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Laguna Beach
Travel Guide

Laguna Beach

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.

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
The price is £154 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Located in Laguna Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Gallery Row and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Victoria Beach. Main Beach Park ...
3.6/5Good! (1,039 reviews)
"Needs an update particularly in the non view rooms"

Reviewed on 26 Apr 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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £307 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in Laguna Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Gallery Row and Victoria Beach. Heisler Park and Treasure Island ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (974 reviews)
"The property sits closer to the water than any other hotel along the coast. This is an experience that you won't get at any other hotel. I loved that it wasn't crowded with kids too. Go to the Montage if you want a family hotel"

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

Surf And Sand Resort
Capri Laguna on the Beach
Capri Laguna on the Beach
3 out of 5
1441 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
The price is £165 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Nestled on the beach, this Laguna Beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gallery Row and Victoria Beach. Heisler Park and Diver's Cove are also within 2 miles ...
4.2/5Excellent! (981 reviews)
"The staff was great but they didn’t offer Tesla charging stations. The facility is little out dated. The pictures on the website do not match the actual room."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Capri Laguna on the 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.
Blessing Cottage: A Vintage Cottage 2 blocks from the beach
Blessing Cottage: A Vintage Cottage 2 blocks from the beach
Laguna Beach, CA
This family-friendly Laguna Beach cottage is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Gallery Row and Main Beach Park. Victoria Beach is 1.6 mi ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Grateful for Blessing Cottage
"What a special place, nothing generic about it. As for location, walk out the front door to the sidewalk and downhill you see open ocean. Walk downhill, maybe a quarter mile and you can visit either the beach or parts of downtown. While I drove to Ralph's supermarket, it is walkable as well. The ..."

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2021

Blessing Cottage: A Vintage Cottage 2 blocks from the beach
Amazing Laguna Beach Cliff House, Gorgeous Views + Walk to Beach
Amazing Laguna Beach Cliff House, Gorgeous Views + Walk to Beach
576 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, CA
Situated in Laguna Beach, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Diver's Cove and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Victoria Beach. Heisler Park and Main Beach Park are ...
Amazing Laguna Beach Cliff House, Gorgeous Views + Walk to Beach
Lovely Designer Cottage! 3 MIN Walk TO THE Beach AND Heisler Park!
Lovely Designer Cottage! 3 MIN Walk TO THE Beach AND Heisler Park!
Laguna Beach, CA
Situated in Laguna Beach, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Heisler Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Victoria Beach. Main Beach Park and Diver's Cove are also ...
Lovely Designer Cottage! 3 MIN Walk TO THE Beach AND Heisler Park!
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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Reviews of Laguna Beach

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5/5 - Excellent

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29 Sep 2019

Will definitely go back in the future. Laguna Beach is spread over a couple of miles but we could have stayed at our hotel without venturing out and been very happy in a world of true luxury.

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21 Sep 2019

Been to Laguna a few times, we discovered Hessler Park this time - a great place to watch the sun go down.

4/5 - Good

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2 Sep 2019

Cute town. But don’t stay at Laguna Brisas.

5/5 - Excellent

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31 Jul 2019

Can’t wait to go back.

5/5 - Excellent

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5 Jun 2019

Awesome place, great restaurants and nice beach

5/5 - Excellent

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4 Jun 2019

Laguna Beach is lovely but to be avoided in the summer months as it’s very crowded

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