Laguna Beach is the perfect Southern California destination for couples. It is quaint and romantic getaway. I ran a high-end interior design firm in Laguna for years and came to love this quirkly little beach town. Laguna Beach is known for it’s art culture, amazing beaches, and spectacular views. My love and I recently took an overnight for his birthday. If you’re looking for a fun little getaway with your girl or guy, here are my recommendations (FYI – affiliate links are used in this post, which means if you click a link and make a purchase, a small percentage of that sale comes back to us. Thanks for supporting illistyle):
Casa del Camino (check rates here) – Such a cute and unique hotel. It opened back in 1929, and that vintage charm is still there. We love it because the room isn’t fussy or business-travel (ugh) and it is within walking distance of ALL the things.
The beach – Laguna Beach has the best beaches. You can exit the hotel and walk the shortest block known to man right to the steps of Cress Beach, amazing views (see photo below). Take a stroll north on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and you’ll find yourself at Main Beach, the iconic beach of Laguna. On weekends and during summer locals like to play sand volley ball near the life guard tower.
Shopping – Up and down PCH are cute boutiques and surf shops, at main beach, head up Forest Ave and find more great places to window shop.
Art Galleries – Laguna is known for their artists, again PCH and Forest Ave will plenty of artistic eye-candy.
Banzai Bowls – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, stay on your sight-seeing game with one of the amazing açai bowls or shakes.
La Sirena – Organic Mexican food at it’s finest, this little spot is a hidden gem, it’s tiny and always busy – the sign of good Mexican food, always.
Sapphire Grill – Across the street from Casa del Camino. This is a great little restaurant with covered outdoor seating is divine.
Nicks – one of my favorites. I love their Tuna Tartar and their San Franciscan Cioppino (obviously I am a seafood lover.)
Your bathing suit – Southern California is known for it’s Indian Summers – where the temps can reach 75*F+ even in January. Pretty nice, huh?
A light jacket – beach cities are known for that costal “marine layer” (read: fog) that can roll in at a moment’s notice.
Ear plugs – the hotel was built in 1929, so the sound proofing isn’t up to today’s high standards. If you’re a light sleeper like me, you’ll want something to help with that.