With a vibrant cultural scene and nearly eight miles of sandy Pacific beaches to explore, staying at one of our Southern California vacation rentals in beautiful Laguna Beach practically guarantees an unforgettable getaway! The long stretch of coastline may be the city's most eye-catching draw, but with more than 100 art galleries and studios, Laguna Beach's history as an artists' colony has imbued this town with a rich cultural life not commonly associated with laid-back beach towns. From sunbathing to skimboarding to gallery-hopping, you'll find all kinds of ways to fill your days when you stay at a Laguna Beach vacation rental!
Best Beaches in Laguna Beach
With nearly eight miles of sandy beach - all public! - within the city limits, Laguna Beach is heaven for lovers of surf and sand. Crescent Bay Beach is a hotspot for tourists and locals alike, thanks to its unique tide pools and excellent body surfing and rentals. Moss Point and Treasure Island beaches also have tide pools to explore during low tide. If you're looking for a good workout and memorable stroll to the beach's edge, 1,000 Steps Beach will give you just that! The beach literally has a staircase with 1,000 steps to get to the warm sand. Just north of town, Crystal Cove State Park is perfect for nature lovers with over 2,400 acres of gorgeous woodlands to hike, horseback ride, bike, and crystal clear water for scuba diving.
Things to Do in Laguna Beach
Along with hundreds of art galleries such as ART Laguna, Peter Blake Gallery, and Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach is the home of the annual Festival of Arts and its magnificent Pageant of the Masters. Each summer evening during the festival, art to comes to life during the Pageant as real people re-create famous works of art onstage, complete with intricate set design, orchestral accompaniment, and live narration.
Kids and adults alike will fall in love with the adorable seals while visiting the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The center is open daily for viewing of the animals undergoing rehabilitation, and they also provide a number of classes for all ages to learn about ocean mammals.
Don't forget to document your Laguna Beach vacation with lots of photos! Heisler Park is the perfect place to capture all the beauty of classic Laguna Beach. With amazing views of the ocean and benches scattered all around to watch the waves and sunsets, this is the ideal spot to slow down and enjoy what vacation is all about.
Laguna Beach Wining & Dining
Relax and replenish in one of many mouth-watering Laguna Beach restaurants - foodies flock here for the diverse array of locally-owned and operated eateries. Enjoy fresh seafood at Nick's Laguna Beach, or brick-oven pizzas at Romeo Cucina...or head to Watermarc for hand-crafted cocktails and tasty eats.
When staying in a Laguna Beach vacation rental, the fun doesn't end when the sun goes down! Check out live music in a historic setting at the Marine Room, or head to local dive The Sandpiper (also known as "The Dirty Bird") on Thursdays for reggae nights.
Day Trips from Laguna Beach
Want to explore a little more of Southern California? You're in the perfect place: situated halfway between the star-studded attractions of Los Angeles and the more laid-back sites of San Diego, our Laguna Beach rental homes put you within easy day-trip distance to both amazing cities! Closer to home, you're only 25 minutes from supreme Newport Beach shopping - be sure to check out the beautiful outdoor mall Fashion Island. And if you're traveling with younger folks - or the young at heart - Disneyland, California Adventure, and Knott's Berry Farm are just over 30 minutes away in Anaheim.
Whether you're booking a Laguna Beach vacation rental to explore the city's art life or soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches - or both! - we've got you covered.
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