From the lifeguard tower on Main Beach, to the hub of shops and museums around this west coast seaside village, Laguna Beach has earned its position as a spring break destination year after year. Besides serving as an attractive venue for MTV shots, the area is home to a myriad of artist galleries, shopping sites, and water sport activities.
Laguna Beach is located right between Los Angeles and San Diego. With just over 25,000 local residents, the area boasts white sandy beaches, quaint towns and villages, a modern resort atmosphere, and diverse culture. Laguna Beach balances small town charm with an attractive nightlife; music events, live theater, nightclubs, and resort-based performances are just a few offerings. If you’re looking for some spring break options, here’s what you can expect on your trip to Laguna Beach:
Galleries galore: Laguna beach is home to over 100 different galleries, and visiting an artist studio, shopping at the gallery boutique, or just enjoying the latest art opening event are a common daily activity. Make a stop at the Endangered Planet for an impressive gallery of animals, wildlife, and a strong emphasis on Earth Day. The Lu Martin and Studio 7 Galleries in North Laguna other highlights of the area.
Historic shopping boutiques: Local artists and area vendors proudly present their showcases at hundreds of shopping boutiques. Handmade accessories, jewelry, poster art, wall hangings, and other crafts bring together influences from the Mexican border, European villa inspirations, and much more. Peppertree Lane is a popular shopping district with a chocolate/truffle shop, women’s apparel, and even homemade gelato.
Resorts with the outdoor enthusiast in mind: Book your stay at some of the area’s finest resorts and enjoy a day with a tour guide or group expedition out on the waters. Take your pick from the Surf & Sand Resort, Montage Resort & Spa, or Hotel Laguna. Each one offers water sports, hiking, surfing, and beach explorations as part of their activities packages.
Head downtown for great dining: From the coastal resort restaurants, to the beachfront picnics and cafes, the area is filled with promise for the average gourmand. Laguna Beach menus offer an assortment of fresh seafood from area waters, fine Italian and American dining, and plenty of tropical-inspired bars for the complete beach experience! Whether you choose a table outdoors on the terrace, or prefer a cozy setting inside a contemporary restaurant, you won’t be disappointed by the variety.
Swimming with the dolphins! (well, almost): Enjoy an underwater aquatic experience at the Glenn E. Vedder Ecological Reserve where you’ll find an underwater park and tide pools. Here you can walk through the tide pools and observe fish, marine wildlife, and much more. The Laguna Canyon Foundation is home to all the wilderness parks in the area, including Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and the Irvine Ranch Land Conserve. Discover the nature preserves and artistic heritage of this area.
The natural attractions and local events on the west coast are just a few reasons why Laguna Beach should be on your Spring Break 2007 list. It’s far from the party scene of Miami, Panama City, and the nearby revelers in San Diego and San Francisco. Instead, Laguna Beach offers a diverse artistic culture, combined with a healthy dose of sun and sand for the relaxation-seeking beach goer. As you walk over palm lined coasts and terraces, you’ll quickly agree that Laguna Beach is your perfect getaway for Spring Break!