La Vida Laguna

Want to do something really different on your visit to Laguna Beach? Then La Vida Laguna is just the ticket! It’s an outdoor activity tour company that offers a variety of kayak tours that focus on the ocean, the bay, and the harbor. The Laguna Ocean Kayak Tour leads kayakers along the coastline where they see magnificent beaches, majestic cliffs, and marine wildlife such as dolphins, sea lions, and whales that most people only dream about.The Newport Back Bay Eco Tour explores the natural estuary of Newport Back Bay, the largest natural estuary in southern California. It’s a wetland of mudflats and marshlands, and a home to many varieties of birds and fish. The Newport Back Bay Eco Tour also offers several other memorable activities such as biking, hiking, paddle boarding, and surfing. Put this one on your bucket list!

1257 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, California,

949-275-7544

CA Surf N’ Paddle

Laguna Beach’s oldest surf and stand up paddleboard company and is a full service outfit for surf, sand up paddleboard, skim, wetsuit rentals and lessons. offers rentals and lessons. Great selection of new and used surf boards and wetsuits. Certified surf instruction and located just a short walk to the beach.

695 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, California 92651

949-497-1423

Whale Watching and Dolphin Cruise

To enjoy an experience of a lifetime, select from several whale watching cruise times daily and year round. The whale watching & dolphin cruises view giant blue whales, finback whales, gray whales, humpback whales, minke whales, several species of dolphin and much more. The Duration of the trip is 120 Minutes (approx.) and you depart from Newport Beach. The tickets are from USD$26.00. Captain’s Seating is a very special experience but is limited to only 6 spaces per cruise time and allows you and your guests to sit in the captain’s quarters with the expert whale watcher himself! He offers special insights and you get to witness the process of locating mammals as well as hearing his stories first hand. With Captain’s Seating you are free to move throughout the ship as you wish knowing you have select reserved seating to return to. Make it an unforgettable experience for kids… The Captain’s Seating tickets are priced from USD$51.00.

Please call (949) 673-1434 for reservation options.

Laguna Beach Walks

Discover the beauty and history of Laguna Beach on a free, self-guided walking tour. It’s perfect for visitors wanting to explore and experience this quiet Californian town or for groups looking for a fun activity to enjoy together. Laguna Beach Walking Tours offers an variety of tours covering different areas of the town, whilst focusing on a variety of aspects of history, culture, fitness, food, and not forgetting…fun! Explore architectural landmarks and public art spaces, visit art galleries and museums, take in beautiful coastal blooms and scenic ocean views, and relax at one of several excellent restaurants, cafés, and bars. Each of the tours has something for everyone. Two of the most popular tours are the Heisler Park Tour and the Downtown Walk. Tours are suited for all ages and fitness levels. You can request a free map on the web site or you can just go on the self-guided walk when it time permits.

California Surf Experience

Established in 2015 by Ryan Croteau, a well-known local surfer, whose goal was to create the ultimate California surfing experience. Offering surf lessons as well as an overnight surf camp, the experienced, friendly staff will make sure you have an experience to remember.

1968 S Coast Hwy STE 772, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(949)532-7277

Beach Cities Scuba

Laguna beach is just one of the 5 Beach Cities Scuba locations that offer everything in the way of scuba diving – certification, scuba gear, spearfishing, diving equipment, diving rental, lessons, air fills, tech diving, dive clubs, scuba diving vacations and scuba diving trips. Novices to experts are all welcome.

925 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(949)494-6965

Laguna Beach Cyclery

Opened in 1971, Laguna Beach Cyclery has served locals and visitors for over 45 years with all of their cycling needs. Offering bike rentals, sales and repair services with quality produces and great customer service. Ride out of the shop and experience some of the most amazing cycling in Southern California!

240 Thalia Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

 

Top of the World

Top of the World is a community park whose official name is Alta Laguna Park. It is aptly named since it is about 1,000 feet above sea level with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and all of Orange County. The park has trail heads for both biking and hiking for Aliso and Woods Canyons Wilderness Park.

3300 Alta Laguna Blvd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

 

 

 

Laguna Beach Trolley

Don’t feel like walking? Then The Laguna Beach Trolley is what you need…a free weekend transportation system that operates in the city of Laguna Beach and runs along the South Coast Highway. The service runs every 20 minutes and begins at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the city of Dana Point and travels north as far as Cajon Street in North Laguna Beach. Many tourists start at Laguna Beach’s Official Visitors Center. Here they can pick up information about the trolley, local sights, hotels, restaurants, shopping, activities, parking, events, and much more. One of the trolley stops is just a short distance from the Visitors Center.  Feel free to “hop on and hop off” at any of the 34 stops throughout the system.

Laguna Canyon Winery

Laguna Canyon Winery is Orange County’s first premium boutique urban winery and  was established in 2003. Grapes are shipped down from Napa and Sonoma counties for processing at the winery. In the winery’s tasting room, visitors can try two wines… these are the company’s premium brand Laguna Canyon and Purple Paws. Red wines include Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Verdot, Zinfandel, and more, while white wines include Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Reisling. If you fancy some bubbly, the winery also produces four sparkling wines. The estate hosts many special events such as WineMaker Dinners, Wine and Cheese Receptions, and private events such as corporate lunches, birthday parties and of course wonderfully romantic weddings.

2133 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Hours: 11:00am – 6:00pm Daily
Closed Mondays & Holidays

949-715-9463

Ben Brown’s Golf Course

This 9-hole course is located near the coastline in the natural beauty of Aliso and Woods Canyons. If offers amazing views and a peaceful playing experience surrounded only by wilderness. This is not a stuffy golf country club and families, novices and serious golfers are all welcome.

31106 Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(949)499-1919

949-715-9463

Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove State Park is notably one of California’s largest remaining open spaces and natural coastlines and not surprisingly, one of the top Laguna Beach attractions. It’s located between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove and features beautiful sandy beaches, shimmering vibrantly colored tidal pools, excellent surf, undulating hills, and thickly wooded canyons and ridges, making it a perfect natural landscape. Boasting more than three miles of pristine beach and over 2,000 acres of rugged back-country wilderness, Crystal Cove State Park is very popular with outdoor enthusiasts, who can take full advantage of its magnificent scenery by hiking, biking, scuba and skin diving, swimming, fishing, and surfing. If you’re not really into the physical activities, there are tidal pools,providing opportunities for extensive exploration. The State Park staff and docents offer interpretive programs year-round including tidal pool walks, guided hikes, and geology talks. The entire park is ideal for the avid photographer.

8471 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

949-494-3539

Sawdust Art and Craft Festival

The Sawdust Art Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating art in Laguna Beach and inspiring the public to take an active role in supporting local artists. More than 200,000 visitors from around the world visit this quaint setting each year and the Sawdust Art Festival was designed to both entertain and educate. Here, sawdust-covered paths wind their way through a handcrafted village of fine arts and craftsmanship.The festival also features an array of demonstration art booths that showcases media such as woodwork, painting, glassblowing, and clothing and textile making, as well as a Ceramics Center, complimentary hands-on art workshops, and a special children’s art booth.Visitors can relax at one of four outdoor cafés and a saloon serving refreshments, and enjoy live music and entertainment. Indulge all your senses in this magical festival of art.

935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, California,

949-494-3030

Self-Guided Public Art Tour

So you’ve spent the day at the beach and want to take in the sites but at your pace, then take in the incredible artworks and sculptures situated along the beachfront with a self-guided art tour. You can stroll along the coastline and take in the array of temporary and permanent artworks, ranging from murals and sculptures to themed park benches and signage. The colorful, expressive and vibrant artworks are displayed against a beautiful natural backdrop of glistening oceans, and there are plenty of spots along the way where you can take a break and relax and take in the surroundings. A ‘Tranquil Moment’ gives you just that – it is a leafy enclave in which to escape the hustle and bustle of the beachfront. If you are looking for date ideas in Laguna Beach, ‘Canyon Chess and Checkers’ offers a fun-filled way to spend an hour over a game of chess.

Laguna Beach Visitors Center, 381 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, California,

949-497-9229

The Laguna Playhouse

The Laguna Playhouse is a medium-sized regional theater that presents comedy shows, plays, musicals, children’s productions, among many other events. Founded in 1920, the theater started out offering play readings and performances in storefronts and in private homes. The theater’s first home was called The Laguna Playhouse and was built in 1924 on Ocean Avenue in downtown Laguna Beach. The Laguna Playhouse continued to operate during the Great Depression and during World War II, but eventually outgrew itself. Moulton Theater was then built in 1969 on city-owned land. The theater has become well known for it’s many education outreach programs, including classes and workshops, the Youth Theatre, the Youth Conservatory, and more. To experience and witness the talents of the young coming to life on stage is very special indeed. When next in Laguna Beach, don’t forget to make a booking.

606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California,

949-497-2787

Heisler Park

Heisler Park, a large oceanfront park providing a lovely green oasis for walkers and gives easy access to most of the popular beaches, stretches along the bluffs on Cliff Drive high above Laguna Beach. It offers breathtaking ocean views.. perfect for the avid photographer. Heisler Park features walking trails, vibrantly colored tidal pools, picnic tables, benches, and barbecue stands for fun gatherings and sunset watching. If you are new-comer to Laguna Beach, Heisler Park is a great place to start exploring from. The park is home to the private Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club and has a lovely gazebo at the south end, which is ideal for special occasions such as weddings or for spending an evening soaking up the views. The park also contains art sculptures and offers amenities such as bathroom facilities and showers (these are at the bottom of the stairways leading to the beaches).

Location – Just north of Main Beach between Aster Street and Diver’s Cove

Hortense Miller Garden

Perched high upon the upper slopes of Boat Canyon sits a 2.5-acre garden and house known as Hortense Miller Garden. Established by Hortense Miller in 1959, the garden was planted with more than 800 species of plants, 150 of which are native to the area. She was not only a gifted gardener, but also an artist, environmentalist, feminist, and writer. I am sure that Hortense must have gotten so much inspiration for her work from the garden which is also home to several kinds of animals including foxes, possums, raccoons, and skunks. Today, experienced docents lead two-hour tours of the garden. The house has many windows opening up over spectacular views of the canyon and the Pacific Ocean. Whether you’re an artist or a nature-lover, this is a must-do outing.

22511 Allview Terrace, Laguna Beach, California,

949-497-7925

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, located on Laguna Canyon Road, spans 7,000 acres of wilderness area . It’s one of the last coastal canyons in Southern California and lies in the San Joaquin Hills that surround Laguna Beach.Amazingly there are 40 miles of biking and hiking trails that will take you through a variety of landscapes such as oak, sycamore, and willow woodlands, in addition to areas of cacti, sage scrub, grassland, and maritime chaparral. Many different animals live and roam the park including birds, bobcats, deer, hawks, weasels, and so many more. But the “piece de resistance” of the park has to be the natural lakes…the the only natural lakes in Orange County! All in all a trip worth taking when next at Laguna Beach.

Glenn E. Vedder Ecological Reserve

Glenn E. Vedder Ecological Reserve, an Underwater Park and Tidepools, is a reserve for marine life including plants, game fish, rocks, and thousands of varieties of shells.The reserve extends from the north section of Main Beach right down to Diver’s Cove. There are several areas along the coastline that visitors especially love to explore including the south side of Picnic Beach that has a flat rocky area covered with sea anemones which you can easily see during low tide. At RockPile, the tide pool is similar to the one at Picnic Beach, but here you can catch an occasional glimpse of an octopus. At Bird Rock, you can see exciting creatures such as red urchins, sea cucumbers, and sea hares. When visiting the reserve, please don’t damage or remove the marine life.

Pageant of the Masters

The Pageant of the Masters is a ninety-minute stage show of “living pictures” in which real people pose to recreate the characters of original artworks. It’s held every summer during the famed Festival of Arts, California’s annual premier fine art show and is world-renowned for it’s artistry and theatrical illusion of living pictures. Faithfully recreating classical and contemporary works of art with real people, the Pageant of the Masters is held in a vast outdoor amphitheater and accompanied by a professional orchestra and original score, live narration, sophisticated lighting, and complex sets.

650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California,

949-494-1145

Kush Fine Art Gallery

Opened in 2006 by Vladimir Kush, the Kush Fine Art Gallery is a gallery that displays and sells pieces of artwork, including drawings, etchings, oil paintings, watercolors, and sculptures and jewelry made from bronze, gold, silver, and precious and semi-precious stones. Mr. Kush, a Russian born surrealist painter and sculptor, began attending art school at age seven. He immigrated to the United States and set up galleries first on Maui, Hawaii, and later in Laguna Beach and now has two locations in Las Vegas. The gallery is located on Forest Avenue in the Artist Colony area of Laguna Beach. If you’re looking for original works of art as an investment or just for the visual experience, be sure to check out the Kush Fine Art Gallery.

265 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, California,

949-376-8017

Laguna Dance Festival

The Laguna Dance Festival offers sensational world-class dance on a theatre stage together with art galleries and site-specific outdoor venues. It’s here at the festival that the audience can experience top-quality performances from international and national touring companies, and get that up-close feeling during the performances. You also have the opportunity to meet the dancers themselves in an intimate setting. The Laguna Dance Festival successfully transforms the distant world of stage dance into the proximity of a living room setting. Since its inception, Laguna Dance Festival has presented companies such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Parsons Dance Company, Hubbard Street 2, Trey McIntyre Project and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, among many others. It has also showcased the world’s most exciting talents from the Broadway stage, TV and screen and including principal dancers from The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and The San Francisco Ballet. Indulge your senses and immerse yourself in the art that is dance theater.

Laguna Beach, CA.

(949) 715-5578

Treasure Island Park

If you just want to do nothing but take in the beauty of the coastline, then this is the spot for you.This park is situated in front of the Montage Resort and is ideal for the amateur photographer as both the sea and landscape give off a variety of colors depending on the time of day. There are benches overlooking the water and grassy areas. Restrooms and parking are available off of Wesley Drive and the area is wheelchair friendly. If you are feeling energetic at 5:22 in the morning, there is Yoga in the park (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday).

Wesley & Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

 

Laguna Beach Tide Pools

The magnificent Laguna Beach coastline is dotted with vibrantly colored tidal pools that offer visitors a glimpse of life beneath the sea. The tidal pools lie in what is known as the intertidal zone (the area between the high tide and low water line) that teems with various forms of fascinating marine life. All of the tide pools are in a State Marine Conservation Area and fall under the protection of the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative State, which means that nothing is allowed to leave these areas, including game fish, invertebrates, sand, rocks, and shells. Tide pool docents based on the Main and Treasure Island beaches are available to introduce and guide you through the tide pools and explain more about the fragile ecosystems that survive in them. This is both a fun and educational experience not to be missed…whether young or old.

Laguna Beach Visitors Center, 381 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, California,

949-497-9229

Crescent Bay Point Park

At the western end of Crescent Bay Drive on a bluff high above the ocean sits a small, well-maintained park called Crescent Bay Point Park. It has several walking paths and hiking trails and offers breathtaking panoramic views… an idyllic place to explore your creativity with your camera. This pretty bluff-top park and marine refuge has a well manicured grassy area with benches for admiring the scenery as well as great areas for scuba diving, snorkelling and surfing (particularly at Big Hollow). This is a fun place to visit with the whole family. Note that the park does not have restrooms.

Murphy-Smith Historical Bungalow

The Murphy-Smith Historical Bungalow is a marvellous example of Laguna Beach in the days of old. It’s managed by the Laguna Beach Historical Society, and is steeped in the history of the area. Visitors can enjoy a docent-led tour of the building and learn about life in Laguna Beach in the early 1920s. The bungalow was built for the Murphy family in 1923 and is a typical example of a builder’s cottage of that era, complete with multi-gabled roof, clapboard siding, and a porch gable. Remarkably, the cottage survived two World Wars and is packed with nostalgic memorabilia, photographs, and items from its long and illustrious history.

278 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach, California

Open most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1PM to 4PM