• Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events

Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events

While Surf & Sand is hard to leave, Laguna Beach offers a variety of attractions and events for you to take advantage of, including:

Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events
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• Surfing & body boarding
• Stand up paddle lessons
• The beach right outside your door
• Boutiques & galleries
• Acclaimed art festivals

 

 

Looking for something a little farther afield? Dana Point offers abundant southern California events opportunities for sailing, sport fishing, jet-skiing and whale watching. Mission San Juan Capistrano features 10 acres of gardens, fountains and historic structures. The Temecula Valley Wine Region features over 35,000 acres of rolling hills and vineyards plus 30+ wineries open their doors for tours and tastings.

NOTE: Local attractions change all the time, but our concierge team are always the most in-the-know. Give them a call and they will be glad to help you coordinate your activities or answer any questions you may have. Contact our concierge at 949.497.4477.

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                                    Attractions    Directions    Distance
Fashion Island

Featuring Orange County’s only Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus along with nearly 200 specialty shops, a vast array of restaurants and cafes, cinema and Venetian Carousel.

www.shopfashionisland.com

Exit hotel, turn left onto Pacific Coast Hwy.
Continue north through downtown
Laguna Beach and Corona Del Mar.
Turn right onto MacArthur Drive.
Arrive Fashion Island.

9 miles
20–25 min
Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events South Coast Plaza

This collection of over 250 upscale stores and boutiques is Orange County’s largest shopping mall. 

www.southcoastplaza.com

3333 Bristol Road, Costa Mesa, CA
714-435-2083

Exit hotel turn left onto PCH
Turn right on Broadway (133)
Merge onto the 405
North Long Beach Exit onto Bristol St.

20 miles
25–30 min
Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

Dana Wharf offers daily sportfishing and whale watching trips. Our trips are fun for the whole family and we welcome beginner and novice anglers and whale watchers! An ocean of adventure awaits you at Dana Wharf!

www.www.danawharf.com

Exit hotel, turn right onto Pacific Coast Hwy.
Continue south through Laguna Beach
Turn RIGHT onto GREEN LANTERN ST.
Turn LEFT onto COVE RD.
Turn LEFT onto DANA POINT HARBOR DR.

End at 24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr Dana Point, CA 92629-3018

7 miles
12 min
Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari

Captain Dave’s Dolphin Safari offers daily trips to see dolphins & whales not far off Dana Point. Watch and interact with the frolicking dolphins & whales year-round.

www.dolphinsafari.com

Exit hotel, turn right onto Pacific Coast Hwy.
Continue south through Laguna Beach
Turn Right on Golden Lantern.
Turn Right on Dana Point Harbor Drive. About one mile later turn left at Ensenada Place. Our Dolphin Deck is located on the second floor of this small blue building.

7 miles
12 min
Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events OC Wildlife

VISIT THE HIDDEN TREASURES IN ORANGE COUNTY ON A ½ DAY TOUR THROUGH PARADISE. Offering five ½ day tours: Two Ecotours–wildlife & beach tours, An art tour with optional wine tasting, a beach coastal & shopping tour or an Orange County tour. Light walking. Tours include transportation, educational guide, bottled water and snack.

www.ocwildlifebeachtour.com

Laguna Hills, CA
949-500-6981

We pick up at most resorts in Orange County.

9 miles
20 min
Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events Disneyland

From the charm of Mainstreet, U.S.A. to the whimsy of Mickey’s Toontown, explore eight fantastic “lands” of nostalgia, color and delight.

www.disneyland.com

1313 S. Harbor Drive, Anaheim, CA. 92802

Turn RIGHT onto Pacific Coast Highway
Make U-Turn at Bluebird Canyon
Proceed North on Pacific Coast Highway
Turn Right on Broadway
Broadway Highway 133 N
Merge onto I-5 Los Angeles
Exit Disney Way turn left
1313 S. Harbor Drive

25 miles
35 min
Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events Balboa Island

Spend a day on this man-made island walking around the beautiful boardwalk, boating, biking, shopping, or lounging.

www.balboa-island.com

Go north on PCH
Turn left on Jamboree
Go over bridge and you are at destination

10 miles
20 min 
Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano was the seventh California mission, founded in 1776. Every year around March 19, people gather here to watch the return of the swallows to Capistrano.

missionsjc.com

31414 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
949-248-2040
Go South on PCH
Turn left on Crown Valley Pkwy
Turn right on Camino Del Avion
Turn left on Del Obispo
Turn left on Ortega Hwy
Turn right on El Camino Real

10 miles
20 min
thumb-things-surfing[1] Surfing

Catch a wave on some of Southern California’s most beautiful beaches. Ask the concierge about equipment rentals or lessons for beginners.
La Vida Laguna
Custom Tailored Private and Group Lessons.
www.lavidalaguna.com/surf
Great Southern Orange County Surf Desinations:
San Onofre, Trestles, Doheny, Salt Creek, Bolsa Chica, Huntington Pier, among many others.

   
thumb-things-mountainbike[1] Bike Trails

Explore one of the trails in Aliso / Wood Canyons Regional Park. You may catch a glimpse of wildlife such as bobcats, snakes and hawks.

www.biketrails.com/alisowood.html

La Vida Laguna Bike Rentals
www.lavidalaguna.com/bike

To La Vida Laguna
Turn left our of hotel onto South Coast Hwy and walk for .2 miles

.2 miles
5 min walk
Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events Legoland

Legoland California is built for real family fun with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions everyone can enjoy.

california.legoland.com

Head southeast from S Coast Hwy
Continue on Pacific Coast Hwy
Bear right at Del Prado
Bear right at Pacific Coast Hwy
Bear left at CA-1
Take the I-5 S ramp toward San Diego
Exit Cannon Road
Make a left on Cannon
Turn Right onto Legoland Drive

25 miles 35 minutes
Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events Kayaking

Guided ocean-kayak tours suitable for beginner and experienced paddlers, including trips to Seal Rock, a sanctuary to sea lions, pelicans, gulls and cormorants.

La Vida Laguna
www.lavidalaguna.com/kayaking

 

To La Vida Laguna Turn left our of hotel onto South Coast Hwy and walk for .2 miles

.2 miles
5 min walk
thumb-things-artfestivals[1] Art Festivals

Art festivals occur throughout the year in Laguna Beach, from summer’s Festival of the Arts/Pageant of the Masters to the Sawdust Art Festival’s celebration of local artists to the Art-A-Fair juried exhibition and the Laguna Dance Festival.

www.pageanttickets.com
or Contact our concierge at 949.497.4477

lagunabeachinfo.com

   
Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events Ocean Institute

The Ocean Institute has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental education and maritime history programs and offers both on-shore exhibits and ocean expeditions.

www.ocean-institute.org

Exit hotel, turn right onto Pacific Coast Hwy.
Continue south through Laguna Beach
Turn Right on Golden Lantern.
Go to the end of the street and the Harbor is Directly in front of you.
Continue veering towards the right – the Ocean Institute is near the pointe.

7 miles
11 min
thumb-things-catalina[1] Catalina

Catch a ferry at Dana Point, Newport Beach, or Long Beach Harbor for the trip to the island of Catalina. See go scuba diving, explore the town of Avalon, take a glass-bottom boat tour or explore the island in your own golf cart.

www.catalina.com

   
thumb-things-golfing[1] Golfing

There are many renowned golf courses within a short drive from the resort, including executive and championship courses. Ask the concierge to recommend the perfect course for you.

www.playocgolf.com

   
Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events Heritage Walk and Tours

Take a “self-guided” tour of the bungalows and cottages of Laguna’s historic homes located in North and South Laguna. Discover the charm of Laguna’s eclectic neighborhoods and panoramic views by jumping on the city bus for a “Self-Guided Tour”. Maps and brochures are available at the Laguna Beach Visitors Center.

  9 miles
21 min
thumb-things-hortense[1] Hortense Miller Garden

Established in 1959, the garden covers 2.5 acres of an upper slope area of North Laguna. See more than 1,500 plant species, a natural history and horticultural library. Docent led tours. Advance reservations required. No children under thirteen. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.

hortensemillergarden.org

 

Turn left our of hotel onto South Coast Hwy
Turn right onto High Dr
Turn left to stay on High Dr
Turn right to stay on High Dr
Turn left onto Allview Terrace

 
Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events Knott’s Berry Farm

Visit America’s first theme park. What was once an actual berry farm is now 160 acres of world class rides, unique family shows and one of a kind attractions. Enjoy a huge variety of thrill rides suitable for Guests of all ages.

www.knotts.com

8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA

Go north on PCH
Turn right on Broadway
Take CA-133 N
Merge onto I-5 N via EXIT 9B toward Los Angeles
Merge onto CA-91 W via EXIT 113C
Take the BEACH BLVD / CA-39 exit- EXIT 23B- toward BUENA PARK
Turn LEFT onto BEACH BLVD / CA-39 S to Knott’s Beery Farm.

30 miles
40 min
thumb-things-queenmary[1] Queen Mary

Come aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Book the Behind the Scenes Guided Tour of the historic ocean liner and World War II troopship, and see restored areas that have been under wraps since the final voyage in 1967
Enjoy a meal at one of six venues or shop amongst the distinctive boutiques.

www.queenmary.com

1126 Queens Way Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
Go north on PCH
Turn right on Broadway
Take the 405 N
Take the 710 S exit toward Long Beach
Take the exit towards Piers F-J/Queen Mary
Merge onto South Harbor
Take Harbor Plz towards Queen’s way
Distance: 44 miles Travel Time: 1 hr

45 miles
50 min
Laguna Beach Attractions and Southern California Events Aquarium of the Pacific

Take a journey of discovery through the world’s largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. Meet more than 12,500 animals as you explore sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the North Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.

www.aquariumofpacific.org

Go north on PCH
Turn right on Broadway
Take the 405 N
Take the 710 S follow signs toward Long Beach Downtown/Aquarium (do not exit the freeway)
Follow signs for downtown and Aquarium
The 710 S will become Shoreline
At the 3rd signal turn right onto Aquarium Way
Via PCH
Go North on PCH
Turn left on 2nd street
Make a left onto Levingston that will turn into Ocean Ave
Make left at Alamitos that will turn into Shoreline Dr
Make Left on Aquarium