Visiting Laguna Beach is like stepping into a postcard. There are dozens of art galleries, secluded coves and one-of-a-kind eateries. Even after working in Laguna for a year (and making it my goal to try all of the delicious restaurants) I have yet to make a dent in this city’s restaurant scene. I decided to list some of my favorite beaches and favorite places to eat in Laguna Beach.
MY FAVORITE BEACHES //
There’s really not a bad beach in Laguna (although Main Beach is pretty darn crowded and touristy.) Here are my favorites in no particular order:
- Shaw’s Cove. A beautiful and small beach with great snorkeling.
- Treasure Island. Located beneath the Montage, this beach usually has smaller waves. Not to mention you can walk around on the Montage grounds and the property is absolutely breathtaking.
- Table Rock. Table Rock beach is truly stunning and it’s fairly small which tends to keep crowds down.
- Thousand Steps. Thousand Steps gets its name from the steep set of stairs leading down to the picturesque beach that lies below. This is popular location for those looking for a tough cardio workout. Fun fact, I counted and there are actually only 211 steps – which is still quite a hike.
OTHER LAGUNA MUST-SEES //
- Sawdust Festival. Admission is only $8, and the Sawdust Festival combines everything that makes Laguna unique. Unlike it’s coastal neighbor cities, Dana Point and Newport Beach, Laguna Beach was founded as an artist colony. The same artist vibes fill the city to this day, making it one of the more laid back beach towns in Orange County.
- Pageant of the Masters. I have yet to visit, but I have heard so many great things about the Pageant of the Masters. Famous works of art are portrayed by human beings and it’s apparently a once in a life time experience.
- Top of the World hike. Popular among teenagers on weekend evenings, top of the world boasts ocean views as well as views of most of Orange County. If you’re feeling up for it there are quite a few hiking trails that stem out from Top of the World. Beware though, it’s quite hilly – it’s not named Top of the World for no reason!
- Heisler Park.
CASUAL DINING //
- La Sirena. Fresh and delicious Mexican food – definitely order their nachos. I prefer the South Laguna location because there is plenty of parking and space to spread out. The downtown location is great for grabbing your food and bringing it to eat by the beach.
- Zeytoon Cafe. Hidden gem alert! If you are looking for a place to escape from the crowds, look no further than Zeytoon cafe. Their upstairs patio is gorgeously decorated and is the perfect place to enjoy one of their famous paninis.
- The Deck. Located at the Pacific Edge Hotel, the Deck is the place to be for happy hour. I recommend their homemade vodka lemonade or their famous Red Tide.
- Driftwood Kitchen. Also located at the Pacific Edge, Driftwood Kitchen shares the same amazing ocean view as The Deck. Both are perched just above main beach and both have modern and delicious menu options. I recommend their French Onion Soup!
- The Grove on Forest.
- Jan’s Health Bar
- Moulin Cafe
- Anastasia Cafe