Laguna Beach

Travel Guide
Laguna Beach featuring a coastal town, a sandy beach and general coastal views
Head to the creatives' haunt located in one of California's most historic towns amid a stunning coastal setting.

Laguna Beach is a picturesque location with an equally dazzling heritage. It was soon after the American Civil War that this seaside village was settled, before it quickly became a retreat for ranchers. It was English painter Norman Saint Clair who came here in the early 19th century to capture the summer scenes, and in whose footsteps many more creatives subsequently followed.

To admire the scenery from on high, head for Heisler Park. Take one of the hiking trails and you'll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views as far north as Crescent Bay, all the way south towards Laguna's Main Beach. If you head for the coast you can enjoy an array of recreational activities too.

At Main Beach, grab a paddleboard and surf the waves. Thousand Step Beach is perfect for surfing or playing volleyball, and at Aliso Beach, you'll be able to grill some food on the available fire pits. Visit Diver's Cove to meet marine life of all kinds, or if you head for Victoria Beach, you can explore the home of skimboarding.

As well as the beaches, there is also some wonderful architecture. Take the Bungalow Tour, which takes you on a journey through the city's history on this tour, you'll also spot one of the world's smallest churches, St Francis by the Sea. The area's artistic heritage has gone from strength to strength, and if you want to join in, you can explore the studios of more than 20 local artists which are open to the public on the first Saturday of every month. If you’d like an art lesson, Treasure Island Park is the place to head.

In the downtown of Laguna, you'll find The Village, a perfect place to unwind while exploring the many local boutiques, cafés and galleries. Enjoy a local beer at the Laguna Brewing Company, explore Forest Avenue, or pay a visit to the Laguna Art Museum where you will discover thousands of fine American artworks.

Whatever the time of year, you'll find a heady mix of attractions available to visit. In the summer months, a variety of art, music and crafts festivals are on offer. Stop off at the Visitors Center on Forest Avenue when you're in town and plan your visit from there.

Where to stay in Laguna Beach

Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach
Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach
3 out of 5
647 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
The price is RM504 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
RM504
per night
1 Feb - 2 Feb
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Laguna Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
3.3/5 (1,095 reviews)
"Awesome check in after an online mix up. Very nice."

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2023

Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach
Inn at Laguna Beach
Inn at Laguna Beach
3.5 out of 5
211 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
The price is RM717 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
RM717
per night
7 Feb - 8 Feb
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Laguna Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,032 reviews)
"The entire staff was great. Eventhoughthe weekend was racked with rain, we extended for another day."

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2023

Inn at Laguna Beach
Laguna Riviera
Laguna Riviera
2.5 out of 5
825 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
The price is RM628 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
RM628
per night
1 Feb - 2 Feb
Stay at this beach hotel in Laguna Beach. Enjoy a beach locale, valet parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (538 reviews)
"I enjoyed the 2 nights there happily. The sand level was as low as I have ever seen it. Not much You can do on that count. It will return in the spring. The staff was extremely amenable and attentive to our every need. Thanks for your flexibility."

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2023

Laguna Riviera
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Riviera Beach & Shores Resorts
Riviera Beach & Shores Resorts
3 out of 5
34630 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA, 92624
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Dana Point. Enjoy a 24-hour fitness centre, an arcade/games room and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (982 reviews)
"Need help at breakfast. Employees could not keep up with the amount of guests"

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2022

Riviera Beach & Shores Resorts
Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
4 out of 5
23000 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA, 92657
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the family amenities in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (731 reviews)
"Really beautiful property. Hotel was the most clean hotel I have ever been to. Room was massive and provided a sense of being home on vacation. Will definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2023

Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
Capistrano Surfside Inn
Capistrano Surfside Inn
3 out of 5
34680 Coast Highway, Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, CA, 92624
Stay at this 3-star condo in Dana Point. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (101 reviews)
"Clean, comfortable, well maintained!"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2022

Capistrano Surfside Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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