Known for its heavenly beaches, splendid coves, wonderful outdoor adventures, and fascinating art galleries, Laguna Beach is a fabulous place for a staycation. Even if you’ve lived in the area for decades, you can often still find plenty to do. With so much on your doorstep, why travel farther when you can enjoy a great staycation in Laguna Beach?
Montage Laguna Beach enjoys an amazing location atop a coastal bluff overlooking the shimmering waters of the Pacific Ocean. With a large spa that offers an extensive menu of treatments and therapies and two appealing outdoor pools, you won’t be short of ways to unwind. Younger members of the family can have fun in the kids’ clubs while you enjoy some pampering. Dine on sumptuous cuisine in the three signature restaurants and luxuriate in well-appointed rooms, suites, and villas.
Situated right on the beachfront, Surf & Sand Laguna Beach is a great option for anyone who loves to fall asleep to the sounds of the sea. Designed like a Mediterranean village, the pretty resort boasts an award-winning spa and an oceanfront restaurant. All of the gorgeous rooms have a balcony from where you can soak up the ocean vistas, and each features pale pastel decor to enhance the glorious views.
The Ranch at Laguna Beach is a prime choice for guests who love to combine active days in nature with blissful beach relaxation, with easy access to plentiful hiking trails and the sandy shores. You can perfect your swing at the nine-hole golf course, relax in the outdoor pool and hot tub and enjoy some TLC in the Sycamore Spa. Enjoy delectable dishes made from local produce in the on-site restaurant before retiring to the patio to sip craft cocktails to the sound of live music.
Dine and Sip
Right next to the sea, Driftwood Kitchen has a choice of indoor and outdoor seating. You won’t miss the incredible views if you sit inside, though, thanks to the large windows. Open all throughout the day, savor a laid-back brunch or come in the evening to enjoy delicious dishes like pan-seared king salmon, lobster spaghetti carbonara, and New Zealand sea bream. Round off with a sweet treat, like apple tart tatin and chocolate mousse, and sip craft cocktails, wine, Champagne, or a glass of refreshingly cool beer.
The Cliff also offers gorgeous 180-degree ocean views from its split-level patio. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s an especially cool spot for a romantic evening meal while watching the sun go down. Whet your appetite with starters like coconut shrimp or calamari steak before enjoying seafood, burgers, or pasta dishes. House specials include surf and turf, macadamia chicken, and ribeye steak. Enjoy a drink near the bar or fire pits to enjoy live music.
For a romantic escapade with a hip twist or a fun time with friends, check out the fine selection of California wines at McClain Cellars. The trendy tasting room features a shaded patio, eye-catching artworks, and a huge glass garage-style door.
Bianchi Winery and Tasting Room boast amazing views of both the coast and the mountains. There’s also a shimmering lake, lush vineyard, and a cozy tasting room with an open fire. And, that’s not to mention the tasty wines made using the best local grapes.
Shop and See
Browse a large collection of unique quality garments for men and women at the high-end Simple Laguna boutique. With a focus on luxury brands, it’s a great place to add to your wardrobe.
Crystal Cove State Park is one of the top places to visit around Laguna Beach. The area is home to sparkling tidal pools, spectacular stretches of sandy beaches, wooded canyons, and rolling hills. You can hike or bike through the tranquil backcountry. Or you can relax next to the sea, the state park ticks all boxes. There are many ways to enjoy the water too, with swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and surfing all possible.
Soak up the area’s arty vibe and admire the collection of fine arts in Laguna Art Museum. Home exclusively to works by Californian artists, it is the only such museum in the state. You’ll find works from various eras and in various styles.