Hotel at a Glance: La Casa del Camino
La Casa del Camino opened its doors in 1929, when Laguna Beach was still a quiet resort community. In the years since, the town has become an icon of the Southern California lifestyle—and this Mediterranean-style hotel has become a landmark. With its popular K’ya Bistro Bar, live music nights, and the only rooftop lounge in town, La Casa del Camino puts guests in the lap of luxury.
- Steps from the beach: You can stroll along the sand starting from the hotel’s backyard beach, Woods Cove.
- Walk to everything: Laguna Beach’s energetic nightlife, restaurants, and surf shops are all within walking distance of the hotel.
- Magnificent sunsets: Get a front-row seat at The Rooftop Lounge, where you can try the hotel’s famous mojitos.
- Stylish digs: Guest rooms are done up in rich Spanish decor, with dark, carved-wood furnishings. Roxy and Billabong designers decorated the Casa Surf rooms with surfboards and bright colors.
Laguna Beach, California: Seaside Art Community with Cliffside Mansions and Tide Pools
Laguna Beach is located about an hour south of Los Angeles, just off the iconic Pacific Coast Highway. Fringed by scenic bluffs overlooking the ocean, this gorgeous resort city became widely known thanks to the MTV reality show shot here. But there’s more to Orange County than elaborate mansions, high-end boutiques, and upscale restaurants.
On the city’s Main Beach, visitors and locals alike can be found lounging by the ocean and playing volleyball along the boardwalk. Toward the north end stands Bird Rock, a towering rock formation where seabirds often gather. When the tide ebbs, you can spot sea slugs, octopi, red urchins, and sea cucumbers swimming in the tide pools around the rock.
Dating back to the 1920s, the area’s artistic community centers on the Laguna Village neighborhood. You can see public artwork, watch artisans working in their studios, and browse galleries. Fingerhut Gallery has an impressive collection that includes paintings by Picasso and quirky sculptures made by Dr. Seuss. The Laguna Art Museum collects California art dating back to the mid-19th century, from pastoral paintings of the Sierra Nevada to modern abstract work. For an introduction to the scene, drop by the First Thursdays Art Walk, which takes place along the Pacific Coast Highway on the first Thursday of each month.