Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is a resort-residential community (population about 20,000) along the Pacific coast in South Orange County in Southern California. It is known for its extensive artist community, seaside village atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and luxury resort hotels.

49 things to do

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Pageant of the Masters

Held nightly during the summer, the Pageant of the Masters advertises itself as the place "where art comes to life", which is about the best description that could be given of an event that is unlike any other. For over seventy years this annual pageant has presented recreations of famous paintings, statues and other works of art on a stage with orchestral accompaniment. The catch is that real people act as models for the subjects depicted. The artwork is textured in such a way that it is often impossible to distinguish the 3-D reproduction from a 2-D image, so bring binoculars to get a closer look. Tickets sell out early every year, so plan ahead to attend this event.

SEE   —  650 Laguna Canyon Rd

Art-A-Fair

The Art-A-Fair Festival is one of three premier outdoor art shows held annually in Laguna Beach. Located in Laguna Canyon between the Sawdust Festival and Festival of Arts in a beautiful garden setting, it features over 125 artists, plus live entertainment, fine food, demonstrations and workshops. Artists from California as well as many other states and countries apply annually and are accepted through a jury system, which contributes to the high quality of art and master crafts among participants.



Aliso Creek Inn

Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course offers full service suite lodging featuring full kitchens, dining, banquets, meeting services, golf and recreation amongst the historic and inspiring Aliso and Woods Canyons. The Canyon Lodge Special Event Venue accommodates up to 300 guests perfect for a memorable corporate event or celebration.


Casa Laguna Inn & Spa

Bed and Breakfast across from the ocean in Laguna Beach. Rooms designed for one or two adults. Romantic, terraced gardens. Full service spa, charming unique rooms and suites with modern amenities, gourmet breakfast prepared with local ingredients, afternoon wine and cheese, high speed internet, and ocean view garden hot tub.

SLEEP   —  2510 South Coast Hwy


The Whitehouse

The White House Restaurant & Nightclub in Laguna Beach is almost certainly the oldest restaurant in Orange County. Since its opening in 1918 The Whitehouse has been totally renovated and remodeled, and includes dining room with adjacent lounge bar and dance floor. Live music is featured 7 nights a week.


Gina's Pizza and Pastaria

and 1100 South Coast Hwy. +1 949 494-4342. Two locations for some great Italian food including pizza, pastas and hearty sandwiches, with pitchers of beer available. The southern location has outdoor seating for people watching with an ocean view. Friendly and totally casual.



Laguna Beach Art Tours

Get an insider's peek into the hidden world of artists with Laguna Beach Art Tours' home tours. Enter artists' private home studios, see live art demos, amazing locations + purchase original art. Tours ideal for corporate groups, clubs or any special day; by appointment.


Sunset Cove Villas

Has one, two and three bedroom accommodations at a central downtown location with panoramic ocean views. Each villa has fully equipped kitchens, entertainment centers, satellite television and internet access and key-card security doors.

SLEEP   —  683 Sleepy Hollow Ln


Taco Loco

Fast-food ambiance, but quality of the food equals many higher-price restaurants. Favorites include Cajun-spiced seafood tacos, blackened lobster tacos, and the mushroom-and-tofu burgers. Opens late on Friday and Saturday, til 2AM.


Festival of Arts

This fine art festival showcases Orange County’s most accomplished artists during the summer months. Held on the same grounds as the Pageant of the Masters, there are demos, music, and food available in addition to the artwork.

SEE   —  650 Laguna Canyon Rd

Orange Inn

Good for breakfast & brunch, sandwiches, smoothies, coffee and tea. Freshly made baked good include delicious peach muffins. Small indoor seating area, but right next to a lovely stretch of beach if you get your items to-go.


Studio

5PM-10PM Tu-Su (Dinner only). Panoramic ocean views, contemporary French cuisine. A great choice to celebrate a special occasion. Reservation strongly recommended and men should wear a jacket. Dinner $50 and up.


Inn at Laguna Beach

A luxury hotel in Orange County featuring oceanfront suites, for business and leisure travel. This Laguna Beach hotel also offers romantic vacation packages, wedding venues, catering and meeting rooms.


Koffee Klatch

Locally owned, you can get breakfast in the morning and treat yourself to dessert at night. Eclectic decor, big comfy chairs, patio seating and friendly staff. Some of the best coffee in Orange County.


La Casa Del Camino

Built in 1929 as a seaside retreat for Hollywood movie stars, this elegant Mediterranean style landmark offers lodging accommodations with their own unique characteristics and antique furnishings.

SLEEP   —  1289 S. Coast Highway

Montage Resort & Spa Laguna Beach

Sumptuous oceanfront hotel on a bluff with superb service, gorgeous grounds, and delightful views. Facilities for meetings, weddings, spa retreats, as well as a variety of fine dining restaurants.


La Sirena Grill

7AM-10PM Daily. Same great food as the village location, but with plenty of seating indoor and out. Also has 19 taps of craft beers on tap. Also has the advantage of free parking in a large lot.


The Stand

7AM-7PM Daily. If any eatery can be called typically Laguna, this might be it. Only organic vegan ingredients are used in preparations. Smoothies, salads, and pita sandwiches are favorites.

EAT   —  +1 949 494-8101 —  238 Thalia St

Las Brisas

Mexican restaurant that has a patio with some great views of the ocean. Mediocre and expensive food, but excellent views for having a cocktail. It gets pretty packed on a nice summer day.

EAT   —  361 Cliff Dr

Brussels Bistro

Brussels Bistro offers live jazz Tu-Th. On Friday and Saturday the brasserie-style restaurant transforms into one of the hotter nightclubs in town. Happy hour is offered daily from 4-7PM

DRINK   —  +1 949 376-7955 —  222 Forest Ave

Andree's Patisserie

A fantastic little bakery tucked away near French 75 restaurant. Highly recommended to grab some pastries and coffee, then head to the sand for breakfast on the beach.


Rock'n Fish

New Orleans influenced seafood and steak menu, a dozen taps of draft beer and a full bar. Second-floor location has views onto the Main Beach area. Dinner $20 and up.

EAT   —  422 South Coast Hwy

Broadway

5PM-10PM Su-Th, 5PM-11PM Fr-Sa (Dinner only, note: closes at 1AM Fr/Sa but service ends at 11PM). Recently opened, notable wine list. Dinner $40.


The Retreat In Laguna

Completely renovated in 2010, the villas of The Retreat offer luxury vacation rentals and extended-stay accommodations that sleep 4 comfortably.

SLEEP   —  +1 949-376-7170 —  729 Gaviota Dr

La Sirena Grill

Looks like a hole in the wall, seating is limited to a few barstools and handful of tables and benches, but the best Mexican food.


Olamendi's

#202. Mexican restaurant with a view and an extensive menu, including a Lite Menu (300 calories). Dinners about $15.

EAT   —  1100 South Coast Hwy

Hennessey's Tavern

Casual pub with two bars, downstairs and upstairs. Live music most nights. Burgers, Irish comfort food and the like.

DRINK   —  +1 949 494-2743 —  213 Ocean Ave

CA Surf N' Paddle

Stand up paddle & surf lessons $95 for private. $75/person for semi-private. Lessons include wetsuit and board.


Laguna Coffee Company

Locally owned, the coffee beans are roasted in-house. Limited seating inside and along the walkway outside.


Heidelberg Cafe & Bistro

Popular breakfast place that also does lunch. Has indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast $10, Lunch $10-15.


Penguin Cafe

Family-run and very friendly. Popular for breakfast and also serves lunch including malts and milk shakes.


Pacific Edge Hotel

Two heated pools, Jacuzzi, poolside lounge, onsite Beach House restaurant, health club and beach butlers.


Ocean Brewing Company

Casual bar with solid house beer and a cocktail selection. Lunch and dinner, with notable pizza options.

DRINK   —  +1 949 497-3381 —  237 Ocean Ave

Holiday Inn Laguna Beach

Convenient location, across the street from ocean access and a Ralph's supermarket open 24 hrs.


Hotel Laguna

The deck has great views of the beach and (relatively) cheap food like burgers and salads.

EAT   —  425 South Coast Hwy

Art Hotel Laguna Beach

Formerly America's Best Inns. Across the street from the ocean and Crescent Bay Park.


Laguna Reef Inn

Formerly Best Western. To close in 2010; bought by Montage across the street.


Ti Amo

Creative Mediterranean cuisine. Try the seared ahi with a sesame-seed crust.


Wahoos Fish Taco

Popular local chain making fresh, delicious and inexpensive Mexican food.


Café Zinc

Vegetarian café serving breakfast and lunch. Very popular with locals.

EAT   —  +1 949 494-6302 —  350 Ocean Ave

The Sandpiper

About six blocks south of Main Beach, it offers good local music.

DRINK   —  Map

C'est La Vie Restaurant and Bakery

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner main course $15-18.


Healthy Chinese Cuisine

Probably the best eatery in this open-air Food Court.

EAT   —  +1 949 281-6794 —  215 Broadway

Heidelberg Cafe & Bistro

See description above under "Eat".

DRINK   —  1100 South Coast Hwy

Orange Inn

See description above under "Eat".

DRINK   —  703 South Coast Hwy

Adolfo's Mexican Food

9AM-9PM, Daily.

EAT   —  998 South Coast Hwy

Marine Room

In downtown

DRINK   —  214 Ocean Ave


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