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Things to do in Laguna Beach

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Campground
“beautiful beach with small cabins and a cute restaurant on the sand.. Park on PCH and either walk the tunnel or take the shuttle down.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Just go see it....I can't really explain it. It's famous and you'll never, ever forget it! ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Every summer from end of June through the end of August, and every winter on the weekends only”
  • 44 locals recommend
Beach
“Plenty of art galleries. Check the schedule for gallery walks or take yourself on a self-guided tour.”
  • 274 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“This locations has multiple paths some easier than others. Also allows bikes on some, not all of the paths. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“This is a "see and be seen" place with lots of beautiful people. The food is good and the atmosphere is very lively. There are a lot of drinks being poured, so the place gets louder the later it gets. There are some high rollers here every night, so don't leave your confidence at home. In the same Crystal Cove Shopping Center, there's another place that's similar but more intimidating and it's called Maestro's. The food is amazing there, but quite pricey. I've only been there once. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Spa
“Spectacular public beaches below the 5 star Montage hotel. There are several little areas, I personally like the last one which is very protected and hardly ever crowded. Walk the grounds above the beach, restrooms are A Plus and maintained jointly by the state and hotel since the beach is public but hotel guests use it also. Use the same beach as hotel guests paying $1000 per night. Go into the lobby before or after and enjoy piano music and a fantastic bar and view.”
  • 32 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great food, hard to get reservations. Walk-ins accepted with a wait. Or just do the bar! ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
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“Amazing rooftop at the top of a small hotel in Laguna Beach. Breathtaking views of the coast. Great for sunset. Has food all day long and great drinks. Known for their mojitos. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Bar
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“South African sprawling multi-level restaurant and music venue with valet parking. Fabulous rooftop on a warm night to go for happy hour or dinner. Middle level has a bar with some great music. Small dance floor but people manage!! Downstairs is a piano bar and dining. I like the food but not the South African wines!! Sticking with California or Italian. Very friendly place and a locals spot.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. It collects, cares for, and exhibits works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Unlike any other museum in the state, it collects California art and only California art, and ranges across all periods and styles, nineteenth-century to present-day.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Right on the corner of Cliff Drive overlooking Laguna Beach. Great place for a stroll. We recommend the crab enchiladas.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Beach
“This is known for all of its art galleries. If you like art, go! Also, during the summer there is a sawdust festival and "pageant of the Masters" Amazing!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“Amazing views of this unique coastline. Lots of walking paths, stairs down to the beach, great for picnics. All very walkable, so bring comfortable shoes and camera to take pics of one of my favorite places to catch my Zen.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Gorgeous settings, beautiful area over looking the ocean. Steakhouse & seafood, food is wonderful, but pricey. Great for special occasion and celebration. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“You can't get closer to the beach unless you were on the sand. The Deck is another place I primarily come for the location, though the food is pretty good too. But if you are really craving a beach front sunset drink in the hustle and bustle of Downtown Laguna, this is the place.”
  • 19 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Mexican Restaurant
“This is a "see and be seen" place with lots of beautiful people. The food is good and the atmosphere is very lively. There are a lot of drinks being poured, so the place gets louder the later it gets. There are some high rollers here every night, so don't leave your confidence at home. In the same Crystal Cove Shopping Center, there's another place that's similar but more intimidating and it's called Maestro's. The food is amazing there, but quite pricey. I've only been there once. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great food, hard to get reservations. Walk-ins accepted with a wait. Or just do the bar! ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing rooftop at the top of a small hotel in Laguna Beach. Breathtaking views of the coast. Great for sunset. Has food all day long and great drinks. Known for their mojitos. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Bar
“South African sprawling multi-level restaurant and music venue with valet parking. Fabulous rooftop on a warm night to go for happy hour or dinner. Middle level has a bar with some great music. Small dance floor but people manage!! Downstairs is a piano bar and dining. I like the food but not the South African wines!! Sticking with California or Italian. Very friendly place and a locals spot.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Right on the corner of Cliff Drive overlooking Laguna Beach. Great place for a stroll. We recommend the crab enchiladas.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Gorgeous settings, beautiful area over looking the ocean. Steakhouse & seafood, food is wonderful, but pricey. Great for special occasion and celebration. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“You can't get closer to the beach unless you were on the sand. The Deck is another place I primarily come for the location, though the food is pretty good too. But if you are really craving a beach front sunset drink in the hustle and bustle of Downtown Laguna, this is the place.”
  • 19 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Thursday night is 80s night for dancing and fun! During the day, they have amazing coastal views and lunch on top floor, as well as dinner. American Cuisine. ”
  • 12 locals recommend

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