Here we are on the second installment of ‘California Hot Spots that Valeria Must See’– 2018 . This is the Laguna Beach Edition. It sounds so formal, but we all know I am so far from formal.
During this part of our trip we will be spending 2 nights in Laguna Beach, one of which is my husband’s birthday. What I’d ideally like to do is to make this as much of a beach visit than anything. Especially after running around in LA for a few days. Plus, I need to work on a tan because by August I will probably be a smooth cool tint of white linen. (Yup, I may be the only Sicilian woman who never tans!)
Laguna Beach is a seven mile stretch of beach between LA and San Diego, and is a huge hot spot for vacationers. Which means there are a ton of things to see and do (and eat) with lots of people around, but what do we go see and do!? When you look at a map of Laguna, the beaches all collide into one another and look simple enough to walk to but I just uploaded the Laguna Beach app and now I am not so sure. hahah. But we will give it a whirl!!
The app is actually really good; it is the Visit Laguna Beach app. You can search hotels, restaurants, shops, as well as find the current weather, maps, surf and tide reports, parking information and an events calendar. And real estate, for those of us who plan to not come back home. (I know, my good friends keep hearing me joking about this, though I have never been to So Cal my gut tells me I will not want to come home. haha)
So far, we booked the Pacific Edge hotel, which is on the south end of the beach. We reserved a room in the reef tower (facing the ocean!!), which looks like a dream. The amenities, and the area of the hotel, look pretty great, and we read that the waves can be heard in every room all day.. which turns me on. Haha. Falling asleep to the ocean is just what I want, folks.
Here is a list of places we discussed seeing in Laguna. So many of you guys commented and messaged me on FB with recommendations for LA (and San Diego!), I hope to hear some for Laguna Beach, too!
California Hot Spots that Valeria Must See
Laguna Beach Edition
Art Colony/Walk the Town– As I am learning, the art scene in Laguna is its primary draw, and well, it sort of reminds me of my favorite local beach art colony here in Gloucester at Rocky Neck. And while we are at it we will take a stroll through the town to check out their shops, local restaurants and stuff.
Heisler Park- When I looked up this place my chin literally dropped. The views are tremendous, and it looks like a perfect place to take a sunset walk. It is an oceanfront park set up along the cliffs with walking trails, gardens, and a marine refuge with tide pools.
Crystal Cove Beach Tide Pools– Researching Laguna is fun, tide pools around seem to be a running theme, and Crystal Cove is supposed to have the best ones. Feel like we would really enjoy trekking around on some rocks checking out the oceanic wildlife in the pools.
Royal Hawaiian Tiki Bar– The Royal Hawaiian is a tropical bar with super fun looking tiki cocktails, good menu, and we love that type of atmosphere, so I figured we would take a closer look. It is a street over from Heisler Park, where I figure would be a great location to take a night stroll along the water.
Thousand Steps– I keep coming across this as a must see place, and watched so many youtube videos on how to get there, because there is a catch! First, this beach is gorgeous, and is the largest in Laguna. Second, there is a large cave at the south end of the beach that can be entered when the tide is out, and basically only then, because then the entrance is exposed but you have to make it back before high tide, or well, you are SOOL.
Laguna Trolley– Laguna Beach offers a free trolley service, and I love trolleys, so I HAVE TO RIDE ONE! They actually may come in more handy than I am joking about, because they have two lines of service that hit near or on most of the spots we are looking to go. Also, that app I mentioned earlier, they have a trolley tracker in it so you can see where the trolleys are going.
Driftwood Kitchen– This restaurant is set up along the water, and the views look amazing. So does the food. It gets really great reviews, and the photos I have been seeing online are surreal.
Pirate Tower/Victoria Beach– Happened upon this blog while researching Pirate Tower. Gah, it’s just amazing. The photographer takes us on a trip to find Pirate Tower on Victoria Beach…and it’s just dreamy. Thinking my family would love to take a trip over to see the tower, and maybe just explore the beach, I know I would!
Let me know if you have any recommendations for Laguna.
Next up… La Jolla/San Diego!!!