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Laguna BeachUnited States of America

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

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Blue Lagoon

4.5/5Wonderful!(37 area reviews)

While visiting Blue Lagoon, you might make a stop by sights like Victoria Beach and Treasure Island Beach.

Blue Lagoon
While traversing the hilly streets of this neighborhood I came across this vintage bike next to a worn garden gate and it caught my eye.

Mystic Hills

While there might not be top attractions in Mystic Hills, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Sawdust Art Festival Grounds and Festival of Arts.

Mystic Hills
Today’s stair workout destination.

South Laguna

While visiting South Laguna, you might make a stop by sights like Victoria Beach and Thousand Steps Beach.

South Laguna

Top Hotels in Laguna Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 $787 per night

Located in Laguna Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Gallery Row and Victoria Beach. Heisler Park and Treasure Island ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (967 reviews)

"Catalina suite was very nice. Will definitely come back and strongly recommend staying here if you haven't been here yet."…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Surf And Sand Resort
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 $219 per night

Located in Laguna Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Gallery Row, and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Victoria Beach. Main Beach Park ...

3.7/5Good! (990 reviews)

"The ladies at the front desk was very helpful. Oceanfront view was beautiful"…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach
Capri Laguna on the Beach
Capri Laguna on the Beach
3 out of 5
1441 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
The price is $193 per night

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 mi (3 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (971 reviews)

"Amazing place to stay at right on the beach. Staff is very accommodating and nice."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Capri Laguna on the Beach

Popular places to visit in Laguna Beach

Victoria Beach
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Victoria Beach

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Victoria Beach, a popular beach in Laguna Beach. Stroll along the seaside or visit the shops while you're in the area.

Heisler Park
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Heisler Park

5/5(17 reviews)

During your trip to Laguna Beach, enjoy the surf and sand at Heisler Park along with the surfing. Discover the area's top-notch restaurants and its acclaimed art scene.

Main Beach Park
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Main Beach Park

4.5/5(812 reviews)

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Main Beach Park, a lovely green space in Laguna Beach. Stroll along the seaside or seek out the surfing spots.

Thousand Steps Beach
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Thousand Steps Beach

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Thousand Steps Beach during your travels in Laguna Beach?

Table Rock Beach
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Table Rock Beach

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Table Rock Beach during your travels in Laguna Beach? Wander the seaside or discover the area's sunsets.

Aliso Beach Park
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Aliso Beach Park

5/5(52 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Aliso Beach Park might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Laguna Beach. Wander the seaside or discover the area's sunsets.

Top things to do in Laguna Beach

The South OC Craft Brewery Tour
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The South OC Craft Brewery Tour

$89
Per adult
Sustainable Living in Laguna Beach Small Group Guided Tour
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Sustainable Living in Laguna Beach Small Group Guided Tour

$45
Per adult
Laguna Beach Small Group Art, Americana & Sweet Treats Tour
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Laguna Beach Small Group Art, Americana & Sweet Treats Tour

$79
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Laguna Beach
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Vacation Photographer in Laguna Beach

$250
Per adult
Private SUV: Getty Center
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Private SUV: Getty Center

$202
Per adult
Fun Laguna Beach, CA family portrait Session
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Fun Laguna Beach, CA family portrait Session

$667
Per adult

Reviews of Laguna Beach

4.7

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Beautiful place. Wonderful beaches, shopping, dining.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 8, 2020

i loved it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2020

It's a nice upscale, well-located town with lots of art available.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 10, 2020

Beautiful town!And loved the Vibe.

4/5 - Good

Alice

Mar 3, 2020

Too much traffic, but pretty.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

Nice place but too much traffic

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