Laguna Beach is a unique little town all on its own. If you’re looking to put down some roots and settle into a coastal beach city that is truly unlike anything else Southern California has to offer, Laguna is the place for you! Come Fall or Summer Laguna’s streets are filled with excitement. As you pass by Main beach, you can catch a glimpse of pick-up basketball and volleyball. If you stroll across the boardwalk, artists will be painting, tourists snapping pictures in front of the historic Laguna Beach Lifeguard tower, and the occasional pelican flying away with someone’s turkey sandwich. In the Summer months, Laguna holds its annual Sawdust Art Festival, Pageant of the Masters, and offers free trolley rides throughout town. In the Winter months, although a little more quiet which many locals appreciate, there are still plenty of things to do. You can count on beautiful beaches that boast one of a kind coves, savory eats, great shopping and some even more amazing art galleries. Below is a list of the top five things you must do when looking to settle down in Laguna Beach, or simply passing by.
1. Eat at Urth Caffé
What used to be the space that was taken up by The Cottage restaurant on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Aster Street, is now inhabited by Urth Caffé. Although this restaurant already has a following as it’s worked its way down the coast from Los Angeles, it didn’t take long for it to become one of Laguna’s most favored restaurants. At any given time, the line here is wrapped around the corner, although usually, it moves much faster than you’d expect. Locals enjoy this restaurant, but it’s is just as popular with tourists. You may be wondering to yourself just what all the hype is about. Well, the answer to that it is tied in with the whole experience. Urth Caffé not only has mastered the art of an indoor-outdoor dining feel but also has lots of shaded outdoor seating too. The best part about this restaurant definitely comes down to the food and its presentation. This restaurant has it all, serving delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner! If you stop by for breakfast, make sure to try the gluten-free pancakes or one of their famous blended boba drinks. You will not be sorry!
To view the full Urth Caffé menu, view different locations and more, you can do so by clicking here or you can call them directly at 949.376.8888. Urth Caffé is located at 308 North Pacific Coast Highway.
2. Visit one of Laguna’s many Art Galleries
One thing Laguna Beach doesn’t have a lack of is its culture. With its many art galleries, there is a little something to suit everyone’s taste. In fact, many would consider Laguna Beach the art hub of Southern California. However, one art gallery you should definitely pay a visit to is Salt Fine Art. Salt Fine art is located just off the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and has an exceptional display of contemporary latin inspired masterpieces. Their collections and exhibitions compiled from brilliant artists all across the world. Next time you’re looking for that perfect piece of art to showcase in your dining room, make sure to pay Salt Fine Art a visit for an exhibition unlike any other. Stop by September 2—October 31 to see the works of Jorge Lopez Pardo and Santiago Valladares.
To learn more about current and future artist exhibitions you can do so by clicking here, or by calling them directly at 949.715.5554. Salt Fine Art + Raw Salt Gallery is located at 1492 South Coast Highway, 92651.
3. Heisler Park Walk
Looking to switch things up with your workout? Try walking or running through Laguna’s famous Main Beach to the top of Heisler Park. Heisler Park is located on the bluffs and is always filled with excitement! Start your walk on Laguna’s Main Beach boardwalk. Here you can take in the action and gaze your eyes upon the excitement that’s always buzzing near the historic Laguna Beach Lifeguard tower. If you keep on the boardwalk heading North, you will eventually run into some stairs located near the end of the basketball courts. Once heading up the stairs and along this path you can take in some gorgeous breathtaking views overlooking almost all of Laguna Beach. Keep walking past Las Brisas restaurant, although you may want to stop for a drink and enjoy all the action. You can keep walking for as long or as little as you want, the path does run out eventually. However, you might find yourself wandering down to one of Laguna’s quaint cove beaches. Heisler park offers incredible ocean views, park benches located in some pretty great locations, sculptures, and tide pools. In addition to a great walk or run, while enjoying some of Laguna Beach’s most breathtaking scenery, you will find some of the best people watching around. In fact, make sure to stop along the way and take the time to appreciate the many artists painting along the pathways.
Heisler Park is located at 361 Cliff Drive, although we recommend starting from Main Beach. Main Beach is located at 107 S Coast Hwy.
4. Shop by Main Beach
Another great thing to do in Laguna Beach is to shop! Laguna has a plethora of small boutiques and surf shops that are sure to have a destination in mind for everyone. One of Laguna’s more famed surf shops is Hobie’s. Hobie’s is located just off of PCH, on Forest Ave, and has just about everything. Hobie’s carries an array of children’s and adult items including but not limited to bathing suits, wet suits, shoes, bags, sunscreen, jewelry and so much more. In addition, they also carry some pretty surfboards, SUP boards and kayaks. So, if you’re in the market for anything beach related, Hobie Surf Shop is definitely your one stop shop. In search of some great home accessories? Tuvalu is located just a quick block up the street and has a great variety of items to transform your house into a happy home. From furniture to artwork and accessories, Tuvalu is definitely worth checking out!
For more information on Hobie Surf Shop and for other locations, you can do so by clicking here or calling them directly at 949.497.3304. Hobie Surf Shop in Laguna is located at 294 Forest Ave.
To learn more about Tuvalu Home Environment and their other location, you can do so by clicking here, or by calling directly at 949.497.3202. Tuvalu is located at 295 Forest Ave.
5. Visit Montage Laguna Beach
Whether a resident or just passing by, the Montage in Laguna Beach should definitely be on your lists of things to do. With 250 guest rooms, an oceanfront spa at 20,000 sq. ft, and 30 acres of prime oceanfront property, this luxury hotel is a must. If you live locally, stop in for a staycation right in your very own backyard. Even a quick stay at the Montage is worth it. Treat yourself to a spa package, a little shopping, and a delicious sunset dinner at the Loft, located on the property. If you are looking to relax by the pool, this is the place to be. The Montage Laguna Beach is known especially for its mosaic pool. One of the most “Instagram famous” views Orange County has to offer, the Montage pool overlooks the ocean, and is know for its unique appearance. Here you can find yourself relaxing in a cabana, and taking in the peaceful Pacific Ocean. Better yet take a sunset stroll on the beach, at low tide, you may even be able to walk to neighboring beaches for a little exploring!
To learn more about the Montage Laguna Beach, bookings, restaurants and more you can do so by clicking here, or by calling directly at 866.271.6953. Montage Laguna Beach is located at 30801 South Coast Highway.