Take a Drive
Just a few miles north or south of Laguna Beach are some great spots worth checking out! Hop in the car and explore some of our favorite spots.
Huntington Beach – Surf City
Huntington Beach is best known for their surf culture, with 8.5 miles of uninterrupted beaches. The city features the most consistent waves on the West Coast. The Huntington Beach Pier is the iconic heart of the city. At 1,800 ft, it’s one of the longest municipal piers in California, and it stands as the city’s front porch to the wide open Pacific. Grab a bite to eat at the red-roofed Ruby’s Diner, which sits at the end of the pier.
Historic San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano is home to "The Jewel of the Missions" and has been the center of Orange County since its founding in 1776. Today it is one of California's most important historical, cultural, and educational centers. The Los Rios Historic District includes 31 structures which line both sides of Los Rios Street between Del Obispo and Mission Streets. In addition to historic sites, San Juan Capistrano is home to charming restaurants and shopping.
Take a Hike or Go for a Bike
Hiking is a great way to explore the Laguna Beach area. There are many different trails for various levels of hikers. Some trails are gentle with only minor slopes and other hiking trails are filled with challenging vertical inclines. All trails can promise a great view along with beautiful flora and fauna.
Aliso Summit Trail:
This fairly easy hike makes it way along the southern ridge of the Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park. As you walk you'll find the park to your right and suburbs and homes to your left, so you don't really get an out in nature feel to the hike. However, there is plenty of room for bikers, hikers, dog walkers and runners and at the end you’ll have a really nice view of the ocean and Aliso Beach County Park.
The trailhead is located in Laguna Niguel (near Mission Viejo) at the intersection of Highlands Avenue and Ridgeview Drive.
Crystal Cove/El Moro Canyon:
This popular trail begins and ends at the El Moro Visitor Center. The loop gives you a tour of the El Moro Canyon, then climbs over 800' in elevation to the ridge line, where you'll enjoy some of the best coastline views in the park. Crystal Cove State Park is located off Pacic Coast Highway, about two miles south of the town of Corona del Mar or one mile north of Laguna Beach. Turn inland on the short park road, signed El Moro Canyon. There is no water, except at the visitor center. This hike has a substantial elevation gain and can get hot, but the views are worth it!
A part of the Laguna Canyon Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon is located on Laguna Canyon Road (133) just South of El Toro Road. Willow Canyon Trail-Laurel Canyon Trail is a great loop for hikers with oak- and sycamore-shaded canyons in the undeveloped Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, once a cattle ranch. The two adjacent canyons connect on Willow Ridge, a scenic coastal ridge that overlooks the San Joaquin Hills, the coastal canyons, and the Pacific Ocean.
Take a Boat
Southern California is the perfect spot for whale watching. December through April is the prime grey whale migration period, which brings hundreds of whales along the Laguna Beach coastline. May through November brings warmer waters and the opportunity to view blue whales, finback whales, huge pods of dolphin that number in the thousands, seals, killer whales and sharks. Newport Landing provides multiple whale watching trips daily departing from Newport Beach, offering tours year round.
http://www.danawharf.com/14wbou30.htm or http://www.newportwhales.com
Renting a Duffy Electric Boat is the perfect way to enjoy an afternoon or evening, cruising and exploring the beautiful Newport Bay. Newport Harbor has several great places to tie up and dine or bring a picnic on board!
Balboa Island Ferry
The Balboa Island Ferry is a great way to quickly get across the harbor and enjoy the beautiful scenery at the same time. You can ride the ferry on foot, bicycle or in your vehicle. The ferry can be accessed from either the Newport peninsula side or Balboa Island.
Catalina Island is our beautiful neighbor just off the coast. Hop on the Catalina Flyer for a day full of adventure. Enjoy biking, a self guided golf cart tour of Avalon, fishing parasailing, scuba diving or just dining and enjoying a cocktail at one of the many restaurants that are home to the island.
Take a Tour
Welcome to Laguna
The famous gate that welcomes you to the city and reads: The Gate Hangs Well and Hinders None, Refresh and Rest, Then Travel On," was built in 1935. It still stands at the corner of Forest and Park avenues.
OC Wildlife & Beach Tour
Experience the beautiful California Riviera and the hidden treasures of Orange County on a ½ day tour through paradise. Offering several ½ day tours including Wildlife & Beach Ecotours, an Orange County Tour, an art tour and more. Visit www.ocwildlifebeachtour.com or www.toursorangecounty.com for more information.
2nd Smallest Church in the World
St. Francis by the Sea is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the second smallest Catholic Church in the world. Built in 1933 with rubble salvaged from the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, and has a total of 42 seats.
Wyland, the world-famous marine artist, posted his first Whaling Wall on Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, not more than 100 yards from the very place he'd seen gray whales as a child in 1970. The mural was dedicated on July 9, 1981 by Mrs. John Wayne.
Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters
The third best festival in United States, this Summer festival tradition has been celebrated for 80 years now
Laguna Art Museum
It is the oldest museum in the State of California. Located on one of the busiest streets of Laguna Beach, and is about 300 feet from the ocean, one of the best museum in the world to visit.
The Laguna Playhouse is the oldest continually operating theater for more than 95 years now. Famous for its artistic excellence and wide-range of performing arts, it has featured many talented artist on stage including Leslie Caron, Val Kilmer, Ed Asner, Hershey Felder, Linda Purl, Rita Rudner, Lee Rocker, ballerina Misty Copeland, Harrison Ford and Bette Davis.