A Perfect Day in Laguna Beach

I have been to Laguna Beach several times for vacation. I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to have traveled to a lot of great places. Usually when I travel I am happy to see new things and happy to go home. But it is always difficult for me to leave Laguna Beach.

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This place means a lot to me and it may be because I have been there on vacation with family members who I love so much, but I think it is much more than that. Laguna beach is simply my kind of place.

It is right on the Pacific and there are beautiful cliffs lining the shores. Artists have traveled to Laguna Beach for years to create their work so there are beautiful galleries on every corner. There are great stores and boutiques all over and delicious restaurants. Laguna Beach can be a little expensive, and I am usually balling on a budget, so I head over to Newport Beach which borders Laguna Beach. Newport is more affordable and has some really great shopping.

Instead of describing every trip I have taken to Laguna beach I will just describe my perfect day in Laguna Beach.

In the morning I would go for breakfast at the rooftop lounge. This restaurant bar is located on top of La Casa del Camino. There is a gorgeous view of the ocean. I was sitting there one morning and saw a whale swim by, it was the most magical breakfast of my life.

 

Afterwards it would be time to hit the beach. There is beach all around you but right around the corner from the rooftop lounge is Bluebird Beach. It is a little more quiet than the beach right in the center of town.

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I would go to Montage, one of the most beautiful resorts. I try to stop by Montage every time I am in Laguna Beach. It is incredibly posh and so far out of my price range but it is a must see. They have a beautiful spa, sometimes I like to splurge on a pedicure or blowout. You can sit and feel pampered with a beautiful view of the ocean. The trip to montage is worth it just to walk around the grounds. There are walking trails with beautiful views of the cliffs, ocean, and gorgeous landscape.

My favorite place for lunch is 230 Forest Avenue in the center of town. They have great food and even better drinks.

Two martinis deep at 230 Forest Ave

It is a perfect place for lunch because the best shopping is right around it. There are so many beautiful art galleries to check out and great boutiques. I am obsessed with the store Rae. They have really cool prints, jewelry and home decorations.

 

If I really wanted to do some serious shopping I might take a trip down to Newport Beach’s Fashion Island. It is an enormous outdoor mall that is literally heaven for the dedicated shopper.

There is also a great art festival that goes on during the weekends in the winter and daily in the summer called the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival. Local artists come together to sell their work whether it be jewelry, clothes, prints, really anything. They also offer classes and workshops that might be worth checking out.

If I wasn’t stuffed already (who am I kidding I could always eat) I would have dinner at Nick’s, another restaurant in the center of town. It is a little more expensive that 230 Forest Ave but it is delicious.

I would finish my night by walking to some of the bars in the area. The Marine Room Tavern has an awesome atmosphere. It is a little country and they have fun games to play like pool and giant Jenga.

 

Across the street is Hennessey’s Tavern. The crowd is a little younger at Hennessey’s and upstairs they have a DJ and it is a great place to dance – it’s shockingly ratchet for Laguna Beach and refreshing after a day spent with Lauren Conrad wannabes. Between the two bars I have had some really fun nights.

The most fun I have had in Laguna Beach is when I would talk to locals and make friends. You can learn so much more about the cities you visit when you stop to get to know the people who live there and allow them to show you around and introduce you to their world.

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