How To Spend A Weekend In Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach
A view from the streets of Balboa Island. Photo: Storrey Lance

Tip! Balboa Island. It is an adorable vacation town complete with frozen chocolate-covered banana booths and fun souvenir shops.

Sink your teeth into SoCal culture.

Southern California is crawling with adorable beachside towns and unparalleled scenery. People all over the world are chomping at the bit to find out what makes the California coast so undeniably glamorous. The odds are high that you are one of these people and I am here to let you in on a little California secret called Laguna Beach.

Nothing compares to driving along the coast into the adorable town of Laguna Beach. There is a long strip of family-friendly beach which is easily accessible from the middle of town. The streets are stocked full of funky boutiques, inviting art galleries, and picturesque restaurants. This town was built for visitors to meander down every alley and discover the hidden joys in every corner.

Laguna Beach
The desk area of our adorable Airbnb. Photo: Storrey Lance

My boyfriend and I rented the cutest Airbnb for the night and spent the days wandering around the cute little streets and chowing down on dishes from nearby restaurants. We got an incredible dinner at Carmelita’s in downtown Laguna Beach. It was recommended to me and I can say that it did not disappoint. The place was packed but the staff was inviting and made sure we got everything we needed at their full-service bar. We were more than satisfied after eating there.

Laguna Beach
Exploring the sunlit streets of Balboa Island. Photo: Storrey Lance

On the second day, we walked around the main street of Balboa Island. It is an adorable vacation town complete with frozen chocolate-covered banana booths and fun souvenir shops. We window shopped and tasted the delicacies of the area. It is a quaint town but there isn’t much to do except stroll along main street and take in the warm, sunlit atmosphere.

Laguna Beach
The fabulous meal at Urth Caffe. Photo: Storrey Lance

We finished the second day with lunch at Urth Caffé. The 30-minute wait was worth it for the delicious meal we shared. The food came out fast and everything was fresh, seasonal, and delicious. We really enjoyed our meal before heading home in a dream state (or food coma). If you’re interested in sinking your teeth into SoCal culture, you’ll have to explore the town of Laguna Beach in order to get the full experience.

Storrey spent 2 days exploring Laguna Beach. 

Storrey Lance


Storrey's passion for travel has never stopped, including studying abroad in Italy. She's a foodie, vegetarian & loves to bake pies.

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