The artist colony of Laguna Beach is one of Orange County’s hidden gems, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. The city’s topography is unique to other California coastal cities with its seven miles of coves and beaches where visitors can explore sea caves, tide pools, ocean side bluffs, natural tide pools and of course, sandy beaches, all within city limits. Laguna Beach also boasts the most beach front lodging options in all of California, making it an ideal spot for a beach getaway.
Art at City Hall - Coordinated by the Laguna Beach Arts Commission, this free exhibition showcases art by local artists. Exhibit is open for viewing Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Exhibitions rotate several times throughout the year. 505 Forest Ave, (949) 497-3311.
Art & the Beach - Watercolors on the Beach workshops take place in Spring at Treasure Island at the south end of Montage Laguna Beach. Embark on a docent-led tide pool tour, then paint the creatures you discover under the direction of a professional artist. Workshops for adults and children are presented by LOCA.
Sawdust Art Festival - Selected "Best Art Festival" by OC Weekly, the Sawdust Art Festival features 200 local, Laguna Beach artists. Browse paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photographs, sculptures, art glass and textiles native to the area. Demonstrations, workshops, entertainment and refreshments await you. The festival runs every summer, with seasonal events held throughout the year.
Visit one of the Smallest Cathedrals in the World - St. Francis by the Sea was once acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest cathedral in the world. It is now the second smallest in the World at 1,008 square feet. This 42-seat cathedral was built in 1933.
Check out Seal Rock - Located about 120 yards off the shore of Crescent Bay sits Seal Rock, named after the seals and sea lions that often congregate there. Check out the barking seals from the shore or kayak out for a closer look.
Snorkeling - Take a dip in Laguna's beautiful waters and explore the sea life below. There are several great beaches for snorkeling, including Shaw's Cove, Diver's Cove and Treasure Island. Bring your own gear or rent from a local shop.
Bette Davis House - This English Tudor home, built in 1929, overlooks beautiful Wood's Cove. See where Bette Davis lived during the early ‘40s, located at 1881 Ocean Way.
Adults with kids often feel intimidated to enter some restaurants in fear that they will be judged, just because they have little ones with them, and rightfully so. Thankfully those visiting Laguna Beach with children can rest easy because the city offers a variety of casual and grab-n-go options that both kids will love, as well as their adult companions.
Mozambique features three levels of dining, including the new Veranda rooftop dining area that boasts panoramic ocean views; the Durban Room, which offers an intimate atmosphere; and the Shabeen room that is always popular and lively during happy hour. The menu celebrates a blend of American and South Africa flavors, Portuguese traditions and exotic spices as well as more familiar wood-fired steaks and seafood. Visit website.
Daily Parking Rate: Valet parking available.
Hours: Mon - Thur, 11:00am - 10:00pm Fri - Sat, 11:00am - 12:00am Sun, 10:00am - 10:00pm
MARO WOOD GRILL
Enjoy mesquite wood-grilled & grass-fed beef, organic chicken and a hand crafted menu designed around available and unique products and then indulge the award winning desserts. Inspired by Argentina, appreciate pure simplicity over the lost art of cooking over open fire. Imagine wood-grilled rustic method combined with modern, bold and uncommon Argentinean meat cuts, mesquite charcoal fireworks, grilled, locally-sourced produce, and sensory overload of Argentinean love. Passion that is inherent in the hand-crafted items include chimichurri, aioli, membrillo, ice cream, empanadas, and matambre. Visit website.
Daily Parking Rate: Private parking lot
Hours: Tue - Thur & Sun, 12:00pm - 9:00pm Fri - Sat, 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Perched above the scenic Laguna Beach coastline, Las Brisas is a classic Southern California restaurant that delivers stunning ocean views, a sea-to-table menu infused with traditional Mexican flavors, and impeccable service. We are known for our scratch kitchen, authentic techniques and housemade specialties, such as fresh tortillas, rich salsas, and fresh seafood. Visit website.
Daily Parking Rate: Valet parking available.
Hours: Sun - Wed, 8:00am - 10:00pm Thur - Sat, 8:00am - 11pm
Harley debuts in Laguna Beach, taking the place of the former Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink space. Greg Daniels kept the space is the same, but the vibe is significantly changed up and the design is now mid-century modern. The menu features “New American Small Plates,” explaining that he’s designed this menu with dishes that are “simple but approachable.” Daniels’ menu items are only sourced from organic farms, ranches and rod-and-reel enterprises. Harley offers dinner seven days a week and is open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit Website.
Hours: Everyday 4 to 11 p.m. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. On weekdays, Harley will have happy hour from 4 to 5 p.m., and a Late Night Happy Hour from 10 to 11 p.m.
Experience a warm and breezy blend of the PAST, a beautiful PRESENT celebrating a new, masterful menu that marries our original Polynesian vibe with global coastal culinary, and a soon-to-be memorable FUTURE. The Molteni brothers are all about making our locals and traveling neighbors our "ohana" family, so be sure to stop at The Royal Hawaiian in its own "island paradise" of beautiful Laguna Beach. Welcome to the neighborhood! Visit Website.
Hours: HOURS Mondays Closed Sun, Tues, Wed, Thurs 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm Last reservation at 9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm Last reservation at 10:00 pm.
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