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things to do in Laguna Beach

things to do in laguna beach

Things to Do in Laguna Beach

Take in the sights, sounds, and energy of Laguna Beach during your stay at La Casa del Camino! Home to some of the greatest beaches on the planet, our oceanfront community has created a relaxed environment where people can get together, enjoy the outdoors, and explore the arts.

In addition to boasting world-class surfing, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving, Laguna Beach has also earned a reputation as a SoCal foodie destination. With a wide range of restaurants and bars that span every cuisine and price point, you'll find the perfect spot for any situation.

Whether you're looking to unwind with the tranquil sounds of the crashing surf or prefer to explore the city's iconic collection of public art, Laguna Beach promises to deliver the quintessential Orange County experience. Get out there, see the town, and take in welcoming Laguna Beach vibes.

Laguna Beach's Top Holiday Activities

holiday events in laguna beach

Sawdust Art FestIval Winter Fantasy Land

During your next getaway to Laguna Beach, experience the winter wonderland that is the Sawdust Art Festival. November 17th through December 16th, the grounds get decked out with festive lights, vendors sell one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, and Santa is even known to make appearances.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

For over a hundred years, the Newport Beach Boat Parade has brought holiday cheer to generations of Orange County residents. The annual parade sets sail nightly between December 19th and December 23rd. Throughout December, you can also embark upon a holiday lights cruise to see the glow of Newport Beach from the water.

Winter Fest OC

For some, the holiday season isn't complete without sweaters, scarves, and fresh snow - and the Winter Fest OC creates a truly amazing winter wonderland. In addition to a nightly snowfall and tree lighting, the event features ice skating, sledding, and plenty of hot cocoa to help whisk you to a world far, far away from Orange County.

Hit the Beaches

sunset at Laguna Beach

While only 7.8 square miles long, Laguna Beach is home to 30 of the most beautiful beaches and coves in the country. If you're in the market to ride some waves, places like Thalia Street Beach, Pearl Street Beach, Aliso Beach, and Rockpile Beach offer some of the best surfing locations on the California coast. While in town, be sure to check out the uber-cool Thalia Surf Shop for Laguna Beach's best variety of boutique, art-driven surf gear.

Local Beach Guide

Cress Street Beach

In our very own backyard, this quiet and isolated beach offers a remarkably scenic stretch of coastline that features some of Orange County's most breathtaking rock formations.

Woods Cove

For Laguna Beach first-timers looking to branch out, we highly recommend checking out this unique spot, just a ten-minute walk from the hotel. Woods Cove is renowned for its unbelievable views and offers some of the very best diving in Southern California.

Treasure Island Beach

Take in plenty of sun and phenomenal views at the iconic Treasure Island Beach. Not only does this sandy beach have great tidepools and rock formations, its parking lot and restrooms make for an easy, all-day surf experience.

Pirate Tower at Victoria Beach

Victoria Beach is an amazingly beautiful place, but its mysterious Pirate Tower is its most unique draw. While the namesake turret may not have actually been used by swashbucklers, an eccentric local once dressed up as a pirate and hid coins around the tower. Today, Pirate Tower is one of Laguna Beach's most unique photo ops.

Take the Plunge

Laguna Beach surfing and diving

Immerse yourself in Laguna Beach's vibrant beach culture during your stay at La Casa del Camino! With surf shops, SCUBA lessons, and an abundance of amazing coves along the shoreline, Laguna Beach offers dozens of exciting ways to experience the beautiful Orange County coast.

La Vida Laguna

Offering guided kayak, surfing, and stand-up paddle board excursions, La Vida Laguna will provide you with the right gear and perfect locations for a great day on the water.

DIY Surf Adventure

For more adventurous travelers, we recommend picking up a surfboard, snorkel, and mask and hitting your beach of choice. With such phenomenal beaches and coves along the Laguna Beach coast, you'll have no trouble finding an amazing spot. Feel free to meet some locals, ask around, and create your own aquatic adventure!

Explore the Arts

Home to more than 65 works of public art, a monthly art walk, and the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach features an inspiring variety of murals, sculptures, and artistic awesomeness. Art needs to be accessible, and in Laguna Beach it is. Whether by foot, bicycle, or tour bus, artistic inspiration is just minutes away. No matter where you go, you'll love the ubiquitous creativity that permeates Laguna Beach. Come get your Art On!

Laguna Beach Art Guide

Laguna Beach Art Walk

first thursday laguna beach art walk

On the first Thursday of each month, over three dozen local art galleries open their doors for special evening viewings and installations. You can also hop on the free Art Walk Trolley to travel to different galleries throughout the city.

Heisler Park

Heisler Park in Laguna Beach

With a beautiful, art-filled enclave that overlooks the picturesque Pacific Ocean, Heisler Park, offers one of Laguna Beach's most organic and enjoyable art experiences.

Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Beach Art Museum

Offering a more formal art experience, Laguna Art Museum boasts a one of a kind collection that features California artists.

Festival of Arts

Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

Festival of Arts is home to the acclaimed Pageant of the Masters. During the festival, don't miss ninety minutes of "living pictures" - incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.

Sawdust Art Festival

Sawdust Arts Festival in Laguna Beach

Featuring the fine arts and crafts of over 200 Laguna Beach artists, the Sawdust Arts & Craft Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach.

Passport to the Arts

laguna beach passport to the arts

For the ultimate Laguna Beach art experience, take advantage of the Passport of the Arts! For just $29.00, you'll have access to the Sawdust Art Festival, Art-A-Fair, and Festival of Arts for the entire summer. You'll also get two tickets to the Laguna Art Museum and two tickets to the Laguna Playhouse!

Plan a Foodie Vacation

K'ya Bistro Bar

kya bistro laguna beach

For a delicious, interactive, and quintessentially Laguna dining experience, look no further than K'ya Bistro Bar. Featuring Mediterranean-inspired small plates from the award-winning Chef Craig Connole, Ky'a Bistro Bar employs a creative twist on simple, California flavors. With a serene atmosphere and a fantastic craft cocktail program, K'ya Bistro Bar provides the perfect setting to unwind with friends in an upscale but relaxed environment. Stop by the K'ya Bistro Bar to see what the buzz is all about.

Check Out K'ya Bistro Bar

The Rooftop

best rooftop bar in Laguna Beach

Few places are more synonymous with the Laguna Beach social scene than The Rooftop Lounge. With ridiculously beautiful views of the Pacific Coast, legendary fresh fruit mojitos, and a friendly beach vibe, The Rooftop embodies the essence of Orange County. During your stay at La Casa del Camino, head to The Rooftop, enjoy some happy hour specials, and experience an epic Laguna sunset firsthand. We've got a cold one with your name on it.

Check Out The Rooftop

Marine Room

marine room tavern in laguna beach

Don't miss Marine Room Tavern for great whiskey, live music, and a quintessentially Laguna vibe! With its library-meets-tavern aesthetic, rich history, and amazing cocktails Marine Room has been a favorite among locals and visitors since 1934. Just a mile up the coast from La Casa del Camino, Marine Room Tavern is a must-visit cocktail destination for travelers seeking an authentic Laguna Beach experience. Grab a stool, settle in, and see where the night takes you.

Check Out The Marine Room

Other Foodie Recommendations from the Staff

best restaurant in laguna beach ca

It's time to start mapping out your ideal foodie itinerary! Home to a creative and highly-esteemed culinary scene, Laguna Beach's diverse restaurant culture has garnered lots of national attention.

Broadway by Amar Santana

A perennial local favorite, Broadway by Amar Santana serves up progressive American fare in a New York City-style environment. Enjoy expertly prepared cocktails and a well-regarded wine selection as you unwind right near the Pacific Ocean.

Nick's Laguna Beach

For an iconic Orange County experience, don't miss Nick's Laguna Beach. Specializing in simple California cuisine, Nick's dishes up carefully prepared (and insanely delicious) plates in a friendly, low-key, downtown environment.

230 Forest Avenue

Laguna Beach also features an eclectic mix of cuisines from around the world. For foodies seeking seafood, 230 Forest Avenue is the place to be. Featuring an outline patio and watering hole, this restaurant & bar offers up an artsy atmosphere, along with a phenomenal martini bar.

Alessa Laguna

Craving a pie of the Italian variety? Check out Alessa Laguna for your thin crust needs. A vast menu including a prosciutto and mozzarella bar, as well as a variety of rich pasta dishes, Alessa Laguna will have your taste buds in Naples nostalgia.

Laguna Beach Shopping

shopping in laguna beach ca

Don't forget to explore Laguna Beach's boutiques, vintage stores, and specialty shops during your next visit to Orange County! Throughout the city, you'll find amazing handmade items, relics from the past, and artisanal products. Whether you're looking to enhance your wardrobe, bring home some awesome surf gear, or treat your pet to something nice, you'll find it in Laguna Beach!

Getting Around Laguna Beach

Parking in Laguna Beach can be pretty bad, so you may want to take advantage of rideshare services like Lyft and Uber to easily and efficiently navigate Laguna Beach.

If you're looking for a more unique, local way to get around, don't miss the free trolley. There's a trolley stop right outside the hotel, and you can track the trolley using the Visit Laguna Beach App!


Laguna Beach Attractions Google Map