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 RM875 per night from 3 Oct to 4 Oct
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 (1,109 reviews)
"Would stay again."

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2022

Inn at Laguna Beach
Inn at Laguna Beach
3.5 out of 5
211 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
The price is RM1,153 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct
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! (1,000 reviews)
"The property had a great location with dining and shopping 5min walking distance. The hotel itself was a bit dated. The bathrooms were underwhelming and the room was a bit small for what we were paying. We were in a standard 2 queen bed room. Carpets in the hallways were also very dated and brought ..."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2022

Capri Laguna on the Beach
Capri Laguna on the Beach
3 out of 5
1441 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
The price is RM875 per night from 3 Oct to 4 Oct
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Laguna Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"We were upgraded to a beach front suite- absolutely gorgeous view of the sunset! Also received amazing customer service throughout our stay!"

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2022

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 by Diamond Resorts
Riviera Beach & Shores Resorts by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
34630 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA, 92624
Stay at this 3-star eco-friendly aparthotel in Dana Point. Enjoy a 24-hour fitness centre, an arcade/games room and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (946 reviews)
It's not the Ritz, just a nice place to stay
"Based on others' reviews, I wasn't expecting more than basic satisfaction with my stay, but in all ways it beat my expectations. We had a two-bedroom suite without an ocean view, which was fine because we didn't hang out in the room other than for sleeping and showering. The rooms were clean, there ..."

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2022

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 helpful staff and the family amenities ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (717 reviews)
"Check out time is too early"

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2022

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! (96 reviews)
"Located on busy freeway and railroad across from the ocean. Easy access to the beech and 1,5 miles walking distance from Dana Point."

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2022

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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