Laguna Beach is a little surf town just an hours south of Los Angeles, perched up by the ocean and full of art and nature. The city is home to not only beautiful beaches, but also about 20,000 acres of protected wilderness that allows for both the water and land adventurers to thrive and enjoy this beautiful gem. Visitors can explore sea caves, tide pools, ocean side bluffs, natural tide pools, and sandy beaches or they can head for the mountains for some hiking and mountain biking. Since we only had three days in this beautiful destination, we reached out to Visit Laguna Beach to help us plan the perfect three days in Laguna Beach.
Stay at the gorgeous Mediterranean-style La Casa Del Camino right on the beach. Built in 1929, this beautiful historic hotel features Spanish-style guest rooms with hand-carved furnishings as well as surf-themed rooms that have been designed in collaboration with brands like Billabong, Rip Curl, Etnies, Roxy, Quiksilver, L*Space, and Lost along with Riviera Magazine and Glaceau to create the rooms in the Case Surf Project collection.
The hotel is dog friendly as are most of the beaches in Laguna Beach, so don’t hesitate to bring your furry friend along for the adventure.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at La Casa Del Camino before heading out to explore the city. Walk down the main street (South Coast Highway) to really get a good feel of the city. You can walk into a few art galleries to admire the work of local artists or head to the beach for a sun tanning and relaxation session.
Enjoy a lovely brunch at the Sapphire Laguna, where you can delight yourself with a selection of lunch classics such as a three-egg omelette or try the delicious Miso Salmon Salad for a twist on a classic dish along with a signature cocktail such as the Grapefruit Squeeze or the Lychee Mojito.
After lunch head out for some shopping. Whether you are looking for a piece of art to decorate your home, surf and beach inspired clothing, or maybe you’re just in the mood for some moroccan-style lamps, you can find them all in Laguna Beach.
Come back to the hotel for dinner at the K’ya Bistro for a selection of fresh, locally-sourced seafood, meat, and produce served in small, shareable dishes and featuring a rotating menu of hand-crafted cocktails and a carefully-curated wine list.
Wake up refreshed and ready for an adventure. After another fantastic breakfast at the hotel, head over to Dana Wharf for a Whale and Dolphin Watching adventure. It’s only a 20-minute drive from the hotel. The tour takes about 2 hours and give you the opportunity to see the playful dolphins of the area as well as the passing whales. Chances are a couple of pelicans will accompany you on your journey so you will get a chance to see them flying just an inch above the water or diving like an arrow to catch a fish.
After taking all the photos and videos you can take of the dolphins, the whales, and the birds, head back to Laguna Beach for a beer tasting and early at the Laguna Beach Beer Company, where you can enjoy a number of local beers as well as kombuchas and finger food.Try the warm pretzel or the meat and cheese board.
Head back to the hotel for a relaxing time and watch the sunset from The Rooftop while sipping on a crafted cocktail.
This day is made for brunch and relaxation so skip breakfast and head over to The Rooftop for brunch and probably the best loaded lobster avocado toast of your life and pair it with a Rooftop Spritzer.
Head over to The Victoria Beach Pirate Tower for a beautiful day at the beach filled with history. The tower is sixty feet tall and seems to have been created directly from the sandstone cliffs that surround it. The pirate tower, built in 1926, can only be accessed at low tide as you need to step over quite a few rocks to get there, but it’s an impressive and worthwhile view.
Spend the rest of the day at the beach or venture out on kayaks or stand-up paddle-boards if you are comfortable with the open ocean adventure before calling it a night and heading back to reality.