Laguna Beach, California

Laguna Beach

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

While on our trip last week to Southern California…we always take an afternoon to go visit one of our favorite places…Laguna Beach.    We lived inland 10 mins away for many years in Orange County.  There are many great places to see…but this is a must visit!   Its a hotel/spa located on Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna called the Montage.  I have never stayed there….as its expensive..about $500+/nite.   But have had a chance to enjoy the spa….wonderful!!   It is located right on the cliffs and beach of Laguna.  The views from inside the hotel or outside on the walkways/beach are amazing!   Arrive just before sunset and you will be glad you visited.

We usually pull up around 3-4 PM to the hotel…you can valet for $5!  Cheap!  One nice thing is that you have a chance to see some Hollywood stars!  We have seen a few in trips there.  Just treat them like regular folk and they may walk by and say hello!  After you valet your car to get to the beach we walk through the hotel and take the elevator down to the pool area.  There you can catch a walkway to the cliff views and steps going down to the beach!   Its never crowded…you may see some photographers taking family portraits or a few locals surfing.  There are nice rock formations and wonderful views!  We were lucky this day…about 100 yards out we saw a school of dolphins making their way south!

I took this shot this past week….not bad for early spring.   In the summer, the flowers are in full bloom and your pictures will come out much better!   After the sun sets…make your way to one of my favorite restaurants….Javier’s for some Mexican food that is amazing!    If you are in the Laguna area…stop by the Montage and you will be glad you did!