PREMIER SPECIALTY SUP SHOP We’ll set a privately scheduled demo on any beach of your choice, and bring out multiple SUP options for you to try. Come check out the SUP showroom today!
Laguna Beach’s only performing arts theater, The Laguna Playhouse is a cultural and educational force in the city. Adhering to the highest standards of artistic excellence, the theater has presented memorable productions since its launch in 1920. Visit the website for current productions.
A haven for both art connoisseurs and neophytes, the Laguna Art Museum houses only California art across all periods and styles from the 19th century to present day. Summer exhibitions include “Faux Real” (June 2 -Sept. 29)—a group exhibition that features installation artists and sculptors who recreate reality with a twist, using offbeat materials.
The oldest, non-profit education foundation in Orange County, SchoolPower has raised money for Laguna Beach public schools since 1981. SchoolPower, the Laguna Beach Education Foundation, is governed by a board of parent trustees. Our success depends on a multitude of hard-working volunteers, a part-time and dedicated staff and a generous community. Each year, we fundraise through our annual Community Campaign and several Events. The money provides the four Laguna Beach public schools—El Morro Elementary, Top of the World Elementary, Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School—with valued educational programs and resources. A percentage of the annual money raised also sustains the SchoolPower Endowment Foundation, which in turn supports the Teacher Grant Program.
The Surfing Heritage is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting surfing’s heritage for the appreciation and education of current and future generations; and to achieving our goal of surfing being more accurately understood, represented and enjoyed.
Crystal Cove State Park (6 miles). This trail consists of the very last stretch of open coastal land in Orange County. Trail visitors will enjoy lush valleys, rolling hills, ocean view, and a beautiful State Park known as Crystal Cove. Length of this trial is 6 total mile loop and categorized as moderate, steep, and technical. Trail is open year-round.
Thalia Street Park (near Thalia Street Beach) features an ocean view and benches.
This year’s festival is located at the Laguna Playhouse and bringing world-class musicians from Brooklyn and Los Angeles to present a diverse range of concerts and events in Laguna Beach. The festival will include a world premiere by composer/musician Gabriel Kahane and the week promises to be an exploration starting from the annals of classical music to the most contemporary and avant-garde new works coming out of the Brooklyn music scene.
International Spa Laguna at Hotel Laguna Located inside the historic Hotel Laguna, International Spa Laguna offers guests a full-service day spa fit for royalty. Treatments and services include massage therapy, skin care, makeup application, lash extensions and more.
Offering one-on-one personal training, Code Green promotes a robust regimen that focuses on strength training and muscle building.
Located in south Laguna, West Street Beach is known for its pristine shores as well as the fact that it is Laguna’s most historically gay-friendly beach. Very popular among local families and tourists alike, the gentle waves make it perfect for swimming, surfing or basking in the sun.
What better way to explore Laguna Beach than by surfing or snorkeling? At Laguna Surf and Snorkel, guests are given the best of both worlds with surf lessons or snorkeling tours. The snorkeling tour is a two-hour underwater experience with a knowledgeable local who will show guests the magic of Laguna’s marine life.
The Laguna Beach Film Society screens carefully-selected films including independent, documentary, classic films, and brings filmmakers and actors to Laguna Beach. Offerings reflect the museum’s focus on the art, people, places, and history of California. Screenings take place the third Thursday of each month.
Fire Station Three is located in the Top of the World neighborhood. It serves TOW and the Arch Beach Heights neighborhood as well. It is staffed 24 hours a day and houses a 2002 American La France fire engine.
Enjoy being pampered and browse avant-garde fashion in an intimate setting. Look for styles from international designers such as Sarina Couture, Baccio and Abyss, as well as domestic designers including Donatella and Kimikal. More than just fashion, the shop also offers access to professional hair and makeup artists to help you perfect your look from head to toe.
Owner Tania Clark brings her expertise and years of experience to her salon, where she ensures each guest is treated with professionalism. Boasting a friendly and inviting atmosphere, Tania Clark Salon offers great haircuts with great people.
Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching. Discover the best year round whale watching in the world! Our high-tech Catamaran Sailboat with Underwater Viewing Pods offers up close and personal whale watching and dolphin watching. Our new luxury Power Catamaran offers premier accommodations and the opportunity to learn about and participate in dolphin and whale research. Best year round whale watching in the world! Get up close and personal with Blue Whales, Gray Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Killer whales, and five species of wild dolphins that can number in herds of up to 10,000.
Nestled on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Virginia Way, Fire Station Four is located in the City neighborhood of South Laguna and is staffed 24 hours a day. It houses two engines; a 2006 American La France and a 1997 Emergency One. As a paramedic unit, this station is not only responsible for Laguna Beach but for areas of Laguna Niguel and Dana Point as well.
Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of stranded or injured marine mammals along the Orange County coastline. Guests are welcome daily to say hello to the center’s sea lion and seal guests. The center is open daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with free admission (donations encouraged).
Ruby Street Park is tiny, but makes up for what it lacks in size with charm. The lush landscaping makes the park an ideal space for a picnic lunch near Woods Cove Beach.
Concerts in the Park – Bluebird (July – Aug). Enjoy an evening of live music in one of the many parks across Laguna Beach.
Located right on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, Paris Salon offers the luxury and professionalism that guests look for when outsourcing their beauty regimen. Offering a wide range of services, from cut and color to special occasion up-dos, the salon will meet all guests’ beauty needs.
The Laguna Beach Library offers visitors the perfect place to enjoy a good book while gazing at the beautiful ocean. The recently refurbished space contains 18 computers for public use, a printer/copier and DVD rentals. The new furniture in the children’s section offers a comfortable place for the little ones to curl up and relax with a story as well.
Owned and operated by fitness guru Dr. Jack M. Lynn, Time Defiance Fitness takes one-on-one personal training to the next level. Mentor Jack will help those seeking better health and fitness create a custom program that reaches their goals.
The iconic Laguna Beach Lifeguard Tower was originally contructed as an office space in the 1920’s and sat accross the street from its current home on Main Beach. It was moved and re-purposed as a lifeguard tower in the 1930’s, it is now one of the most well-known Laguna Beach landmarks.
Chic Nails is a full service nail salon specializing in Nail art, Callus treatment, Paraffin hand wax, French style manicures and more.
Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy (Nov – Dec).Experience unique artwork by 175 artists, live holiday entertainment, great outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, petting zoo, Santa and much, much more! With amazing art gifts, thousands of holiday decorations and picture-perfect moments, the Sawdust’s Winter Fantasy will become your family’s holiday tradition.
Based in Laguna Beach, Hoffy Tours is dedicated to giving California’s guests a unique and memorable adventure. From exploring Southern California’s Temecula wine country to sightseeing the best that Orange County has to offer, Hoffy Tours will make your vacation one to remember for years to come.
The 42nd annual Village Laguna Charm House Tour is scheduled for Sunday, May 18, 2014. The tour features unique homes in Laguna Beach presented by Village Laguna. This year’s homes are located in the North Laguna neighborhood. The houses featured this year include both regal contemporary homes and classical structures, some newly-renovated and others which maintain their original beauty. Charted buses will pick up participants at designated areas. Tickets can be obtained by writing to: P.O. Box 1309, Laguna Beach, CA 92652, visiting the website, or purchased at shops throughout Laguna.
A premier salon and spa located in the heart of Laguna Beach, The Pink Palace is the ideal place to get pampered. Guests can receive a variety of affordable services, from cut and color to body wraps and facials.
La Vida Laguna offers kayak, paddleboard, & surf lessons, rentals and tours. They are launched from one of the calmest, wave-protected coves into the beautiful Laguna coastline, with a stunning array of sea life; abundant kelp forests, pods of dolphin, colonies of sea lions, and a robust population of blue and grey whales. We also produce group events, team-building, mountain biking, hiking, and coastal catering.
El Moro Canyon Loop (8.3 miles). This trail is categorized as moderate to strenuous skill level. Mountain bikes are allowed. Length of this trail is 5 hours and covering 8.3 total miles. Best season to enjoy this trail is October through May. Trail visitors will climb to an elevation of 1,400 feet and enjoy views of the spine of a prominent ridge and upper El Moro Canyon’s fine oak woodlands.
Art of Fitness Gym & Day Spa. A state-of-the-art spa located inside a beautiful oceanfront fitness center, Art of Fitness Gym & Day Spa keeps you in top shape. Offering everything from deep-tissue massages to European facials and waxing, the spa aims to give guests a first-class experience every visit.
Main Beach is the largest and most popular stretch of sand in Laguna Beach, located in the heart of downtown where Pacific Coast Highway and Ocean Avenue intersect. Although surfing is not permitted, many activities such as beach volleyball, basketball and strolling the boardwalk make this a premier destination for tourists and locals alike.
Essence of Health is the most unique fitness boutique in Laguna Beach. Nesselted in the beautiful Laguna Nursery in the heart of the HIP District, Owner Yvonne Kohsel, brings the latest phenomenon’s to create an ideal workout for her clients. Yvonne’s exclusive programs are deigned to offer you a truly unique experience. As a nutritionist she understands that diet is 80% of the equation and works individually with her clients to formulate an eating plan to fit their lifestyle and goals so they can achieve optimal results.
Big Bend-Bommer Ridge-Laguna Ridge Loop (3.2 miles). This trail is categorized as easy to moderate. This Wilderness Park is a diverse underdeveloped 6,500-acre parkland located between Laguna Canyon and Crystal Cove State Park. Once a working cattle ranch, it is now a protected landscape and part of a 38,000-acre South Coast Wilderness. Length of the trail is 1.5 hours and covering 3.2 total miles. Trail is open year round. Visitors will enjoy sage-covered hillsides and oak woodlands in Emerald Canyon.
Village Green Park sits tucked into a neighborhood behind Cafe Vienna on Pacific Coast Highway. The historic park is completely fenced and dog-friendly. Known as an “artist’s enclave,” Village Green has many uses with its barbecue grills, picnic tables, benches, water fountains and playground equipment.
Fostering a wellness experience for the mind, body and spirit, Spa Montage at the world-class Montage Laguna Beach prides itself on its holistic treatments, from purifying wraps and scrubs to therapeutic massages and nourishing facials. The spa also specializes in innovative, non-invasive treatments, including water and bath therapies that deliver anti-aging, detoxifying and energizing results.
Spa Gaucin at The St. Regis Monarch Beach. Indulge in one of Orange County’s finest spas, Spa Gaucin at The St. Regis Monarch Beach, for a day of award-winning services. Guests can literally spend a whole day at Spa Gaucin with a signature service such as the Day Of Mediterranean Wellness, which gives them access to the spa’s pool, saunas, steam rooms, cafe and fitness center. Or, try the Costa del Sol, a head-to-toe experience, which includes a nourishing hair treatment and restorative massage.
Laguna Beach a la Carte (March). Laguna Beach a la Carte®—A Food & Wine Experience taking place around town from Thursday, March 7—Sunday, March 10, 2013. Enjoy four days of special restaurant offers, daily events, chef & winemaker dinners, educational seminars, prix fixe menus and more.
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park – Aliso Creek, Wood Canyons Trail (9 miles). This trail is categorized as easy skill level with a minimal elevation gain. Length of this trail is 9 total miles. This Wilderness Park is the largest park in the hills above Laguna Beach and spanning over 3,400 acres. Trail visitors will enjoy the walls of the canyon and an abundance of natural vegetation.
Stretching across 3.2 miles of beach and surrounding 2,400 acres of undeveloped woodland, Crystal Cove State Park boasts some of the best scenic trails for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Crystal Cove’s beach is also popular with those who love water activities like surfing, sunbathing and scuba diving. There are also great campsites that allow guests to feel as if they are “away from it all.”
A full-service wellness center designed to keep the body healthy inside and out, Pure Body Wellness Center offers a wide range of treatments from colon hydrotherapy and Botox to full-body massages and skin care services.
Electric Cyclery is the go-to shop for all of your electric and folding bike needs. The store carries bikes from brands such as Stromer, Motiv and Easy Motion, and also stocks various kits and accessories for the electric bike enthusiast. Stop by the showroom for a test ride of your desired model and a custom fitting.
Victoria features sandy shores, beautiful scenery and a unique old lighthouse. The south end is popular for skimboarding and the relatively flat shore make it easy to play volleyball, frisbee and other beach sports. Visitors to this beach should plan to bring a camera as there are always great photo opportunities here. Parking can be tough, so be sure to read all the parking signs when arriving in order to avoid a citation.
Located in the canyon, “Vic Skim” carries skimboards fir beginner, intermediate and advanced riders, as well as skate decks, accessories and apparel that carry the store’s signature label.
Community and Susi Q Center, or the Laguna Beach Senior Center features a meeting facility, grass area, restrooms and is handicap accessible.
The park sits directly in front on the 30 acre five star Montage Resort. A paved pathway runs along the top of cliff offering amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and the beach below. Situated along the cliff walk are numerous wooden benches where you can sit back and enjoy the view. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous there are several walkways that lead down to Treasure Island Beach. There’s a pay-to-park underground parking garage at the south end of The Montage (off Wesley), set aside especially for Treasure Island Park, but it fills fast and is difficult to maneuver for very large cars.
Massage Envy Spa – Laguna Beach. A national leader in affordable spa and massage services, Massage Envy offers its guests a range of pampering services and treatments by professional therapists. Find a wide range of massages for every preference—from a sports massage to deep tissue and prenatal.
Camel Point Beach sits below the Montage Resort and is privately accessed by residents in the multi-million dollar homes that reside next to the hotel. Swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing are popular activities. Visitors can get here by walking along the shore from the neighboring beaches. It is a secluded and beautiful beach that makes it well worth the trek.
Get pampered from head to toe at Laguna Canyon Spa, where you’ll find a variety of massages and facials to suit your preference, from a pumpkin peel facial to hot stone therapy, as well as express workouts. The highly skilled staff of holistic health practitioners, massage therapists, estheticians, Pilates and yoga instructors welcome guests to spend a pampering day at the spa.
Offering private and semi-private classes in Pilates, as well as health and wellness, RBC One aims to bring a simple approach to caring for your mind, body and spirit.
Thurston Middle school is the destination for students who have graduated from both El Morro and Top of the World Elementary Schools. Nestled in the hills above Laguna Beach, it offers excellent academics and has been named a California Distinguished School.
Holiday Tree Lighting (November). Tree lighting celebrations are held at the Montage Laguna Beach. Throughout the celebratory evening, the Montage Laguna Beach offers a veritable feast of drink, food, holiday carolers, live music, children’s activities and more. But there’s nothing better than the magnificent tree lighting, which takes place shortly after 5:00 on the Montage grounds just past the pool by the Studio restaurant.
El Morro Elementary School is one of two elementary schools that serve Laguna Beach. It is located on Pacific Coast Highway, directly across the street from Crystal Cove State Park. Its cliffside location makes for spectacular ocean views from the campus. El Morro accepts students for grades K-5 and feeds into Thurston Middle School.
Sawdust Art Festival (July – Aug). Take part in Laguna’s world-renowned art festival, where guests and locals gather to view the work of more than 200 Laguna Beach artists. A staple since 1965, Sawdust features demo booths in techniques such as glass blowing, complimentary hands-on art workshops, a children’s art booth, ceramics, refreshments from outdoor cafes, live musical entertainment and more. The Sawdust Art Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach. Visitors are invited to shop along sawdust-covered paths through a handcrafted village of fine arts and superb craftsmanship.
Laguna’s southern most city beach is accessible by ramp at the southwest corner of the Montage Resort. Treasure Island is a popular spot for skin and scuba diving, tide pooling, and ocean swimming. The surf can become large with the numerous rip currents and the beach can become steep, but skimming is allowed at the south end of the beach.
Operated by Dolores C. Colin, certified tourism ambassador, Laguna Beach Art Tours takes guests on informative walks that showcase what Laguna is most well known for—art. From galleries to artists’ homes, guests will receive a comprehensive look into the local arts culture.
The Den Barber Shop & Shave Parlor may be a recent addition to the Laguna community, but it has already earned a devoted following of locals and visitors alike. The parlor holds two vintage chairs (each more than 100 years old!), and offers an intimate setting for those looking for an impeccable haircut or just a clean shave. The Den also carries products from some of the most reputable brands on the market, such as Layrite.
Laguna Beach Dog Park is a great place for the dogs of Laguna Beach to get some exercise and socialize. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, except Wednesdays when it’s closed for maintenance. When at the dog park, you must pick up after your dog in and out of fenced area. Dogs must be leashed entering and exiting the park and must be currently licensed. Aggressive dogs must be removed from the park immediately. Sports activities, bicycles, picnics, etc. are not permitted and dogs must be attended to at all times.
Specializing in the unique needs of the curly-haired client, Curls on Top ensures that those with spiraling tresses get the gold standard of treatments. Featuring services from highlights to perms, the salon uses less chemically abrasive products to guarantee healthy curls every time.
Find an array of yoga classes at YogaWorks, from vinyasa flow to Pilates fusion. The experienced instructors at YogaWorks will have you limber and relaxed in no time.
Nails for you is a full service nail salon providing quality and exceptional care to our customers.
Kim Vo Salon at Montage Laguna Beach Located at the beautiful Montage Laguna Beach, Kim Vo Salon brings the masterful work of celebrity hairdresser Kim Vo. With cutting-edge techniques and a luxurious space, Kim Vo Salon will have all guests red carpet ready.
Regarded as one of the top salons in Laguna, Serandi combines expert stylists with the latest in hair care and trends. The salon, located right across from the Pacific Ocean, offers a range of cutting-edge services, from balayage to Japanese hair straightening.
Nestled among artist galleries, Tiare International Hair Design takes inspiration from its environment, using an artistic approach to hair care. A full-service hair salon offering an array of hair, makeup and image consulting services, guests will receive a first-rate experience.
Spring Into Art Weekend (April). Learn from professional artists in our exciting Spring Into Art series! Spring Into Art workshops offer the ever-popular glass-blowing classes, plus painting in acrylics and oils, fabric collage, mixed-media collage, watercolor painting, printmaking and much more. Workshops include one-on-one instruction with local Sawdust artists.
Nestled in a restored 1920s Spanish bungalow on North Coast Highway, Morrison Hair brings the utmost in luxury hair care to Laguna Beach. Owned and operated by the wife of celebrated hairdresser James Morrison, co-founder of Toni & Guy/Tigi USA, the salon is dedicated to making each visit memorable.
The full service Laguna Beach Post Office is located downtown and is the main USPS center in Laguna Beach. It also offers P.O. boxes for rent that are accessible 24 hours a day. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday though Friday. Last collection is at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Top Of The World Elementary. Top of the World School is one of two elementary schools that serves Laguna Beach. It is located in the hills above the city, overlooking the Pacific Ocean to the South and the Saddleback Valley to the East. The Top of the World (TOW) neighborhood has a strong sense of community that is represented by the school. The school serves grades K-5 in addition to a special education preschool and a ‘school within a school’ known as the Community Learning Center (CLC).
A high-tech fitness center dedicated solely to one-on-one personal training, The Well offers 30- or 60-minute sessions that will inspire the mind and jumpstart body.
Beach City Mopeds and Scooters. Cruise around Laguna in style with the rentals from Beach City Mopeds and Scooters. Riders must have a valid drivers license and be at least 18 years of age; scooter riders must also have motorcycle endorsement.
South Laguna Ridge Trail to Aliso Peak (2.5 miles). This trail is categorized as easy to moderate skill level. The South Laguna Ridge Trail leads to Aliso Peak atop its 623-foot oceanfront summit, with a birds eye view of Laguna Beach and the coastline. Length of this trail is 1.5 hours and covering 2.5 total miles. Trail is open year-round.
Moss Street Beach is a small, secluded and charming cove to sunbathe and enjoy a beautiful view. Very rarely crowded, it is known to locals as a perfect diving destination and place to relax away from the crowds. Although the rocks of Moss Street Beach make for fascinating tidepools, swimming should be avoided on this rocky beach.
Dartmoor is a popular hike with Laguna locals because it’s easily accessible, offers free parking, and provides scenic overlooks of the Pacific Ocean and downtown Laguna Beach. It is a great hike for all levels of enthusiasts.
At the end of Fairview street there is a small beach called Shaw’s Cove. A popular spot for scuba diving, it is better suited for divers than families looking for a beach to spend the day. There are some rocky areas at either end of the cove and tidepools that can be observed when the tide is low. The best diving is located at the reef to the west of the cove.
From Alta Laguna Park, follow West Ridge, Mathis, Wood Canyon, and Cholla Trails (8 miles). This park with many interior trails offers every visitor amenities including water, restrooms, picnic area, children’s play area, and plenty of parking. Mountain bikes are popular in this park with trails for beginners and advanced. Length of this trail is 8 total miles with a 600 foot elevation gain.
El Moro Canyon Trail (6.8 miles). This trail is categorized as easy to moderate. Mountain bikes are allowed. This trail has sections of moderate rolling climb which requires technical skills. Length of this trail is 1-1.5 hours and 9.9 total miles. Trail is open year-round. Trail visitors will enjoy coastal views and lush coastal landscape.
Brown’s Park, a 25-foot wide property, is sometimes referred to as a mini-park and is considered a hidden gem by locals and returning tourists. Brown’s features a unique art installation, ocean views, benches, and is handicap accessible.
Pure YL Organics Vegan Salon – A salon dedicated to using the least abrasive, harsh ingredients as possible, Pure YL Organics ensures that each guest’s experience is outstanding. Keeping with products that are natural and not harmful to the environment, the salon provides hair care that not only makes you look good but also is good for you.
OC Minx Nail Spa is a full service, pampering nail salon. Manicures, Pedicures, Hot Stone and reflexology are just a few of the luxury services available.
Considered the most popular park in Laguna Beach, Heisler Park offers stunning views of the cliffs above the beach, with crashing waves below, is home to an array of native plants, and features art installations tucked away throughout the park. It provides views of the southern coastline, the downtown village, and is a perfect spot to capture a photo of the sunset. The area is also admired by the throngs who pack the bar at Las Brisas for an afternoon cocktail, or those who stroll through after taking in the latest show at the Laguna Art Museum.
Laguna’s “Window to the Sea” and one of the busiest spots during the height of summer, this beachfront park is located in the heart of downtown Laguna Beach. The boardwalk area is perfect for strolling and the pathway leads up to the Heisler Park area. The beach area has sand volleyball courts, two half-court basketball courts, children’s playground, benches, picnic tables, and public showers and restrooms. Tide pool area is located in the northern section of Main Beach.
Specializing in a variety of holistic treatments, Bay Thai’s unique approach to healing through massage and other services such as chakra re-balancing will have guests feeling transformed and refreshed in no time.
Hiking Mathis Canyon Trail from West Ridge into Wood Canyon is a stunning way to enter Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Sitting on the Juaneño Native American Lands this trail provides a unique opportunity to consider the region’s rich history, and also features artifacts and remnants of more recent sheep and cattle ranches. The trail itself is a wide fire trail for most of its approximately one mile.
Mountain Road Beach poses some hazardous conditions, from multiple submerged rocks to ongoing rip currents. It is a popular spot for diving, snorkeling and body boarding, but visitors should use extreme caution when utilizing this beach.
We want to share with you the serenity that comes from gliding through blue water, passing a pod of dolphins, and inhaling deeply the scent of salt air; The feeling of the sun on your skin, and a breeze on your cheeks, as you explore the ocean environment and the boundaries of your own comfort zone. Out there, the moment comes when awareness of the beauty around you blossoms, a smile spreads across your face, and the bliss sets in. So regardless of whether you can balance on one foot, stand on your head, or run a mile- don’t worry about it. Come paddle with us. Let yourself surrender to the joy of being outdoors, on the ocean, engaging your balance and breath. Bliss is waiting. Paddle out.
Stand Up Paddle Company offers ALL THINGS SUP! Our retail store offers Stand up paddle boards, paddles, lessons, rentals accessories, lifestyle and technical apparel. We also offer our products on SUPCompany.com as well as through our wholesale division. We have recently added top of the line POP tools for SUP retailers.
Food lovers will take delight in Laguna Foodies’ walking culinary tour of Laguna Beach, where guests can choose a variety of gastronomic expeditions that focus on different cuisines, from happy hour spots to the best in seafood.
A new member of the Laguna Beach community, Mission Hospital Laguna Beach is the sister hospital of the larger Mission Hospital in nearby Mission Viejo. They provide a 24 hour emergency room, surgical services and behavioral and psychiatric programs. There are ocean views from every patient room to provide a tranquil environment.
Spring Fever Surfabaout (April). Laguna Surf & Sport hosts an annual Spring Fever Surfabout. This surf contest in Laguna Beach is the first of a long season of great play in our cove beach reefs. Locked and loaded for Thalia Street Beach, this is a great surf contest and beach party all rolled into one. All ages are competing and prizes are promised to be “epic.”
Laguna Beach High School Community Pool is located off Park Ave and provides the community with public access to the 25-yard pool. Showers, lockers and handicap accessible.
Aliso Peak and Overlook Trails (1.2 miles). This trail is categorized as easy to moderate skill level. Length of the trail is 1.5 hours and covering 2.5 total miles. Trail is open year round. Trail visitors will enjoy a 623-foot oceanfront summit with a birds eye view of Laguna Beach and the coastline. This trail connects with the Aliso Peak Trial, following across a saddle between Aliso Canyon and Valido Canyon, and ends at the Aliso peak summit.
Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational (October). Each year Laguna Beach, a famous seaside community and historic artist colony, turns into an outdoor studio with the always-exciting Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. This event showcases the nation’s top plein air landscape painters who compete for prestigious prizes and participate in the week-long festivities including public paint outs, environmental awareness activities, and educational events. This event celebrates the artistic legacy of Laguna Beach.
Ritz-Carlton Spa, Laguna Niguel, The. Offering the best in luxury spa treatments aimed at nurturing the body and soul, The Ritz-Carlton Spa is the perfect place to unwind. Try the balance-renewing Beach Stone Therapy, which uses smooth stones that deliver relief to tired muscles, or the Collagen Infusion Facial, which infuses nutrients deep below the skin’s surface to bring a revitalized visage.
The South Laguna Beach Community Garden Park was started in 2002 as a fun project for the community to participate in while learning about the benefits of gardening. It was re-opened in 2009 and is a beloved feature of the close-knit South Laguna community. Individual plots are available for individuals, families and groups to tend to and there are a number of activities and fundraisers held to benefit the garden throughout the year.
Alta Laguna Park, high on the hill and often referred to as Top of the World, features ocean views, picnic tables, restrooms, a children’s play area, grassy areas, benches, a basketball court, baseball field, tennis courts, and is handicap accessible.
West Ridge, Lynx, and Cholla Trails (5.3 miles). This trail is categorized as easy and stretches in a loop 5.3 total miles. This trail is open year-round. Trail visitors can enjoy a footpath that takes you from the ridge into the upper reaches of Wood Canyon. Water flows through Wood Canyon Creek and shade is provided by the beautiful, ancient oaks and sycamore trees.
An Aveda concept salon and spa, Blow Salon offers guests a full-service pampering experience, with haircut and color, facials, waxing, hair extensions and mani/pedis.
South Laguna Beach’s post office is open from 9:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with a one hour lunch break from 11:30 to 12:30. Last collection is at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Valido and Toovet Trails to Aliso Peak (2 miles). This trail consists of three other trails that combine at the Aliso Peak. Valido Trail is the most dramatic of three with a rugged climb, unspoiled stream-fed canyon, to the saddle on the ridge at the head of the canyon. This trail is categorized as an easy to moderate skill level. Length of the trail is 1 hour and covering 2 total miles.
Aquaterra Spa at Surf & Sand Resort. Using only certified organic products, Aquaterra Spa offers countless personalized, good-for-you services from the top professionals in the industry. Indulge in a myriad of services, including massages, facials, body treatments, plus fitness and yoga training.
Taking a holistic approach to massage, Kai Spa Massage Center believes that massages are essential to healing and rebalancing the body. Services range from Swedish massages to Shiatsu and Thai styles.
The Laguna Beach Water District is an organization rich in history, having been in operation in some form since 1924. Their job is to provide clean, reliable and safe water for the residents of Laguna Beach. Today they serve more than 25,000 residents across 8.5 acres.
Pamper yourself with first-class treatment at Salon 828, where the owner, who has more than two decades of styling experience, treats guests with the utmost care. Every precision cut is made with pride and tailored for each guest.
The coastal canyons near Laguna beach offer rugged wilderness beauty within a short drive. The Cholla Trail, located within the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, branches off from the West Ridge Trail and Wood Canyon Trail and offers a short, but steep hike. Most people combine hiking Cholla Trail with other trails in the area to make a loop. Trails are well marked, but pick up a map from the Ranger Station in the park and plan your route before you go. And expect to be huffing and puffing by the time you reach the top!
Deer Canyon Loop (7.1 miles). This trail is categorized as moderate to strenuous skill level. This trail route is a loop along the west edge of Crystal Cove’s backcountry with high ridges and valleys. Note there is little shade with beautiful views. Length of this trail is 4 hours and covering 7.1 total miles. Hikers have the option of staying overnight at the Deer Canyon’s trail camp, located near the halfway point of the loop. Best season to enjoy this trail is October through May.
Located in the Temple Hills community and sometimes referred to as Top of the World, this park offers public access with sitting benches and stunning ocean views.
At Laguna Surf & Sport, board riding is a lifestyle. The shop has beens serving the local surf, skim, snow and skate community since 1982. Carrying beach and surf apparel from men, women and kids, find classic brands like BIllabong, Quiksilver/Roxy and TOMS, as well as up-and-coming labels like Roark.
There are few golf experiences that can match the blend of stunning natural beauty and variety of challenges presented at Monarch Beach Golf Links. Here, along the dramatic bluffs of Southern California, master architect, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., has fashioned an intriguing layout in the Scottish links tradition on one of the select few oceanfront golf courses in California. Commanding sweeping views to the sea, this par-70 championship course offers an unending variety of play.
Laguna Thai Massage & Day Spa. Combining Thai techniques with traditional aromatherapy massage, Laguna Thai Massage & Day Spa offers the best of both words. Try a signature Thai massage or a hot oil aromatherapy massage that rejuvenates and re-balances the body.
Laguna South Coast Regency Theatre. Enjoy a night at the movies at Laguna Beach’s charming movie theater, Laguna South Coast. A blast from the past, this classic theater boasts multiple showtimes throughout the day.
Hospitality Night is Laguna Beach’s biggest holiday celebration. Local merchants, nonprofit organizations and the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce provide activities including live music, and beverages. The local radio station KX/93.5 FM will broadcast live during the event.
Rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit at Pacific Blue Yoga in Laguna Beach, where masterful instructors will teach you the art of Bikram yoga’s 26 postures.
Fisherman’s Cove is considered ideal for kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving. The plant and sea life a mere 10 ft. off of the shoreline makes it a great spot for beginners. Fisherman’s is a small and secluded beach that lies just south of Shaw’s Cove.
Festival Of The Arts is one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried art shows, the Festival of Arts is the perfect place to soak in the local culture or find a new piece for your collection. Discover a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted woodwork, ceramics, glass and more. (July – Aug). California’s Premier Fine Arts Exhibition, this art show features original artwork by over 140 of the area’s most accomplished artists. This event lasts for two months and includes a various selection beautiful artwork, workshops, tours, and special events.
The hike begins at Top of the World, just north of Alta Laguna Park with a trailhead featuring parking, restrooms, and water. Descend into the scenic Aliso Wood Canyons Wilderness park along the West Ridge and follow the somewhat steep and rocky trail past an abandoned Volvo. Note: There will be plenty of mountain bikers taking advantage of this single track trail!
Ziba Day Spa offers men and women a variety of skin care treatments and services centered on a more youthful appearance and renewed energy. Try one of the spa’s renewal peels, LED light therapy for acne, teeth whitening or stress release therapy.
In the summer of 1950, surfer Hobie Alter started shaping surfboards, and wound up shaping a culture. Today, the shop carries the legacy of Hobie’s commitment to innovation and performance, carving out only the finest products. In addition to Hobie boards, find quality apparel and an array of beach accessories from brands like Billabong, Roark and Volcom
Offering a diverse selection of cutting-edge classes that includes Pilates, circuit fitness, TRX, barre, yoga, Pilates, as well as spin and dance, bodybar is perfect for those who want to get a good workout.
Holiday Tree Lighting (November). Tree lighting celebrations are held at the Montage Laguna Beach. Throughout the celebratory evening, the Montage Laguna Beach offers a veritable feast of drink, food, holiday carolers, live music, children’s activities and more. But there’s nothing better than the magnificent tree lighting, which takes place shortly after 5:00 on the Montage grounds just past the pool by the Studio restaurant.
A truly indulgent experience, Salon La Mer & Spa offers a variety of pampering services, from hair to skin and nails. The salon features a full range of hair care treatments, while the medical spa offers chemical peels and Botox.
Nestled on the corner of Second Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, Salon A2 provides guests with a variety of plush services in an elegant environment. Enjoy a haircut, and then a mani and pedi afterward.
Open Artists’ Studios (October). Artist Open Studios is a celebration of Laguna’s thriving visual arts community. It is not only a fantastic opportunity to see, buy or commission art, it is also an adventure through the city — to uncover new talent and rediscover established artists. Experience glass blowing, fused glass workshops, ceramic, painting, printmaking and bronze lost-wax demonstrations. Artist studios are located throughout Laguna Beach with the majority nestled along Laguna Canyon Road.
Ocean enthusiasts can find everything they need for a day on the water right here at this ocean-side location. Dive in to find stand-up paddle boards, skimboards and custom surfboards, as well as wetsuits and other beach attire like T-shirts and dresses.
Spend a day worry-free at The Hudson Salon & Spa, where guests can de-stress with pampering treatments from a rainfall shower to a private steam room, as well as a range of personalized hair services. From shampoo and style to oxygen facials, the salon and spa helps guests feel and look their best.
Enter through Gate 14 (Dunnegan Dr. and Dartmoor St.) of Laguna Canyon Wilderness to connect with a trail that can be a strenuous workout for elevation, distance and pace. Be prepared for a long, gradual incline, a steep downhill, and breath-taking views.
Valido Trail (2 miles). This trail is categorized as easy and short enough for small children. Length of the trail is 2 total miles and features a stunning ocean vista view. The surrounding terrain is steep in some places and is a significant climb from a residential area in South Laguna. Once the summit is reached, visitors will enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific ocean and Aliso & Wood Canyon Wilderness Park.
Located close to the beach, this quaint salon offers the full range of services with the feel of a small town business. From haircuts to makeup, Alchemy Salon will perfect your look.
Flavors of Laguna – Laguna Beach Food & Historical Tours. Experience Laguna’s local culture, history and culinary sights through Flavors of Laguna, which offers guests a three- to four-hour walking tour through the city. The tour introduces guests to Laguna’s hidden gems as well as unique bites, giving them a true local experience.
Crescent Bay and its crystal clear waters sit at the corner of Cliff Drive and Pacific Coast Highway. Seal rock is a main attraction of the bay, as visitors can enjoy the sun and sand while observing the many seals and sea lions that inhabit the rock. The beach itself is sandy, with rocky areas at either end. Dolphins can be observed off the coast during certain times of the year.
Oak Street Park (located above Oak Street Beach) features a nice grassy area for lounging or meeting with a group. There is a picnic table, trash cans and deck area at the park that overlooks the beach.
Seaview Park Overlook (0.5 miles). This trail is categorized as easy skill level. Seaview Park located in Laguna Niguel, this short walk will take you past several interpretive panels explaining the coastal vegetation in the area. The trail ends with views overlooking Laguna Beach and the ocean. Length of the trail is 30 minutes, and covering .5 total miles. Trail is open year-round.
Encompassing two floors of hair stations, guests won’t have to wait to receive services at Simpatico Salon. From color to extensions, any hair wish can be completed here.
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Originally part of the Juaneno and Acajchemem tribal land, the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park now encompasses approximately 3,900 acres of backwoods and natural open space land. Designated as a wildlife sanctuary, the more than 30 miles of trails are home to many rare and endangered plants and animals.
Home to a number of charming tidepools, including the popular attraction “the blow hole,” Pearl Street Beach is a lovely spot for locals and visitors to see some of Laguna’s native marine life. Surfing is not allowed at Pearl Street, but diving, body surfing and body boarding are welcome. Rocky reefs and rip currents are present so caution should be used when entering the water. Pearl Street is also home to Arch Rock, a stunning rock formation that sits just off shore.
A lovely little beach, the conditions at Anita Street beach are more mild than at neighboring Thalia. Swimmers are allowed here and it is a better place for beginning surfers to learn without the stress of a crowded wave.
As it’s name suggests, Diver’s Cove is an exciting, well-known spot for beginning divers and one of the most popular diving destinations in Orange County. Swimming and body surfing are also popular at this beach. Conditions can become hazardous and there is the potential for a strong rip current so beach-goers should be aware of ocean conditions at all times.
Laguna Coast Overlook. This trail is a beautiful lookout with views of the mountains down to the ocean. This lookout is part of more than a thousand acres of open space preserved in the city’s hillsides and canyon comprising its greenbelt.
Aliso Beach Park boasts a large parking lot and is therefore one of the most easily accessible beaches in Laguna. Featuring a snack bar that is open during peak summer season, fire pits and a toddler play area, Aliso is home to a number of rare perks. It is also one of the premier skimboarding beaches in the world and is home to The Vic, Victoria Skimboards annual competition, which is attended by athletes from all over the world.
Studio Q offers private and semi-private training with a Pilates-certified instructor, who will teach guests about the benefits of this mind-body workout and varying exercises.
A nonprofit dedicated to providing theatrical experience to local amateur performers, directors and technical staff of all ages, No Square puts the word “community” back into local theater. With performance venues all over Laguna Beach, the theater showcases plays, musicals, revues, choral performances and an annual roast of life on the coast, “Lagunatics.” Visit the website for current productions.
The Nix Nature Center, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park’s headquarters, is the entryway for guests to discover the vast linked trails throughout the 20,000-acre South Coast Regional Wilderness (which includes Crystal Cove State Park, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park and Laguna Coast Wilderness Park). Begin your hiking journey at the center, or bring children to learn more about California’s natural environment through one of the knowledgeable park rangers.
Cozy and private, Agate Street Beach is a hidden gem. The beach is secluded yet close to the nearby action of shopping, dining, galleries and hotels. Surfing is allowed on the reef.
Fusing yoga and fine art, every yogi can release his or her inner creativity at Ritual Yoga Arts. Find classes from candlelight yoga to vinyasa flow and Pilates fusion.
Fête de la Musique occurs in conjunction with World Music Day. During this event musicians and other artists will perform at multiple locations in the historic downtown district, and then the afternoon will culminate in a sing-a-long at Main Beach and various locations.
The Laguna Beach Certified Farmers Market is the place where genuine farmers sell fruits, nuts, vegetables, breads and flowers directly to the public. Every farmer who sells at a certified market is inspected by the county agricultural commissioner to make sure they actually grow the commodity being sold.
Boasting a spacious, ocean-side location, epic views and an extensive Rip Curl brand collection, find everything you need for the perfect day at the beach – from surf, skim and skateboards to beach apparel and accessories, including sandals, sunglasses and swimsuits.
Top of the World Park (officially Alta Laguna Park) is located about a thousand feet above sea level, and you can see almost all of Orange County from the park on a particularly clear day. The park provides a plenty of shade trees and gentle walkways in addition to a hiking and biking trail head for the Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park.
Bluebird, located in the heart of south Laguna, features picnic tables, restrooms, a children’s play area, a grassy area, benches, basketball court, tennis courts, barbeque areas and is handicap accessible. Bluebird is also a lively location during Sundays in the summer, during its Concerts in the Park series.
Combining storytelling and yoga, Mindful Octopus caters to children with their unique philosophy. Through modern practice of yoga and art, Mindful Octopus teaches children how to be healthful and imaginative while having fun.
Bella Nails is a full service nail salon. Manicures, Facials, and Make-up application
Laguna Beach and Bluffs (2 miles). This walking trail located at Main Beach was designed to be a sampling of Laguna’s tiny beaches, coves, vista points and surfing spots. Length of this trail is 2 total miles.
Laguna Dance Festival (September). Offering dance styles as varied as pure classical and contemporary and jazz, the Laguna Dance Festival is presenting an array of dancers from around the country. In addition to performances, many of the dancers will stage master classes and discussion groups. “The dancers and audiences love it,” said Gates. “This festival is all about making dance accessible as well as a chance to educate.” This is a yearly festival at the Laguna Playhouse.
The Irvine Bowl was created with the purpose of establishing a permanent venue for the annual Festival of the Arts and Pageant of the Masters. James Irvine II donated the six-acre location in 1941. The venue includes an expansive lawn, tables, and chairs. The city park also features the Tivoli Terrace, Zov’s Bistro and Forum Theater.
The fundamentals of golf may not vary, but the way you experience the game certainly can. Tom Fazio designed our 54 holes of golf, including 18 holes at nearby Oak Creek Golf Club®, and our 36 championship holes on the Ocean North and Ocean South courses, to be unlike any that you’ve ever played before. To further enhance your game, add Pelican Hill’s unmatched service and amenities; professional forecaddies, luxurious locker rooms, practice facility, shoe attendants, club cleaning service, golf shop and golf academy.
Emerald Vista Point (5 miles). This trail is categorized as moderate skill level. Views span across curving shoreline, and the Channel Islands. Mountain bikes are allowed. Length of the trail is 2.5 hours and covering in a loop 5 total miles. Best season to enjoy this trail is October through May.
Visit Laguna Beach’s secluded coves, spectacular parks, historical landmarks, winery, galleries and filming locations for the television shows The O.C., Laguna Beach and more. The professional guides at Laguna Beach Tours are locals who will show you the sights and best kept secrets you won’t want to miss.
Carolyn Wood View Knoll from Temple Hill (0.5 miles). This trail is categorized as easy to moderate skill level. Located at the 1,036-foot summit visitors will enjoy benches, interpretive maps, and 360-degree vistas. Length of this trail is 30 minutes and covers 0.5 total miles. This trail is open year-round.
318 Salon Laguna offer services that often include haircuts, nails services, waxing, manicures and pedicures.
Both a hair salon and full-service beauty and supply store, Chantel carries everything for your beauty and grooming needs. In addition to the latest trends in style, makeup application and body grooming, find high-end salon brands for women and men such as Paul Mitchell, Pureology, Phyto Organics and Crew.
Located in the heart of downtown, Studio DC brings a modern edge to Laguna Beach. Always staying up to date with the latest hair trends, the salon offers a range of services to meet your needs, whether it’s a cut and color or keratin treatment.
Moulton Meadows Park is one of Laguna Beach’s larger city parks, with soccer fields, basketball courts, barbecue grills, picnic tables, dog waste bag dispensers and a lot of green grass. It also has fitness trails.
Lawn Bowling in Heisler Park. Laguna Lawn Bowling in Heisler Park is located just north of Downtown Laguna Beach. Although you have to be part of the club to join the fun, passing by the green to watch the games and enjoying the view is worthwhile.
Established in 1992, this surf apparel company’s mission is to define its image through the “definitive soul and artful style” of longboarding. This signature style is reflected through quality fabrics, trims and construction that are woven into a clean, classic look reminiscent of earlier times.
Emerald Bay Viewpoint – Emerald Ridge Trail. All of Crystal Cove State Park’s ridgelines offer inspiring Pacific views, but surely the grandest of panoramas are to be found from a perch atop Moro Ridge. Emerald Bay and Laguna Beach are the most obvious sights to see from this little lookout located less than a half mile as the seagull flies from the Pacific breakers.
A premier European day spa in Laguna Beach, Marciena offers couples and individuals alike a full-service pampering experience. A true retreat for the weary, the day spa provides guests a first-class experience, offering massages, facials, body wraps and aromatherapy to makeup and waxing.
Concerts in the Park – Heisler (September). Enjoy an evening of live music in one of the many parks across Laguna Beach.
Laguna Beach City Hall is located in the heart of Laguna Beach and is the meeting place of council members and the mayor. City council meetings are held here on the first and third Tuesday of every month and are open to the public.
A family owned business since 1999, Athena Day Spa is located in the heart of Laguna Beach and offers a range of massage and body treatments, as well as far-infrared sauna therapy, and skin care and waxing services. A day of stress can be transformed into a magical experience at Athena Day Spa.
South of Main Beach there is the small sandy beach called Sleepy Hollow. This is a great beach for swimming and body surfing as the bottom of the beach is mostly sand and it is known for its shore break. Body boarders will also appreciate the reef that extends out from the south of the beach, but that area should be avoided by swimmers.
Aliso Summit Trail (4 miles). This trail is categorized as easy to moderate skill level. Length of this trail is 2 hours and covering 4 total miles. Trail is open year round. This trail is a little gem discretely perched on the steep cliffs of Aliso Canyon. Tucked behind a gated community of Coronado Point in Laguna Niguel and borders the east boundary of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. The trail follows the 800-foot-high cliffs on the east rim of the canyon. Trail visitors will enjoy views of Aliso Canyon and the Pacific Ocean.
The Lang Park & Community Center on Wesley Drive consists of a small gymnasium, multipurpose room, conference room, restrooms and storage area. An amazing ocean view makes Lang Park one of the finer jewels in the city parks system. A gorgeous grass field, a tennis court, a basketball court, picnic tables and intriguing public sculptures all converge to create a sanctuary.
Thalia Street Beach is an extremely popular local surfing spot. Swimmers are not allowed in the surfing area to prevent dangerous collisions or interference. The surf can get high and conditions can become dangerous at times so surfers and body boarders should always be aware of conditions and their surroundings.
LIKE A LOCAL
Whether you want to focus on food, family or outdoor fun, residents offer insight to help you craft the perfect day in Laguna Beach. By Elizabeth Nutt Laguna Beach teems with gourmet eateries, outdoor thrills and adventurous activities for all ages. With no shortage of things to do, the challenge lies in narrowing down the options, especially if you have limited time to explore. To help you create the perfect day, we gathered tips and suggestions from locals who know the ins and outs of our beachside town and who can help point you in the right direction, no matter what it is that you’re looking for—be it a fun family experience, a tasty burrito and a craft beer, or a workout that takes advantage of Laguna’s pristine coastline or many hiking trails. Here, we’ve created three distinct itineraries for the ultimate day out. They’re so chock-full of tempting to-dos that you may as well clear your calendar. Hands down, my favorite way to spend the day … is surfing on the beach that i grew up on, [pearl street beach]. — James Pribram Food-Focused Day Behind every great adventure is a delicious meal that fuels it, and Laguna offers […]