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Laguna Beach

Travel Guide

This city’s dramatic coastal landscape has attracted artists since the early 1800s, and continues to inspire the enclave’s creative community today.

Laguna Beach is one of California’s earliest vacation towns. Settled not long after the American Civil War, the coastal village quickly became popular with inland ranchers keen to escape the summer heat. English-born painter Norman Saint Clair became enraptured by the dramatic coastal vistas in the early 19th century. By 1920 more than half of Laguna’s residents were artists and the area’s creative community continues to thrive today.

A great way to find your bearings is to hike the trails through Heisler Park. These trails offer panoramic views north to Crescent Bay and south to Laguna’s Main Beach. Laguna’s beaches, coves and bluffs are all unique and offer a range of activities.

Rent a stand-up paddleboard and hit the rolling swells at Main Beach, or head to Thousand Step Beach, a popular surf spot and volleyball venue. Pull on a mask and fins and explore the rich marine life at Diver’s Cove, or wander the tidal pools up and down the coast. Rent a skimboard at the sport’s birthplace, Victoria Beach, and at the end of the day grab some hot dogs and head for the fire pits on Aliso Beach.

Laguna offers much more than beaches. The city is filled with wonderful architecture, from early beachside cottages to ritzy cliff-hugging homes. Take a historic Bungalow Tour and learn more about the city’s history through its earliest buildings, including St Francis by the Sea, one of the world’s smallest churches.

Laguna’s downtown area is known as The Village. Spend half a day here visiting one-of-a-kind boutiques, cafés and galleries on Forest Avenue. When the sun gets a little hot, sample a local brew at the Laguna Brewing Company. Develop an appreciation for Californian art at the Laguna Art Museum, which houses more than 3,500 pieces from the early 19th century to the present day.

On the first Saturday of each month, more than 20 local artists open their studios to visitors. Feeling inspired? Take an art lesson in the scenic surrounds of Treasure Island Park.

In the warmer months the city offers an array of art, music and crafts festivals. To get the most out of your visit, call into the Visitors Center on Forest Avenue to pick up maps and brochures.

Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach
Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach
3 out of 5
647 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
The price is CA $324 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Laguna Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Gallery Row, and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Victoria Beach. Heisler Park ...
3.6/5Good! (1,096 reviews)
"We stayed in an ocean view room which was small but adequate for our party of 4. The furnishings were worn and the carpet was dirty. The beds were very clean and comfortable. The staff was very nice and helpful although they didn’t have a lot of information about public transportation."

Reviewed on Jul. 14, 2021

Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach
Surf And Sand Resort
Surf And Sand Resort
4.5 out of 5
1555 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
Located in Laguna Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Gallery Row and Victoria Beach. Heisler Park and Treasure Island ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (969 reviews)
"All good"

Reviewed on Jul. 31, 2021

Surf And Sand Resort
Inn at Laguna Beach
Inn at Laguna Beach
3.5 out of 5
211 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
The price is CA $498 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Laguna Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Main Beach Park, and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Victoria Beach. Heisler ...
4.3/5Excellent! (981 reviews)
"Wonderful location. Easy to walk to most restaurants and shop. Beach is right down the steps."

Reviewed on Aug. 1, 2021

Inn at Laguna Beach
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.
14 West
14 West
3 out of 5
690 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
The price is CA $411 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Situated by the ocean, this boutique aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Gallery Row and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Victoria Beach. Main Beach Park and Laguna Playhouse ...
4.4/5Excellent! (604 reviews)
"Great mattress and very clean room!"

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2021

14 West
Spectacular Upgraded Ocean Villa, two Bedroom
Spectacular Upgraded Ocean Villa, two Bedroom
Laguna Beach, CA
Nestled on the beach, this Laguna Beach villa is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Gallery Row and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Victoria Beach. Heisler Park and Diver's Cove are ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Great property
"Great property. I will definitely be back..beautiful views, steps right to the beach, loved the common area where you can lay out, bbq, or sit by the fire. I loved it!!!"

Reviewed on Apr. 28, 2021

Spectacular Upgraded Ocean Villa, two Bedroom
Ocean View Laguna Beach Cottage & Private Garden 600 ft to Thousand Steps Beach
Ocean View Laguna Beach Cottage & Private Garden 600 ft to Thousand Steps Beach
Laguna Beach, CA
Located in South Laguna, this romantic cottage is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Thousand Steps Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Victoria Beach. Table Rock Beach and Aliso ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (93 reviews)
Laguna Get away
"Great place to relax and hang out with family. Nice garden area with ample seating and pretty lighting at sunset. It was fun to bbq and hang out. Beautiful view from rooms and kitchen of the beach. Short walk to 1000 steps beach. (But be prepared for about 200 plus stairs to beach and back up to ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 26, 2021

Ocean View Laguna Beach Cottage & Private Garden 600 ft to Thousand Steps Beach
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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