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Hover your mouse over the attractions above to see all the wonderful things to do so close to Surf & Sand Resort.

Surf & Sand Resort is located at 1555 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, near the intersection of South Coast Highway and Bluebird Canyon Drive. For any questions or for further directions, please contact the resort directly at 949.497.4477.

Take a journey of discovery through the world’s largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. Meet more than 12,500 animals as you explore sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the North Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.

View the Aquarium of the Pacific Website

Learn about marine animals that have been rescued, rehabilitated and released into the wild, inspiring ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration. Ask the concierge about the different events coming up.
View the Pacific Marine Mammal Center Website

Art festivals occur throughout the year in Laguna Beach, from summer’s Festival of the Arts/Pageant of the Masters to the Sawdust Art Festival’s celebration of local artists to the Art-A-Fair juried exhibition and the Laguna Dance Festival.

View the Art festivals Website

Spend a day on this man-made island walking around the beautiful boardwalk, boating, biking, shopping, or lounging.

Visit the Balboa Island Website

Explore one of the trails in Aliso / Wood Canyons Regional Park. You may catch a glimpse of wildlife such as bobcats, snakes and hawks.

View the Alisowood Bike Trail Website

View the La Vida Laguna Bike Trail Website

Captain Dave’s Dolphin Safari offers daily trips to see dolphins & whales not far off Dana Point. Watch and interact with the frolicking dolphins & whales year-round.

View the Captain Dave’s Dolphin Safari Website

Catch a ferry at Dana Point, Newport Beach, or Long Beach Harbor for the trip to the island of Catalina. Go scuba diving, explore the town of Avalon, take a glass-bottom boat tour or explore the island in your own golf cart.

View the Catalina Island Website

Dana Wharf offers daily sportfishing and whale watching trips. Our trips are fun for the whole family and we welcome beginner and novice anglers and whale watchers! An ocean of adventure awaits you at Dana Wharf!

View the Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching Website

From the charm of Mainstreet, U.S.A. to the whimsy of Mickey’s Toontown, explore eight fantastic “lands” of nostalgia, color and delight.

View the Disneyland Website

Featuring Orange County’s only Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus along with nearly 200 specialty shops, a vast array of restaurants and cafes, cinema and Venetian Carousel.

View the Fashion Island Website

There are many renowned golf courses within a short drive from the resort, including executive and championship courses. Ask the concierge to recommend the perfect course for you.

View the Orange County Golfing Website

Take a “self-guided” tour of the bungalows and cottages of Laguna’s historic homes located in North and South Laguna. Discover the charm of Laguna’s eclectic neighborhoods and panoramic views by jumping on the city bus for a “Self-Guided Tour”. Maps and brochures are available at the Laguna Beach Visitors Center.

Established in 1959, the garden covers 2.5 acres of an upper slope area of North Laguna. See more than 1,500 plant species, a natural history and horticultural library. Docent led tours. Advance reservations required. No children under thirteen. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.

View the Hortense Miller Garden Website

Guided ocean-kayak tours suitable for beginner and experienced paddlers, including trips to Seal Rock, a sanctuary to sea lions, pelicans, gulls and cormorants.

View the La Vida Laguna Kayaking Website

Visit America’s first theme park. What was once an actual berry farm is now 160 acres of world class rides, unique family shows and one of a kind attractions. Enjoy a huge variety of thrill rides suitable for Guests of all ages.

View the Knott’s Berry Farm Website

Legoland California is built for real family fun with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions everyone can enjoy.

View the Legoland Website

Mission San Juan Capistrano was the seventh California mission, founded in 1776. Every year around March 19, people gather here to watch the return of the swallows to Capistrano.

View the Mission San Juan Capistrano Website

Visit the hidden treasures in ORANGE COUNTY ON A ½ DAY TOUR THROUGH PARADISE. Offering five ½ day tours: Two Ecotours–wildlife & beach tours, An art tour with optional wine tasting, a beach coastal & shopping tour or an Orange County tour. Light walking. Tours include transportation, educational guide, bottled water and snack.

We pick up at most resorts in Orange County

View the OC Wildlife Website

The Ocean Institute has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental education and maritime history programs and offers both on-shore exhibits and ocean expeditions.

View the Ocean Institute Website

Come aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Book the Behind the Scenes Guided Tour of the historic ocean liner and World War II troopship, and see restored areas that have been under wraps since the final voyage in 1967
Enjoy a meal at one of six venues or shop amongst the distinctive boutiques.

View the Queen Mary Website

This collection of over 250 upscale stores and boutiques is Orange County’s largest shopping mall.

View the South Coast Plaza Website

Catch a wave on some of Southern California’s most beautiful beaches. Ask the concierge about equipment rentals or lessons for beginners.

La Vida Laguna
Custom Tailored Private and Group Lessons.
View the La Vida Laguna Surfing Website
Great Southern Orange County Surf Desinations
San Onofre, Trestles, Doheny, Salt Creek, Bolsa Chica, Huntington Pier, among many others.


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