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Laguna Beach is Southern California's premier seaside destination, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. A year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beach goers, Laguna Beach features seven miles of soft sand and surf.

Friday, September 13, 2013

5 Ways to Tour Laguna Beach; Five for 5

Our Five for 5 blog series focuses on what to visit, see and do in Laguna Beach. This fifth and final story will be about how to tour Laguna Beach.


On this two-hour culinary walking tour, you will literally get a taste of Laguna Beach and see why our beachside town is becoming a foodie destination. The Flavors of Laguna tour is a MUST DO for both locals and visitors. Along with the fantastic food you get to sample, you'll receive a mini history lesson on one of the oldest cities in Orange County. Each tour is different and Flavors of Laguna will gladly customize a tour for your group. Read more about this tasty tour here

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Flavors of Laguna
Year-round tours available
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See Laguna Beach's most spectacular residents, our marine mammals, on a whale/dolphin watching tour. Since Laguna is a protected marine environment, our shores are teeming with sea life like no other spot in Southern California. In fact, we have the highest population of dolphins off our coast than anywhere in the US (more than Florida, Hawaii and the Caribbean combined!) While on the tour, you're almost guaranteed to see dolphins, sea lions, and may even get a look at some of the more elusive whales or sunfish (read more about these huge prehistoric looking fish here). Tours are family-friendly and run year-round, but if you want to maximize your chance of seeing the whale migration, book your tour between May and October for the Blue Whales and November through April for the Gray Whales.

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Prices vary


Want to get some exercise, see the sights and learn about Laguna Beach?  Laguna Beach Walks will give you all that, and more.  Janelle Naess, a local resident, tour guide and founder of Laguna Beach Walks, will escort you and your group around Laguna Beach during her two-hour walking tour. She provides interesting historical facts throughout the tour as you see historical landmarks and breathtaking sights and pieces of public art. Laguna is filled with hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.

Need to Know:
Laguna Beach Walks
Be sure to book your tickets in advance
On Facebook 


See Laguna from its most stunning vantage point, the Pacific Ocean. Your tour will begin with a lesson from a trained professional before you push off from Fisherman's Cove to explore the coastline. On your tour you'll be treated to sweeping views of hidden coves, the abundant life in and around a kelp forests and even a colony of sea lions on Laguna's famed Seal Rock. Tours are just over an hour and are suitable for kids as young as three. La Vida Laguna also offers paddle board and surf lessons, bike rentals and customized eco adventures.

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La Vida Laguna

LOCA (Laguna Outreach for Community Arts)

Tour Laguna Beach in a non-traditional way; through your paintbrush and easel. Laguna Outreach for Community Arts, also known as LOCA, is a unique non-profit organization that advocates hands-on art education for all ages. Through a network of dedicated volunteers and artists, LOCA offers several mini art retreats for all ages and skill levels. From one-day programs exploring tide pools ( and using water colors to paint sea stars, to weekend retreats exploring art through a variety of mediums, LOCA offers something for everyone.

Need to Know:
Easy to book online 
Custom retreats available
On Facebook 

By Anne-Marie S.

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