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Laguna Beach

Updated 1/2006

Laguna Beach is a renowned vacation destination because it has some of the most beautiful coastline and public beaches in Orange County.  Laguna Beach is fantastic vacation destination for someone looking for a weekend getaway or tranquil vacation.  The town also has an offbeat, artsy style that many people enjoy.  Hotels can be found along the waterfront - sometimes with private beaches.  Restaurants vary from low-key casual places to trendy or formal.

Even if you're staying elsewhere, it's nice to visit Laguna for a day to walk around the shops and galleries and visit the beautiful tide pools (best early in the day or late afternoon)

Laguna Beach Hotels

Montage Resort and Spa
Located two miles from downtown Laguna, all rooms in this hotel have sweeping views of the ocean and the hotel has access to secluded sandy beaches.  From rooms in the Payne or Wendt blocks, you'll be able to hear the crashing surf as you fall asleep at night.  A great place to get away from it all. 

Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Nigel
Ritz-Carlton has some of the best hotel coastline in this area. A romantic retreat with all the services and amenities you would expect at the Ritz.

La Casa Del Camino
La Casa Del Camino is a charming 1927 hotel located adjacent to the ocean.  Free wireless internet access is available in the lobby and on the beautiful rooftop deck.  Continental Breakfast is included.

Surf and Sand Hotel
Surf and Sand Hotel has its own 500 foot sandy beach and each room has a balcony or deck with a direct ocean view.  Rooms are tastefully appointed and the hotel's restaurant has won critical acclaim


Las Brisas is an upscale Mexican restaurant featuring fresh seafood.  The restaurant has beautiful views of the coastline and is a short (uphill) walk from the center of town.  Outside is a casual bar where appetizers and drinks are served.  Try the margaritas!

Aubergine in Newport Beach is a fine dining experience you'll probably want to enjoy without the kids.  The wine list is wonderful, and this place is a find in Orange County which is generally not known for it's refined dining. The five and nine course tasting menus are unforgettable

Wahoo's Fish Tacos (Laguna Beach and multiple locations) This casual restaurant caters to surfers who want simple tacos made with the freshest ingredients.  Their fish tacos are always made with fresh grilled fish - when Wahoo is available, it is a special treat.  Wahoo's also has a wide variety of other Mexican dishes

Kitima Thai Cuisine is hidden away in an office park in Irvine - but don't be fooled - it serves Orange County's best Thai cuisine with delicate sauces that are not over-sugary like many Thai fast food places.

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