Laguna Beach Travel Guide

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Laguna Beach Highlights

  • Pro
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     Walking the "Laguna-unique" cliffs & beaches, sunsets, vistas, good restaurants, hotels and clubs 

  • Con
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     to expensive,to busy in the summer best in the winter 

  • In a nutshell
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     Laguna Beach has a lot of beauty and surprises. 

Laguna Beach Things to Do

  • Sunset and Dusk at the beach

    Why is Laguna Beach worth taking the time to write VT pages about? In a nutshell, walking the beach and the glorious sunsets. Here is a quick low-resolution sunset shot from a cheap cr@ppy digital camera. No camera can completely diminish the beauty of a Laguna Beach sunset. Wanna' see some amazing Laguna Beach sunsets taken with a good...

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  • Heisler Park

    This park offers one of the best scenic views of Laguna Beach. There's a Lawn Bowling court at this park. People who bowl at this park dress in white outfits and try to talk in with a British accent. SCUBA divers also use this park to dive of the various beaches.

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  • Laguna Playhouse

    While you're in Laguna Beach, you can catch a performance at the wonderful Laguna Playhouse. This is a very popular theatre in Southern California, and more than 110,000 theatregoers attend performances there every year. The Laguna Playhouse was originally founded in 1920. The first theatre was built in 1924, but the Playhouse moved to a new...

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Laguna Beach Hotels

Laguna Beach Restaurants

  • Get The Best Gourmet Slice by the Beach!

    Like your pizza fancy like me? Pizza Lounge is the place to go. for a high class bite - everytime. Located just steps from the beach along Coast Highway, Pizza Lounge is the best gourmet pizzeria in town. For those like me on the go in Laguna Beach, PL satisfies with a variety of slices consistently available. There are about 22 combinations of...

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  • Good Food but Dark Ambience

    This is not going to be a glaring recommendation but an okay one. If everything else is packed, you can eat here. It's not bad but not amazing. I ordered pork tacos (and forgot to take a picture). It originally came out as pork sliders and had them take it back. The tacos were delicious but more of an appetizer than an entree. It was enough for me...

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  • Have Gioia (Joy) in Gelato!

    So you scream for ice cream italiano? No need to book your flight to Roma or Milano if you are in southern California. Go to Laguna Beach for Gelato Paradiso. Yes, AUTHENTIC is the key here. What you want off the menu is of real ingredients- milk with your favorite flavor like chocolate or strawberry and not a hard-pronouncing multi-syllable,...

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Laguna Beach Nightlife

  • The White House

    Been around 'forever' - Depends on who you talk to: Some hate it and call it a meat market, but it has remained popular over the years. Lately it's claim to fame appears to be Taco Tuesday Their website (lately) doesn't tell you s#t

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  • The Sandpiper

    Sometimes referred to as the "dirty bird" (you'll understand once you've been there) The Sandpiper is a casual local place with live music, but some nights lots of tourists/out-of-towners as well. Can be dead or busy, just depends on what's happening at the time. The staff/crew are friendly. Large quantities of alcohol are regularly consumed on...

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  • Mosun Sushi and Club M

    oh fu#$* - my Laguna beach goddess - Diane Armitage has just recently posted that Mosun is now closed as of August 2011. - Boom Boom Room and now this - maybe I will just kill myself. (I can hear the cheers now) - Old tip below: ______________ Mosun has excellent sushi & drinks. Club M upstairs has the young and the beautiful, with DJs...

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Laguna Beach Transportation

  • Go to Laguna via Disneyland for cheap!

    Here's a great way to discover the great Laguna area for the traveller who comes to southern California to visit Disneyland. OCTA bus 83, which leaves just a short walking distance from the main Disneyland entrance gate, is an excellent public transport to get eventually to Laguna Beach. The 83 goes on the freeway for much of the hour...

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  • Travel conveniently in unique Laguna...

    It should be applauded that Laguna Beach is the only community in Orange county which runs its own local transit. The system makes it all the more easy to discover the gorgeous beachtown. The ride is quite enjoyable on the open air trolley car with ample seating (That is, when the passengership is not at capacity).During the busy tourist-filled...

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  • Pay Troll

    The toll road was not a value when the freeways were moving well. Driving south to Laguna Beach, I took the Google Maps recommended path including the toll road. There were few cars on the 405 freeway, so I could easily have taken that south to the 133/Laguna Canyon road. The wait at the toll booth and the toll itself (see wikipedia for amounts)...

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Laguna Beach Shopping

  • Home decor store with lots of...

    A home furnishings store with some interesting items. Worth checking out if you are in the area. I just love shopping in Laguna Beach. It's always interesting.

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  • An Awesome Gift Shop

    Located on Forest Street in a beautiful rustic cottage is the Fawn Memories Gift Shop. The shop has a wonderful selection of cards, gift items and souvenirs. You can also find cute and useful sun hats, beach bags, towels and just about anything with a beach theme. The gold trimmed shells in the picture are the bargain of the day at $1.95

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  • A Unique Shop for Gifts and Home...

    Areo is a favorite shops in the quaint & walkable little village of Laguna Beach. When you walk in the door the smell of fine scented soap and candles fills the air. There are also nice earthy gift items, cards and accent pieces for the home and garden. The shop is upscale but not outrageously priced. And if you end up buying something, be sure to...

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Laguna Beach Local Customs

  • Color "trails" off the eyelashes before...

    The warmth of the sun....© Brian WilsonIf you click on the link below, then on 'View slideshow' "The Life of Brian"Let's go away for a while..you can see a Quicktime slideshow / pics of Brian & listen to some of his music. I am a huge Brian Wilson fan. To this day, "Caroline No" still just kills me.Quote:"... Jesus, that ear. He should donate it to...

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  • Art Festivals

    Seems there is always an art festival going on in Laguna Beach any time of the year.Good points: some of the art is interesting and very good;Bad points: like anything in SoCal, if something cool is going on, and if you want to do it, so do 8 million other swingin' dicks, so it is usually crowded and the traffic on PCH and 133 can be murder. Other...

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  • See "blue" in a sea of "red"...

    or, in the end, see "purple"! OK, what is the deal, you ask? Here it is:California is commonly a blue state- blue representing the Democratic party in general election voting. However, regions within the state, including Orange county, generally are linked the opposite way- red, or to the Republican party. Politically, Laguna Beach has stood out...

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Laguna Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • Fog Often Envelopes the Area At Night

    When we drove to visit a friend who's home is at the Top of the World, we struggled against a severe fog that enveloped the windy canyon roads. If you face this problem, drive very carefully and slow...

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  • Watch out for sliding houses

    I remember this used to happen when I was living there. Looks like it still does.With all the steep hills and canyons, all it takes is a little sustained rainy season combined with some wildfires, and you get significant mudslides.June 1, 2005 Bluebird Canyon about 15 blocks from the beach in the Flamingo road area of Laguna Beach, about (so far)...

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  • Do not drink and climb

    The cliffs from beach up to Heisler Park are steeper than they look.I am telling you because I know.One early evening after a long, relaxing sunset dinner and some drinks at the Beach House I decided to walk out in the surf to the rocks, sit and watch the last of the sunset. My timing was bad, as the tide came in fast and trapped me in the cove...

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Laguna Beach Tourist Traps

  • not the Real OC - laguna beach

    there are many homeless people. also, many people have lived here for a long time and are struggling. It's not all RICH! there are public restrooms all over. nice, and clean, but the homeless are all over. No high end stores or 3 star french restaurants. the ritz and st. regis are in laguna nigel. mostly artists here. all hotels are majorly...

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  • Laguna Beach

    The Laguna Art Museum---I love art but for $10.00 a head to get into this place is sure not worth it. Part of the art that was on exhibit at the time was modern and it was terrible I thought. But what really got me and was on display in the middle of the museum in the middle of the floor was a enclosed exhibit. Upon looking into this exhibit,...

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  • Don't judge this place by what you see...

    Please don't! I was reading online about a person who is so offended by MTV's reality show, "Laguna Beach : The Real Orange County" that he stated he would never come here to see in person. This is really sad commentary! OK people, don't take this silly reality shows on TRUE real places to heart. MTV's version of Laguna Beach severely lacks to show...

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Laguna Beach What to Pack

  • At 1000 Steps Beach you'll want footwear

    Laguna Beach this February weekend was warm until the sun set -- and then it quickly got nippy and then downright cold within 1/2 hour. Learn to use the "backlit" setting on your camera. At 1000 Steps Beach (I counted 231 steps), with a surf advisory in effect the waves hitting the rocks being spectacular made up for the poor tide pools...

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  • The usual beachware

    Backpack for hiking canyons Shades, swimsuit, flipflops, and a towel (the water is colder than it looks). Sunscreen (hat is optional for your bald spot) Bring your best foto gear, lenses and haze filters, and / or lots of batteries for the digital camera. Laguna Beach, Orange County and the surrounding canyons are a photographers dream. Money....

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  • Packing List

    Adventure Travel Bring a water-resistant camera if you plan to take pictures near the water. There's many nice reefs along the coast of Laguna Beach which attract many kinds of marine life. So plan on taking along your swim suit and snorkel gear to see the underwater sites.

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Laguna Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • Views

    Much of the attention of Laguna Beach is centered in the northern coast, featuring the main beach, and the renowed venues like the playhouse and city museum. However, less spoiled beaches and the ultra luxurious resort, Montage are highlights of the southern Pacific Ocean bordering half of LB worth checking. If you wish to avoid the crowds, pitch...

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  • Shop, stay with the Locals (Laguna...

    Discover more in the "Lagunas". Laguna Beach is the big tourist draw but if you want to mix in more with the locals, head east to Laguna Hills. Though not blessed with coastline, L.H., a separate city from L.B., is more quiet with less traffic and slower paced (big senior population :-). Laguna Hills Mall is an attraction for some who love bargains...

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  • Seek Out South (Laguna) Beach

    Much of the attention of Laguna Beach is centered in the northern coast, featuring the main beach, and the renowed venues like the playhouse and city museum. However, less spoiled beaches and the ultra luxurious resort, Montage are highlights of the southern Pacific Ocean bordering half of LB worth checking. If you wish to avoid the crowds, pitch...

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Laguna Beach Sports & Outdoors

  • Surfing

    You can buy, take lessons, & rent all your surf gear here. Rod Greenup is the helpful & knowledgeable owner / instructor. Laguna Beach is perfect for the beginner / amateur just starting out, as the waves on the southern part of the beach are not huge or dangerous. Check it out here: Costa Azul Surfboard and wetsuit (Get the wetsuit.... the...

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  • Hike at Alta Laguna Park

    Alta means upper in Spanish, and Alta Laguna Park is as high up as you can go in Laguna. This area is called Top of the World and has some amazing views over the Laguna Beach Coastline and the inland Aliso Wood Canyons on the opposite side of the ridge line. For people who like to hike there is a great intermediate hiking trail. Alta Laguna Park...

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  • Kayak in the Pacific with Overboard...

    Kayaking with the guys from Overboard Adventures was so fun! It was a cool experience to kayak in the ocean.Being from the Midwest, I didn't know what to expect, but the guides were very patient while explaining how to paddle & steer to me and my friends. We went along the shore and saw sea lions, cormorants, and pelicans out resting in the sun on...

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Laguna Beach Favorites

  • Beaches and Tide Pools

    Here's a site so you can always see what's up on the beach. (daylight only) click below: Laguna Beach WebCam keep refreshing the cam (F5), it updates and changes location constantly.

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  • Virtual Laguna: Laguna Beach Webcam

    Here's a site so you can always see what's up on the beach. (daylight only) click below:Laguna Beach WebCam keep refreshing the cam (F5), it updates and changes location constantly.

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  • Cheaper Eats at Breakers

    Beware in Laguna- not of sharks, but of pricey food! If you are looking for low price options and flavor, head to the Breakers food court area featuring American variety at Breakers, Mexican food at Taco Laguna, and Chinese (Chinese Combo). These offerings are located on 213 Broadway, just off Coast Highway.

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