How much do I love Laguna Beach? Those that have known me since I started my Instagram account would probably say “a lot!” 🙂  This coastal town is truly a favorite.  Let me suggest a one-day itinerary for those who plan to visit.

Start the day at the Loft which is located at the Montage, a luxury hotel in Orange County. For breakfast, I had the Huevos Rancheros. I loved the slight spicy and sour flavors from the tomato salsa mixed with the creaminess of the eggs, beans, and cheese. Prepare to pay 2-3x more for your breakfast and drinks, but at least for the experience, this place offers this awesome view of the Pacific Ocean.

Pool view at the Montage

Now that your senses are awake, get ready for a slight hike to see the Pirate Tower at Victoria Beach. Make a left turn from the hotel parking lot onto PCH (Pacific Coast Hwy) or Highway 1 to go northwest. Exit on Nyes Places then turn left into Victoria Dr. Turn left on Dumond Dr and go all the way to the end to parallel park. Make sure you observe the parking signs to avoid getting any ticket or your car getting towed.

LEFT: The way down to Victoria Beach on Dumond Dr is an incline RIGHT: The stairs access to the beach from Sunset Terrace

Walk down to the beach and looking into the ocean, on the right is a cliff. You will have to climb the rocks and go around in order to see the Tower.  Please note: The waves and current are strong so I would avoid attempting to walk around the cliff during high tide as it can be quite dangerous.

View of the Pirate Tower at Victoria Beach

Pirate Tower has been around since 1926. The tower and the home above on the cliff was built for then state senator, William E. Brown and his family. The tower has a staircase inside that served as an access to Victoria Beach below. In the 1940s, it was purchased by a retired Naval officer, Harold Kendrick who hid coins in the tower’s crevices for children to find. Most recently, it was owned by actress Bette Midler. Here is a cool drone footage to give you a better sense of the tower and Victoria Beach. Rapunzel’s tower came to mind when I saw it. This is the storybook, fairytale looking side of Laguna.

Next, continue your drive northwest on Highway 1 for about 3 miles then make a left turn on Cliff Dr. Find a parking spot. There are plenty of things to explore here so I suggest putting as much coins as you can on the meter.

Heisler Park is, in my opinion, a photographer’s dream! The views from here any time of day are breathtaking.

During low tide, these tide pools are exposed. Wear slip proof shoes and explore the sea creatures that call this place home. I saw some small crabs, snails, mussels and small fishes in my visit. There are also several types of plants ranging from tropical to desert.

These Birds of Paradise is one of my favorites for its range of color and astonishing shape (like a head of an exotic bird).


There are several picnic spots in this stretch that allows you to enjoy the California sunshine. If you prefer to dine in a restaurant, Urth Caffe is a favorite of mine. I love both the drinks and the food here. I especially like the Nicoise Salad and the Grilled Vegetable Omelet.

After enjoying your lunch, walk around and check out the art galleries. There are so many to see. The Laguna Art Museum is also across the street from Urth Caffe to the left.

I hope you enjoy your visit to Laguna Beach. If you have been here before, please share your favorite spots below. I would love to hear about them!


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