laguna Beach really does have it all.

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

15 Places

3 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

Main Beach

Piers & Boardwalks, Beaches

Glenn E. Vedder Ecological Reserve - Underwater Park and Tidepools

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Heisler Park

Parks

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

Restaurants

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Zinc Cafe & Market

Restaurants

Day 2

Laguna Beach Walks

Walking Tours

Coffee Pub

Restaurants

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks, Biking Trails, Hiking Trails

230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants

Day 3

The Beachcomber

Restaurants

Crystal Cove State Park

Beaches, State Parks

Laguna Art Museum

Art Museums

Len Wood's Indian Territory Gallery

Antique Stores, Gift & Speciality Shops

Tortilla Republic

Restaurants

scottca075's City Tips

  • Use the local buses to get around the city. There is even a free trolley during summer.
  • Interact with the locals, they love and appreciate visitors, especially foreign visitors.
  • Dress down in most places; this is the beach after all.
    Day 1
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    Main Beach
    Piers & Boardwalks, Beaches
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    scottca075 Says:

    Main Beach is the beating heart of Laguna Beach, and the famous Pacific Coast Highway sits between here and downtown Laguna's main streets. At one end sits the venerable Hotel Laguna, at the other, the path up to Heisler Park, and a wooden boardwalk — the only one in Orange County — joins the two. Both ends of the beach have restroom facilities as well as child play areas. The north end of Main Beach also has two famous half court basketball courts that have hosted such NBA luminaries as Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, as well as local collegiate stars

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The earlier you go, the better spot you will get on the beach during summer or on weekends.
    • Take a change of clothes. You can step off the beach and into a 5-star dining establishment in a matter of minutes.
    • Main Beach hosts volleyball tournaments during summer, and the courts are up and open year round for anyone to play on.
    • There is no need to actually go on the beach to enjoy Main Beach. Stay on the boardwalk or grassy areas of the park to sample all the area has to offer without getting sandy.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 84 things to do in Laguna Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good beach if you live nearby 22/09/2018
    • We have been around the word and haven't found a beach we like more. 19/09/2018
    • Main Beach
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    Glenn E. Vedder Ecological Reserve - Underwater Park and Tidepools
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    scottca075 Says:

    The Glenn E. Vedder Ecological Reserve is just north of Main Beach, below Heisler Park, and is a magical place for children to discover ocean life they may never have seen before. You can view sea urchins, striped shore crabs, hermit crabs and more here, just remember: look, but don't touch! All these creatures are protected by state and federal laws.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear shoes if possible. The rocks can be rough on bare feet and flip flops can be too slippery.
    • Stay on the driest rocks you can, as the rocks can be slippery.
    • Keep your kids close, there are some sharp edges that would hurt if you fell on them.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 84 things to do in Laguna Beach
    • Beautiful Coastline 06/08/2018
    • Look, Never Take! 06/08/2018
    • Glenn E. Vedder Ecological Reserve - Underwater Park and Tidepools
    Address:
    Coastline of Heisler Park
    Cliff Drive
    Laguna Beach, CA
    Phone:
    +1 949-497-6571
    Other:
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    Heisler Park
    Parks
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    scottca075 Says:

    The views from Heisler Park are stunning, making it a popular venue for outdoor weddings and wedding pictures. The vista from the gazebo near the Main Beach end is particularly impressive: Looking back towards the Hotel Laguna, the scene looks like it's been taken straight from the French Riviera, and you'll often see artists with their easels trying to capture the view.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
    • Sneak in to Las Brisas for a margarita and some chips and guac on the outdoor patio.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 84 things to do in Laguna Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful ocean views. 22/09/2018
    • Great Walking Path 19/09/2018
    • Heisler Park
    Address:
    375 Cliff Dr
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1623
    Phone:
    +1 949-497-3311
    Other:
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    BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
    Restaurants (American, Fusion, Brew Pub)
    scottca075 Says:

    Directly across from Main Beach is BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, a great place to reload and recharge. They have delicious Chicago-style deep dish pizza, but also an entire diverse menu of more goodies to choose from. They brew their own beers and carry others as well.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Do not miss the "pizzookie"— pizza cookie — can life get any better? Do order a scoop of ice cream on top too.
    • Start with the spinach dip to share.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 143 restaurants in Laguna Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Average visit 09/09/2018
    • Excellent food :) Server... not so much :( 02/07/2018
    • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
    Address:
    280 S Coast Hwy
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2110
    Phone:
    +1 949-494-3802
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
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    Pacific Marine Mammal Center
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    scottca075 Says:

    The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon is a non-profit organization that rescues seals, sea lions and other pinnipeds. The California coast is full of sea life and often our watery friends can be the victims of malnourishment, infection, pneumonia, gill net strangulation, and even shark attacks. The volunteers and staff here at the PMMC nurse the animals back to health, and release them back into the wild once they are healthy.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Donate to the "fish fund" to help feed these wonderful creatures.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 84 things to do in Laguna Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous Free Worthwhile Trip! 09/09/2018
    • Nice for a First Time Visit 19/08/2018
    • Pacific Marine Mammal Center
    Address:
    20612 Laguna Canyon Rd
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1137
    Phone:
    +1 949-494-3050
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Zinc Cafe & Market
    Restaurants (American, Cafe)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Zinc Cafe & Market might be the quintessential Laguna Beach eatery. It is casual (counter service), has lots of vegetarian options, is heavy on the fresh and organic side, and at night it transforms into a chic, Mediterranean bistro.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the Sliders with a Flor Prosecco.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 143 restaurants in Laguna Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love Zinc! 19/09/2018
    • Delicious vegetarian choices ! 16/09/2018
    • Zinc Cafe & Market
    Address:
    350 Ocean Ave
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2322
    Phone:
    +1 949-494-6302
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Laguna Beach Walks
    Walking Tours
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    scottca075 Says:

    Laguna Beach Walks has a website with free, downloadable maps of various self guided walks in Laguna Beach. The Heisler Park/Downtown Tour starts and ends at the iconic Lifeguard Tower at Main Beach, and takes you past many sights and landmarks that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Walk early when it is still cool.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 22 Tours in Laguna Beach
    • Laguna Beach walking 11/07/2018
    • Beautiful 28/06/2018
    • Laguna Beach Walks
    Phone:
    +1 949-533-0889
    Other:
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    Coffee Pub
    Restaurants
    scottca075 Says:

    Coffee Pub is a little oasis situated in the Lumberyard Mall. It has all the usual hot and cold coffee/espresso based drinks, plus teas and an assortment of pastries, sandwiches and tchotchkes (or knick knacks if you will.)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The chai lattes are the best in town.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Coffee might be good poor service 04/06/2015
    • Great breakfast bagel 29/03/2015
    • Coffee Pub
    Address:
    384 Forest Ave Ste 4
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2126
    Phone:
    +1 949-494-5334
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    Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks, Biking Trails, Hiking Trails
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    scottca075 Says:

    Laguna Coast Wilderness Park has some of the last remaining coastal canyons in Southern California. The canyon trails meander through coastal sagebrush, oak and sycamore trees and seasonal creeks. This is the Southern California coast as it was before the arrival of Europeans, and many rare and threatened species call the LCWP home, from the California Gnatcatcher to the Orange Throated Whiptail.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take plenty of water with you.
    • Use great walking shoes.
    • Wear a hat.
    • Other species that you can spot here include mule deer, weasels, bobcats, hawks, and even the occasional mountain lion.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 84 things to do in Laguna Beach
    • Extensive Hiking and Geocaching 08/07/2018
    • Most Beautiful Secret of Southern California! 19/05/2018
    • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
    Address:
    18751 Laguna Canyon Rd
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651-0300
    Phone:
    +1 949-923-2235
    Other:
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    230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar
    Restaurants (American, Seafood)
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    scottca075 Says:

    If there was one 'must do' restaurant in Laguna Beach, it would be 230 Forest Avenue. The epitome of California cuisine, the ingredients here are fresh, mostly local, and put together using classic French techniques. The Blackened Ahi Niçoise salad is a work of art. Impeccable service is matched with a menu that changes with the season, so it is never stale. The wine list is small, only two pages, but highly diverse and incredibly reasonable. It is a great spot to end the day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Blackened Ahi Niçoise, a bowl of cioppino, and a bottle of Hartford Court chardonnay. What more could you ever need.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 143 restaurants in Laguna Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great atmosphere, food and service 11/09/2018
    • Delightful Dinner Place 09/09/2018
    • 230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar
    Address:
    230 Forest Ave
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2114
    Phone:
    +1 949-494-2545
    Price range:
    US$31 - US$80
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    The Beachcomber
    Restaurants (American)
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    scottca075 Says:

    The Beachcomber Cafe on the beach in Crystal Cove is a beloved local institution. Breakfast is probably the most popular meal, so if you are not there early, be prepared to wait. While breakfast is the most popular however, dinner might in fact be the best. There is nothing better then nursing a Singapore Sling as the sun sets in the Pacific, and complete with a pan roasted sea bass in front of you.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go early for breakfast or close to sunset for dinner.
    • Rent your beach chairs and umbrellas from the Beachcomber.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 417 restaurants in Newport Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don't bother 24/09/2018
    • Feels like a vacation! 23/09/2018
    • The Beachcomber
    Address:
    15 Crystal CV
    Newport Beach, CA 92657-2123
    Phone:
    +1 949-376-6900
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Other:
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    Crystal Cove State Park
    Beaches, State Parks
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    scottca075 Says:

    Crystal Cove State Park is the most natural beach in Orange County. There are no facilities on the beach other than at the Beachcomber Cafe, and it is a decent hike down to get here. Definitely worth the effort if you'd like some relative solitude in the fifth most populous county in the U.S!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take water, sunscreen, and a small beach umbrella.
    • Go to El Morro Beach for the best body boarding.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 84 things to do in Laguna Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • nice beach 22/09/2018
    • The best kept secret on the OC coast. 19/09/2018
    • Crystal Cove State Park
    Address:
    8471 Pacific Coast Highway
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    Phone:
    949-494-3539
    Other:
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    Laguna Art Museum
    Art Museums
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    scottca075 Says:

    Laguna Beach has been a renowned art colony since the early 1900s, when many 'plein-air' artists made their way to the area, attracted by the good weather, pristine landscapes and good light. The Laguna Art Museum started as an art gallery in 1918, and, over time, became a museum. It has a great permanent collection of over 3,500 works by Californian painters from the early 19th century to the present day, as well as frequent touring exhibitions.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A great place to escape the afternoon heat and enjoy some quiet time.
    • Check for special events and showings when planning your trip.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 84 things to do in Laguna Beach
    • Outstanding Small Museum Featuring Local Artists 25/09/2018
    • A good small museum with local character. 22/09/2018
    • Laguna Art Museum
    Address:
    307 Cliff Dr
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1696
    Phone:
    +1 949-494-8971
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Len Wood's Indian Territory Gallery
    Antique Stores, Gift & Speciality Shops
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    scottca075 Says:

    If you can't get to Arizona, New Mexico or Utah, Len Wood's Indian Territory Gallery is a great place to pick up Native American items. This space houses Navajo rugs, Navajo blankets, Zuni jewelry, Hopi jewelry, Hopi kachinas, historic and modern pueblo Indian pottery, and more. It's truly a gem.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Ask to see the ancient pueblo Indian pottery and woven baskets.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Laguna Beach
    • Such fantastic jewlery 24/06/2015
    • $$$$$$ 12/08/2014
    • Len Wood's Indian Territory Gallery
    Address:
    305 N Coast Hwy Ste D
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1681
    Phone:
    +1 949-497-5747
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Tortilla Republic
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Tortilla Republic is the perfect place to draw your three days in Laguna Beach to a close. It has a fresh, modern approach to Mexican food. The margaritas will take the edge off a hectic day, while the duck confit enchiladas will take you to a place you've never been before... with Mexican food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Duck confit enchiladas and lobster enchiladas are must-order dishes here!
    • Taco Tuesday and Happy Hours are two great ways to take the sting out of the bill.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 143 restaurants in Laguna Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous! 23/09/2018
    • Great upscale Mexican! 15/09/2018
    • Tortilla Republic
    Address:
    480 S Coast Hwy
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2404
    Phone:
    +1 949-393-4888
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$28
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Mon - Thu
    3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Fri
    11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
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