Relaxing Weekend in Laguna Beach

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Curator’s statement

Nestled in the beautiful hills and surrounded by beaches boasting crystal-clear water, Laguna Beach is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. Explore Laguna Beach by hiking a coastal trail, snorkeling at a secluded, picturesque cove, or strolling through an art studio in the quaint downtown. Laguna Beach is noted for having some of California's most beautiful beaches and is home to world-class art, making it a premiere coastal destination.

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Things to do in Laguna beach

a beautiful view of the ocean with foliage and a wooden bench for sitting to enjoy the view and listen to the ocean.

Enjoy hiking or mountain biking in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Try the Dartmoor Trail and be rewarded with panoramic coastal views.

Visit Heisler Park, which offers breathtaking views of the Pacific and features art installations from local artists.

Visit a scenic cove. Check out 1,000 steps beach (Okay, more like 218!) for a secluded and breathtaking beach experience. If you're not up for the 218 stairs, Treasure Island Beach is a great alternative. This secret gem, located between Victoria Beach and Aliso Creek Beach, offers the clearest waters in Laguna Beach. It also boasts some of the best tide pools and snorkeling in Laguna.

If snorkeling is your vibe, Crescent Bay Beach is a large cove off the North Coast Highway that is another prime location for snorkelers or sunset viewing.

Stroll into a local art gallery on Gallery Row. Located along North Coast Highway, explore the many art galleries full of paintings, sculptures, and other artwork. If you happen to be in town on the first Thursday of the month, make sure you join the free Monthly Art Walk from 6-9PM to check out the local art scene and enjoy refreshments and live music!

While in Laguna, be sure to check out the Laguna Art Museum, showcasing California art and contemporary exhibits.

Day Trips:

Take a scenic drive up the stunning Coast Highway to Newport Beach (For inspiration, check my guide, Best of Newport Beach).

Places to Eat & Drink in Laguna beach

  • A popular local spot, Zinc Cafe offers the best gourmet breakfast in Laguna. Sit outside on their garden terrace and enjoy the peaceful scenery as you indulge in a delicious meal.

  • Las Brisas pairs some of the best Mexican food (and margaritas!) in town with spectacular panoramic ocean views.

  • The Deck offers oceanfront dining, specializing in fresh seafood and creative cocktails.

  • Head to Nick's for Californian comfort fare in an upscale yet casual dining environment.

  • Enjoy the 180-degree ocean views from the multi-tiered patio as you dine at The Cliff. Enjoy the fire pits and live music 6 nights a week!

  • Sapphire features fresh and seasonal ingredients, top of the line meats and seafood, and worldwide wine selections.

  • Enjoy California-inspired seaside cuisine with a Mediterranean flair in the oceanfront dining room at Splashes.

  • After dinner, be sure to stop by Gelato Paradiso for some authentic Italian gelato.

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Best of North County San Diego. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to California.

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