Laguna Beach, CA is the perfect summer hideaway for travelers, a city where you’re never far from the ocean. Even the city’s name conjures up thoughts of crystal clear waters, sandy escapes and sun drenched afternoons. It’s a charming place where you can still hop a trolley and take a tour through town.
Take a stroll through Heisler Park, a welcoming stretch of beach that has a habit of washing away any stress you brought with you. While it may be a bit of a jaunt, Thousand Steps Beach also offers quiet and seclusion to sun worshippers -- though bringing a surfboard will put you in good company too. Walk the shores and woodlands of Crystal Cove State Park, a picturesque outdoor sanctuary with restaurants just a few steps from the beach. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of dolphins in the water offshore, an area that’s been designated as an underwater park. See more animals and learn of the inspiring rescues and rehabilitation work being done at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.
The city is also full of art and color. A public art tour will take you past over 70 fixtures, while a visit to the galleries at Artist’s Village will have you reaching for your wallet. The Laguna Art Museum boasts some of the area’s coolest exhibits, with a special focus on Californian art. Catch a show at the Laguna Playhouse, the oldest continuously operating theatre on the West Coast. The “HIP” district offers another fantastic collection of galleries, restaurants and boutiques that will pacify any shopaholic.
When the day’s activities are coming to a close, rest in peace and quiet at an IHG hotel. With affordable prices and convenient locations, you’ll get the best value for your dollar without compromising quality. It’s just another reason to mark your calendar, pack your bags and escape to Laguna Beach.