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Laguna Beach City Trip - South Laguna

The iconic lifeguard tower at Main Beach in Laguna

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LAGUNA BEACH DAY 2: South Laguna, The Old Pottery Place, Nightlife

Hopefully, the sound of the ocean's waves lulled you into a deep sleep and you are ready to do what the locals do: take a morning beach walk. Laguna is a dog town and, even though dogs aren't officially allowed to walk on the beach without a leash, plenty of pooches are let loose for an early morning run.

Many locals and residents who love Laguna Beach skip sleepy North Laguna and crowded downtown altogether for less packed South Laguna, which is a mere 10-minute walk away from downtown. If you are inclined to do so while you walk, you can find a divinely-inspired beach cove at the end of each street that you cross.

On your walks, you may encounter artists at work on the cliffs of Laguna Beach, California

After an early morning beach walk, South Laguna locals order up a latté and a fast and healthy breakfast at Goko Café. For a casual sit-down affair, walk over to Casa del Camino's K’ya Bistro. Morning cocktails are always on the menu as are gourmet-minded breakfast sandwiches, bagels, pancakes, oatmeal, along with more exotic fare like a smoked salmon plate, duck hash scramble and Italian sausage frittata.

After your morning walk and breakfast, spend a few hours frolicking in the surf and sand at one of the city's small, secluded beaches. When lunchtime rolls around, shake the sand off your body and go to the super casual outdoor patio at Wahoo's Fish Taco for a fresh, deep-fried fish taco, fluffy white rice, spicy Cajun beans and a beer. Or, if you are inclined to freshen up beforehand, head for some upscale shopping or dining at the Old Pottery Place and Sapphire Laguna. Once home to the famed Pottery Shack, this quaint multi-building space is now filled with a gallery, a shoe store, a chocolate shop, a bookstore and the exquisite restaurant, Sapphire Laguna. Headed by chef Azmin Ghahreman, Sapphire Laguna boasts one of Laguna's best dining experiences, as the Swiss-trained chef is passionate about bringing together the best of local, seasonal ingredients along with international artisanal products, fine cheeses and wines from around the world. His adjacent Sapphire Laguna Pantry is a splendid place to build a gourmet picnic basket, as the store is filled with artisan deli salads and meats, cheeses selected by a world-class cheesemonger, fine California wines, European-inspired desserts and other gastronomic accoutrements.

The dining area of Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, California

Splashes at the Surf & Sand Resort features a more contemporary take on the romantic dining experience, as its soothing, modern California ambience is enhanced by seasonally-minded contemporary cuisine and unequaled window-seat ocean views that can get rather up close and personal during high tide.

South Laguna has three late-night hot spots. Go for drinks and apps at The Rooftop Lounge atop the historic La Casa Del Camino boutique hotel, a sexy venue that features the best panoramic views in Laguna. The excellent, exotic Mozambique restaurant shines late night as hipsters hang in the restaurant's second-story Shebeen Lounge to enjoy live music, drinks and a first-rate lounge menu.

*Artist on cliff image courtesy of Visit Laguna Beach


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