Laguna Beach is Southern California’s premier coastal destination. Located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, this seven-mile stretch of sand and surf offers a year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beachgoers.

Things To Do in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is Southern California’s premier coastal destination, nestled between seven miles of hidden coves and majestic canyons. A year round retreat for art lovers, outdoor adventurers, beachgoers, families and romantics, we know you’ll enjoy the town’s offerings. 
Laguna Beach has a long-standing history as the vacation destination for Los Angeles and Orange County residents alike. This is where you can unwind and enjoy the convergence of art, nature, relaxation and adventure.

Top attractions include

7° [seven-degrees]

Experience a new angle on art in Laguna Beach. [seven-degrees] is not only an architectural wonder but an idea lab for the promotion of artistic endeavor. Visiting artists work and live on the premises. Their studios are open to the public during gallery hours and their latest works are available for discussion. Mon.–Fri. 10am–5pm, Sat. and Sun. by appointment.

* 891 Laguna Canyon Road
* Laguna Beach, CA 92651
* (949) 376-1555
* Toll Free: (866) 733-4733

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Captain Dave’s Whale Watching With Underwater Viewing

Be one of the pod and feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins and whales underwater, without getting wet, in our exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods!  Your heart will race as mega-pods of wild dolphins surround the boat and, with our Eye-Spy Dolphin & Whale Tram Nets, swim just inches under your feet. Year-round magnificent whales including blue whales, gray whales, humpback whales, fin whales, and more offer captivating encounters often described by passengers as “better than Disneyland”! And at the conclusion of your whale watching safari, you’ll enjoy one of Mrs. Captain Dave’s famous triple fudge brownies.

So gather your friends, family and kids, and prepare to get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the sea, aboard the acclaimed whale watching adventure hailed by CBS Los Angeles as offering “…the best whale watching in the world…”!  Captain Dave’s safaris provide eco-friendly marine wildlife viewing aboard uncrowded, fully narrated, customized catamarans for a fun and educational whale watching experience.

* 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive
* Dana Point, CA 92629
* (949) 488-2828
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Cruise Newport Beach – Cruises & Rentals

Choose from a huge selection of public cruises including sunset, live music, evening, brunch, fiesta, holiday, and many more.  Cruise Newport Beach also offers yacht and ship rentals for all size events.  Included in our fleet is a two level 2016 Corinthian Catamaran perfect for parties and celebrations of all types. Snacks and drinks will be available on the boat. Outside food is welcome; however, please note that glass, hard plastic coolers and outside alcohol are not permitted.

* 400 Main Street
* Newport Beach, CA 92661
* (949) 673-1489
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Davey’s Locker/Newport Landing $20 Whale Watching

Year-round whale watching cruises. $20 Laguna Beach Special. View many varieties of whales which include the giant blue whale which is over 90 feet in length, several types of dolphin, seals, and other neat marine life.  Newport Landing offers multiple whale watching cruises daily every day and with a 96% success rate viewing whales and/or dolphins, almost every trip will have viewing opportunities.

* 309 Palm St., #A
* Newport Beach, CA 92661
* (949) 675-0551
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Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special loan exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field.

Laguna Art Museum stands just steps from the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the early California artists who had discovered the town and transformed it into a vibrant arts community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of today’s Laguna Art Museum.
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-9pm
Wednesday: Closed
Closed: Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

* 307 Cliff Drive at North Coast Hwy.
* Laguna Beach, CA 92651
* (949) 494-8971
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Laguna Art-A-Fair

Discover 125 local and national fine artists at this juried fine art festival. Listen to live music Thursday-Sunday, enjoy outdoor cuisine at Tivoli Too! restaurant, join an art workshop or simply enjoy the artists as they create in their booths. Open daily June 29-September 2, 2018.
This year’s Laguna Art-A-Fair- known as the Gem in the Canyon- will present a new feature connecting fine art with luxury home design. An expansive New luxury Home Display area and home design-related workshops to help festival goers envision fine art in their own homes.

* 777 Laguna Canyon Road
* Laguna Beach, CA 92651
* (949) 494-4514
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* The Laguna Play house

The Laguna Playhouse is the oldest continuously operating theater on the West Coast and has produced national tours of “The Belle of Amherst” (with Julie Harris) and “Copenhagen,” and has presented many world, national and regional premieres featuring notable performers from Bette Davis to Harrison Ford. The award-winning and critically acclaimed Playhouse invites you to enjoy the magic of live theatre as in an intimate setting just steps away dining, shopping and the beach.

* 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.
* Laguna Beach, CA 92651
* (949) 497-2787
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Restaurants in Laguna Beach

From quaint cafes and bistros to fine dining establishments, ocean view dining or family-friendly spots, Laguna Beach has an array of options to indulge in the pleasure of eating. With more than 100 restaurants along the seven-mile span of coastline, you are sure to find any type of cuisine to satisfy your taste for the extraordinary. The majority of restaurants are independently-owned and this pride of ownership has served as the foundation to this world-class culinary destination. 

Top spots include

230 Forest Avenue
* 230 Forest Ave.
* Laguna Beach, CA 92651
* (949) 494-2545
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Asada Tacos + Beer
* 610 North Coast Hwy.
* #108
* Laguna Beach, CA 92651
* (949) 226-7263
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Brussels Bistro
* 222 Forest Ave.
* Laguna Beach, CA 92651
* (949) 376-7955
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C’est La Vie
* 373 South Coast Hwy.
* Laguna Beach, CA 92651
* (949) 497-5100
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Catmosphere Laguna
* 381 Forest Ave
* Suite 100A
* Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Hotels

The hotel offerings in Laguna Beach are diverse and perfect for making your dream vacation a reality. We are here to provide you with information to help you start your vacation planning and booking the perfect place to stay.

Looking to wake up to the sound of the surf? Then book a beachfront hotel, as Laguna Beach boasts more beachfront lodging properties than any other city in California.

If you’re looking for a luxury resort, then you must stay at Montage Laguna Beach or Surf & Sand Resort, both which have unparalleled services and amenities. If you’re interested in a quiet, more quaint resort property, then look no further, as The Ranch at Laguna Beach was recently named as one of National Geographic’s Lodges of the World.

If you’re looking for a hotel geared towards family travel, Laguna Beach has numerous options jammed packed with kid-friendly activities and amenities. If your traveling with your four-legged family member, many of the hotels, both historic and new, are pet-friendly and offer amenities that cater to your pets.

The Laguna Beach coastline is dotted with boutique hotels and charming cottages each with their own personality. Many are located close to the downtown village, and in walking distance to one of Laguna Beach’s thirty coves and beaches, shopping, restaurants and event venues.

Weddings

Laguna Beach is the perfect destination in Orange County for weddings, events and celebrations. With venues ranging from oceanfront hotels and resorts to a pristine golf course set back in the canyon, you will find the perfect place to celebrate your event.

If you’re interested in getting married on the beach, bookings can be made through the City of Laguna Beach. Call 949-497-0716.

Laguna Beach has a variety of settings perfect for same-sex weddings. We invite you to exchange your vows in the quaint, beachfront village. If you’ve chosen to tie the knot in a legalized same-sex marriage state, then celebrate the beginning of your lives together with your reception in Laguna Beach.

Looking for a unique gift for the bride and groom or wedding party? With a variety of boutiques and specialty stores, you are sure to find the perfect gift in Laguna Beach!

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