Laguna Beach is another excellent weekend getaway to spend a few days relaxing and kicking back to rejuvenate and refresh. This charming town was built for romantic getaways. With a short drive time of just over an hour, Laguna Beach is a great getaway for busy Los Angelenos in need of respite.
Laguna Beach is a small coastal city in Orange County and is well-known for its many art galleries, excellent dining locals and beautiful beaches. Situated between the sparkling blue Pacific and the majestic canyons, Laguna serves as a year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts, and beachgoers. The Main Beach is home to tide pools, wide sandy beaches and a boardwalk that leads to the paths and gardens of nearby Heisler Park. Aliso Beach Park is a popular surf spot. This scenic destination has a history as the standout retreat vacation destination of Orange County. The downtown area is littered with chic restaurants, unique shops, relaxing day spas, and one-of-a-kind art galleries.
Where to Stay:
Casa Laguna Inn & Spa is an historic inn with suites and rooms, most of which have picturesque fireplaces. To up the romance you can book a “Togetherness Spa Treatment”, which includes side-by-side massages, a soak in the ocean-view garden tub, and a vintage bottle of champagne.
The Montage Laguna Beach is a cluster of Craftsman-inspired buildings with stunning ocean views. Visitors can book a Food of Love experience when making their reservations. This four-course candlelit dinner is staged in a poolside cabana, with some of the finest cuisine in the area. For the outdoorsy couple, sunrise surfing for two is a memorable experience with a private beach butler and the option of matching surfboards or body boards that are available for purchase.
The Surf & Sand Resort is located near the downtown area with quick access to shops and restaurants. With 500 feet of exquisite beach, this resort offers private oceanfront balconies, excellent coastal dining, an award-winning spa and much more. The resort was designed to resemble a sun-washed Mediterranean Village and has 167 beachfront guest rooms, including 13 Laguna Beach suites, all with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
What to Do:
The Laguna Art Museum is a hot spot for those hoping to take in some local art. The pieces throughout the intimate museum focus on California art in a range of mediums.
St. Francis by the Sea is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the second smallest Catholic Church in the world. The church was built in 1933 with rubble salvaged from the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, with seating for just 42.
Where to Eat:
Mozambique spans three floors, including a Veranda rooftop dining area with panoramic ocean views; the Durban Room, with a more intimate ambiance; and the Shabeen room, a lively happy hour destination. The menu blends American and South Africa flavors, with Portuguese traditions mixed with familiar wood-fired steaks and seafood.
The Ivory Restaurant and Lounge is a California cuisine hot spot that fuses a laid-back atmosphere with some of the most delectable food in Laguna. Blooming jasmine fills the outdoor patio, where diners can enjoy seasonal selections of meats, seafood and vegetables.
Asada Tacos and Beer is back after a brief hiatus. This Laguna Beach favorite combines an open-concept kitchen experience with service options designed for every diner. The menu is full of classic Mexican dishes paired with a top-notch beer menu — perfect after a day at the beach.
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