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==Get in==
 
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===By plane===
 
===By plane===
 
Orange County's '''John Wayne Airport''', also known as '''SNA''', [http://www.ocair.com] is only about 15 miles from Laguna Beach.   
 
Orange County's '''John Wayne Airport''', also known as '''SNA''', [http://www.ocair.com] is only about 15 miles from Laguna Beach.   
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*<do name="SoCal Sports Massage | Spa Party Planners" alt="Professional Therapeutic Massage" address="1000 No Coast Highway" directions="" phone="949-903-4639" url="http://www.socalsportsmassage.com" hours="daily by appt." price="" lat="" long="">[http://www.socalsportsmassage.net SoCal Sports Massage Therapy is a professional therapeutic & sports massage practice as well as Spa Party Planners in Laguna Beach and Costa Mesa California]. Modalities practiced include Neuromuscular, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic & Sports Massage We are happy to come to your Orange County location for massage therapy or a Spa Party. Our pricing is competitive but our massage skills our superior</do>
 
 
*There is very '''good scuba and skin diving''' in Laguna. Diver's Cove is in north Laguna.
 
*There is very '''good scuba and skin diving''' in Laguna. Diver's Cove is in north Laguna.
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*There are some good '''surfing''' breaks in Laguna however it is always best to check with lifeguards for the designated areas since it is not allowed at many beaches. But be weary and considerate since several breaks are pretty localized. Surfing tends to be more laid back at '''Thalia st''' since there are already a ton of people out in the water anyways. Grab a sponge board and hit the glassy shore break at '''Main Beach''', or the neck breakers at '''Crescent Bay'''.
 
*There are some good '''surfing''' breaks in Laguna however it is always best to check with lifeguards for the designated areas since it is not allowed at many beaches. But be weary and considerate since several breaks are pretty localized. Surfing tends to be more laid back at '''Thalia st''' since there are already a ton of people out in the water anyways. Grab a sponge board and hit the glassy shore break at '''Main Beach''', or the neck breakers at '''Crescent Bay'''.
 
'''CAUTION:''' Laguna is notorious for its shore breaking waves which cause countless neck and back injuries year round. Checking with lifeguards about the conditions is alway a must if you are thinking about going out in the water for your first time.
 
'''CAUTION:''' Laguna is notorious for its shore breaking waves which cause countless neck and back injuries year round. Checking with lifeguards about the conditions is alway a must if you are thinking about going out in the water for your first time.
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*There are some steep streets going to Top of the World and Arch Beach heights that are great for downhill skateboarding. Especially the fire road between T.O.W and Arch Beach heights. While you're up there check out the amazing view and a beautiful sunset.
 
*There are some steep streets going to Top of the World and Arch Beach heights that are great for downhill skateboarding. Especially the fire road between T.O.W and Arch Beach heights. While you're up there check out the amazing view and a beautiful sunset.
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*Awesome '''tide pools''' at Moss Street--bring the kids and check out some sea anemones.
 
*Awesome '''tide pools''' at Moss Street--bring the kids and check out some sea anemones.
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*'''Experts only skimboarding''' at Victoria Beach and Aliso however there are strict rules about skimming during the summer.
 
*'''Experts only skimboarding''' at Victoria Beach and Aliso however there are strict rules about skimming during the summer.
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*Good '''mountain biking''' in Laguna Canyon and Laguna Wilderness Park. Laguna's mountain biking tends to be very vertical and will test your limits. Going off roading from the fire road between Arch Beach Heights and T.O.W. can be quite a rush.
 
*Good '''mountain biking''' in Laguna Canyon and Laguna Wilderness Park. Laguna's mountain biking tends to be very vertical and will test your limits. Going off roading from the fire road between Arch Beach Heights and T.O.W. can be quite a rush.
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*'''Take a hike''' out in El Morro canyon.
 
*'''Take a hike''' out in El Morro canyon.
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*'''Have a picnic''' in one of the many beautiful parks in the Laguna area.
 
*'''Have a picnic''' in one of the many beautiful parks in the Laguna area.
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*<do name="SoCal Sports Massage" alt="" address="1000 No Coast Highway" directions="" phone="949-903-4639" url="http://www.socalsportsmassage.com" hours="Daily by appointment" price="" lat="" long="">A professional therapeutic and sports massage practice as well as spa party planners. Modalities practiced include Neuromuscular, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic & Sports Massage.</do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==

Revision as of 20:43, 28 July 2010

Laguna Beach may also refer to Bang Tao, Phuket, Thailand.

Laguna Beach is a resort-residential community (population about 20,000) along the Pacific coast in South Orange County in Southern California. It is known for its extensive artist community, seaside village atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and luxury resort hotels. Fans of the Beach Boys will recall the mention of the city in the song "Surfin' Safari". In warm sunny weather, Laguna Beach can have an overwhelming Mediterranean-island ambiance. Laguna Beach attracts a few million visitors a year.

Contents

Get in

By plane

Orange County's John Wayne Airport, also known as SNA, [1] is only about 15 miles from Laguna Beach. From SNA, you can get to Laguna Beach by one of several ways: rent a car and drive (most popular), take a taxi (about $50), take a door-to-door shuttle (about $30) or limo, or take the OCTA [see Orange County Transportation Authority below] bus #76 ($2.50, runs hourly) to the Newport Transportation Center and transfer there to the OCTA bus #1 that runs to Laguna Beach via the Pacific Coast Highway. All of these modes may be found at the SNA's Ground Transportation Center across the street from Terminal A and B, with the exception of the OCTA bus #76, which is boarded at the OCTA Bus Stop at the far end of Terminal B curbside.

By car

Laguna Beach is located along the Pacific Coast Highway (CA 1) at the "T" intersection of Laguna Canyon Road (CA 133), which becomes Broadway in town.

From John Wayne Airport, you can take either Interstate 405 (to the north) or CA-73 (to the south and partway a toll road) to get to CA-133 and south to Laguna Beach. Alternatively, you can drive south from John Wayne Airport to Newport Beach and pick up CA-1 to Laguna Beach

By rail

Amtrak and Metrolink stations are located in Irvine, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, and San Clemente.

Get around

Laguna Beach is a linear town stretched along the Pacific Coast Highway (CA 1) punctuated by several canyons. In town, Broadway (CA 133, which becomes Laguna Canyon Drive out of town) divides the Pacific Coast Highway into the North Coast Highway and the South Coast Highway; address numbers increase outward from Broadway, with odd-number Coast Highway addresses on the ocean side.

By public transit

  • Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA)[2]. The OCTA Bus #1 runs up and down the Coast Hwy twice an hour. It also stops at the Transit Center on Broadway in downtown Laguna Beach. $1.50
  • Laguna Beach Transit[3] operates three mainline fixed bus routes, hourly schedule, year round six days a week (6:30AM to 6:15PM weekdays; 9:20AM to 6:15PM Saturdays; no service Sundays). The Gray route services North Laguna, Laguna Canyon, and Top of the World. The Blue route services Bluebird Canyon and Arch Beach Heights. The Red route services the South Coast Hwy corridor from Downtown to Ritz Carlton (Dana Point) and back. All buses loop back to the Transit Center on Broadway in downtown. Adults 75 cents.

The FREE Summer Shuttle Service is a four-line service to accommodate locals and visitors going to the Pageant of the Masters, local art festivals, etc. Beginning in late June through the end of August, the four Summer shuttle routes operate seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Frequency 30 minutes.

By car

Although a car may be convenient, parking is at a premium in the summer; beware of having your car towed. You'll probably have to pay to park downtown in beach weather. The cheapest option is parking in the residential areas on the other side of Pacific Coast Highway. If you are trying to get downtown a good place to park is the district parking lot just across from Laguna Beach High School. From here you can take a short walk into town.

See

Before seeing anything, visit the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau[4], 252 Broadway (tel. 800/877-1115 or 949/497-9229). It is located in the heart of town and distributes lodging, dining, and art gallery guides. It's open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturday from 10am to 4pm (plus Sundays in the summer).

  • Art-A-Fair, 777 Laguna Canyon Road, 949-494-4514, [5]. Sun-Thurs 10-9; Fri & Sat 10-10. The Art-A-Fair Festival is one of three premier outdoor art shows held annually in Laguna Beach. Located in Laguna Canyon between the Sawdust Festival and Festival of Arts in a beautiful garden setting, it features over 125 artists, plus live entertainment, fine food, demonstrations and workshops. Artists from California as well as many other states and countries apply annually and are accepted through a jury system, which contributes to the high quality of art and master crafts among participants. $3.50-7.00.
  • Check out the art galleries on Coast Highway, e.g., the stretch north of Bluebird Canyon. Its a nice stroll.
  • Festival of Arts[6] 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Fine art festival showcases Orange County’s most accomplished artists. Widely acclaimed.
  • Pageant of the Masters[7] 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Held nightly during the summer, the Pageant of the Masters advertises itself as the place "where art comes to life", which is about the best description that could be given of an event that is unlike any other. For over seventy years this annual pageant has presented recreations of famous paintings, statues and other works of art on a stage with orchestral accompaniment. The catch is that real people act as models for the subjects depicted. The artwork is textured in such a way that it is often impossible to distinguish the 3-D reproduction from a 2-D image, so bring binoculars to get a closer look. Tickets sell out early every year, so plan ahead to attend this event.
  • Every summer there is the Sawdust Festival [8] 935 Laguna Canyon Rd. It is going on at the same time as the Pageant of the Masters. Lots of brilliant local (Laguna Beach) art to look at.

Do

  • There is very good scuba and skin diving in Laguna. Diver's Cove is in north Laguna.
  • There are some good surfing breaks in Laguna however it is always best to check with lifeguards for the designated areas since it is not allowed at many beaches. But be weary and considerate since several breaks are pretty localized. Surfing tends to be more laid back at Thalia st since there are already a ton of people out in the water anyways. Grab a sponge board and hit the glassy shore break at Main Beach, or the neck breakers at Crescent Bay.

CAUTION: Laguna is notorious for its shore breaking waves which cause countless neck and back injuries year round. Checking with lifeguards about the conditions is alway a must if you are thinking about going out in the water for your first time.

  • There are some steep streets going to Top of the World and Arch Beach heights that are great for downhill skateboarding. Especially the fire road between T.O.W and Arch Beach heights. While you're up there check out the amazing view and a beautiful sunset.
  • Awesome tide pools at Moss Street--bring the kids and check out some sea anemones.
  • Experts only skimboarding at Victoria Beach and Aliso however there are strict rules about skimming during the summer.
  • Good mountain biking in Laguna Canyon and Laguna Wilderness Park. Laguna's mountain biking tends to be very vertical and will test your limits. Going off roading from the fire road between Arch Beach Heights and T.O.W. can be quite a rush.
  • Take a hike out in El Morro canyon.
  • Have a picnic in one of the many beautiful parks in the Laguna area.
  • SoCal Sports Massage, 1000 No Coast Highway, 949-903-4639, [9]. Daily by appointment. A professional therapeutic and sports massage practice as well as spa party planners. Modalities practiced include Neuromuscular, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic & Sports Massage.

Buy

The sales tax here is 8.25%, .5% higher than all other Orange County cities.

Eat

Food here can be very expensive. There are some great Mexican restaurants and some cheaper lunchtime places.

Budget

  • Adolfo's Mexican Food, 998 South Coast Hwy at Anita Street. ($reasonable)
  • Café Zinc[10], 350 Ocean Ave in downtown, 949/494-6302. Vegetarian café serving breakfast and lunch.
  • Gina's Pizza and Pastaria[11], 610 N. Coast Hwy, 949.497.4421; 1100 S. Coast Hwy. 949.494.4342. Two locations for some great Italian food, lunch and dinner.
  • Healthy Chinese Cuisine, 215 Broadway in downtown, (949) 281-6794. Probably the best eatery in this open-air Food Court near the corner of Broadway and S. Coast Hwy.
  • La Sirena Grill, 347 Mermaid Street, (949) 497-TACO (8226) in downtown Laguna Beach, [12]. Monday to Saturday ~8:00 am to 9:00 pm. Looks like a hole in the wall, seating is limited to a few barstools and handful of tables and benches, but the best Mexican food. Fortunately there is a second location, which looks like a restaurant and has the same menu, but no breakfast, at 30862 S. Coast Highway in the Aliso Creek Shopping Center with Albertsons and CVS, across the street from the Montage.
  • Orange Inn, 703 South Coast Hwy, (949) 494-6085. Good for breakfast & brunch, sandwiches, smoothies, coffee and tea.
  • Taco Loco, 640 South Coast Hwy, 949/497-1635. Fast-food ambiance, but quality of the food equals many higher-price restaurants. Favorites include Cajun-spiced seafood tacos, blackened lobster tacos, and the mushroom-and-tofu burgers. Opens late on Friday and Saturday, til 2am.
  • The Stand, 238 Thalia St., near South Coast Hwy, 949/494-8101. If any eatery can be called typically Laguna, this might be it. Only organic vegan ingredients are used in preparations. Smoothies, salads, and pita sandwiches are favorites. Open 7-7 daily.
  • Wahoos Fish Taco, 1133 South Coast Hwy, (949) 497-0033, [13].

Others

  • C'est La Vie Restaurant and Bakery [14], 373 South Coast Hwy in downtown (949) 497-5100. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner main course $15-18.
  • Five Feet [15], 328 Glenneyre St, in downtown, 949/497-4955. California Pacific Rim cuisine. Main courses $18 up.
  • French 75 Bistro[16], 1464 South Coast Hwy, near Mountain Rd, 949.494.8444. Contemporary renderings of classic bistro dishes. Dinner only. Entrées about $18-$38; Prix Fixe Menu $30. Early Entrées at half price 5-6:30pm.
  • Hotel Laguna, 425 South Coast Hwy. The deck has great views of the beach and (relatively) cheap food like burgers and salads.
  • La Paz. An awesome view looking south from Heisler Park.
  • Las Brisas[17], 361 Cliff Dr., off North Coast Hwy. Mexican restaurant that has a patio with some great views of the ocean. Mediocre and expensive food, but excellent views. It gets pretty packed on a nice summer day.
  • Mosun, 680 South Coast Hwy., 949/497-5646. Restaurant-nightclub serving Pacific Rim cuisine, with fresh sushi and large selection of sake. Entrées include teriyaki steak and pan-seared, five-spice duck breast.
  • Olamendi's[18], 1100 South Coast Hwy, #202. Mexican restaurant with a view and an extensive menu, including a Lite Menu (300 calories). Dinners about $15.
  • Ti Amo, 31727 S. Coast Hwy., 949/499-5350. Creative Mediterranean cuisine. Try the seared ahi with a sesame-seed crust.

Drink

  • The Whitehouse, 340 S. Coast Hwy.
  • Marine Room downtown.
  • The Sandpiper is about six blocks south of Main Beach, it offers good local music.

Sleep

In town

  • Aliso Creek Inn, 31106 South Coast Highway, , Fax: , [19]. Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course offers full service suite lodging featuring full kitchens, dining, banquets, meeting services, golf and recreation amongst the historic and inspiring Aliso and Woods Canyons. The Canyon Lodge Special Event Venue accommodates up to 300 guests perfect for a memorable corporate event or celebration.
  • Art Hotel Laguna Beach, 1404 North Coast Highway, +1 949 494-6464, Fax: +1 949 494-9776, [20]. Formerly America's Best Inns. Across the street from the ocean and Crescent Bay Park.
  • Best Western Laguna Brisas Spa Hotel, 1600 South Coast Highway, +1 949 497-7272, Toll-free: +1 888 296-6834, Fax: +1 949 497-8306, [21].
  • Casa Laguna Inn & Spa, 2510 South Coast Hwy, (800) 233-0449, [22]. checkin: 3 PM; checkout: 11 AM. Bed and Breakfast across from the ocean in Laguna Beach. Full service spa, charming unique rooms and suites with modern amenities, gourmet breakfast prepared with local ingredients, afternoon wine and cheese, high speed internet, and ocean view garden hot tub. $150-$650.
  • Holiday Inn Laguna Beach, 696 South Coast Highway, (at Cleo Road, northeast corner) +1 949 494-1001, [23]. Convenient location, across the street from ocean access and a Ralph's supermarket open 24 hrs.
  • Laguna Reef Inn, 30806 South Coast Highway, +1 949 499-2227, Toll-free: +1 800 922-9905, Fax: +1 949 499-5575, [24]. Formerly Best Western. To close in 2010; bought by Montage across the street.
  • Laguna Riviera Resort on the Beach, 825 South Coast Highway, +1 949 494-1196, Fax: +1 949 494-8421, [25].
  • Montage Resort & Spa Laguna Beach, 30801 South Coast Highway, Phone: 1-866-271-6953, [26] Sumptuous oceanfront hotel on a bluff with superb service, gorgeous grounds, and delightful views. Facilities for meetings, weddings, spa retreats, as well as a variety of fine dining restaurants.
  • Sunset Cove Villas, 683 Sleepy Hollow Lane (Located off of Pacific Coast Highway at the intersection of Cleo St.), [27]. Has one, two and three bedroom accommodations at a central downtown location with panoramic ocean views. Each villa has fully equipped kitchens, entertainment centers, satellite television and internet access and key-card security doors.

Out of town

  • Comfort Inn Irvine Spectrum, 23061 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 +1 949 859-0166,[28].(off I-5 Lake Forest Dr nearby Laguna Hills Mall)
  • Hampton Inn & Suites San Clemente, 2481 S.El Camino Real, San Clemente +1 800 308-5306, [29]
  • Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa By Marriott, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629 [30].
  • Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629 USA, Phone: 949-240-2000, Fax: 949-240-0829 [31]

Get out

"Oh, please do...", locals will say. John Wayne (actor and Newport Beach republican) Airport is only twenty minutes away on a good day.


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