Laguna Beach is Near Disneyland, Golf Courses and the Pacific Ocean!

Fun and Relaxing California Vacation Ideas

Warm sand under your bare feet, swimmers basking in the sunlight, surfers waiting to catch the next wave, the screams of children frolicking in the ocean, the delight of discovering a crab momentarily trapped in a tide pool … all these are just some of the sights and sounds that you might experience during your Laguna vacation.


Laguna Beach is located in Orange County, California, about half-way between San Diego and Los Angeles.  It is less than a half-hour drive to Anaheim, California where Disneyland is located. As a result of it's central location, it is easy to stay in this quaint village and also visit Disneyland, San Diego's Sea World or the San Diego Zoo, or go to Universal Studios or Hollywood in Los Angeles.


Main Beach in central Laguna Beach (photo by author)


Laguna Beach Activities


Your Laguna vacation can also be memorable, even if you never leave the city limits. The town itself is full of fabulous hotels, restaurants, art galleries, shops, a movie theatre, and, of course, beautiful beaches. Whether you enjoy life theater, art festivals, or just want to doze on the sand, reading a book like "Laguna Beach (Then and Now)" while watching more energetic people job and swim, Laguna has plenty to keep you busy.


Hotels in Laguna Beach


Some of the popular water front hotels range from the quaint, historic Laguna Beach Hotel to the "5 Star" Montage Resort.  In the middle of this range, you may want to try the Surf & Sand Resort. There are also several less expensive hotels which are convenient, but attractively priced, because they are not beachfront properties. Don't be concerned, however, because many of them are within an easy stroll of one of the beautiful coves and beaches.


Laguna Beach Restaurants


Restaurants are everywhere and provide a variety of cuisine in virtually every price range. Our family loves the view from Las Brisas restaurant, which serves an interesting selection of seafood with a Mexican flair. We also enjoy Splashes Restaurant and Bar, which is located in the Surf & Sand Hotel. This is an elegant restaurant, with both indoor and outdoor seating. At high tide, you often feel very close to the water. On one occasion, we had dolphins swimming past as we ate dinner. It was delightful! Another local favorite is The Beach House, a charming restaurant located in the former home of former 1950's television actor, Slim Summerville. Don't feel, however, that you have to spend a lot of money in order to dine with an ocean view at a Laguna restaurant. You can also sit and enjoy both a hamburger and a spectacular sunset at Johnny Rockets or the Greeter's Corner in central Laguna. For the vegetarians, try Zinc Café and Market on Ocean Avenue, a few blocks inland from Main Beach. It doesn't have an ocean view, but the food is excellent.


 Laguna Beach Art Festivals


In addition to eating and sleeping in style, you may also want to spend a day visiting the world famous summer arts festivals. One of the best known festivals is the Pageant of the Masters. At this event, held nightly from late June to late August, local citizens allow themselves to be dressed and made up to look like marble statues, porcelain dolls, or characters in oil paintings. The result is spectacular! If you prefer to purchase or view the paintings, sculptures and jewelry designs of both local and regional artists, visit the Festival of the Arts, The Sawdust Art Festival, or Art-A-Fair. They are all open during the summer months, are located within easy walking distance of each other, and are a delightful way to enjoy a summer day.


Disneyland, Golf and More are Nearby


 Whatever you choose to do during your vacation, whether it is a trip to Disneyland, a stroll on the sand, scuba lessons, enjoying the local artists, or simply lying out in the sun, your trip is likely to please the entire family! Hope I see you at the beach when I go for my morning walks this summer!


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Buy a Souvenir of Your Trip

This beautiful sunset t-shirt comes in a variety of sizes. A wonderful memento of your trip!