Get to know Orange County like a local through our recommendations.
Hot spots, hidden gems, and destinations simply too good not to share…
Jan’s Health Bar | Smoothies and healthy bites for on-the-go
Haute Cakes Caffe | A must for Sunday brunch
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop | Salads, sandwiches, and…did we mention they have a wine bar?
The Water Brewery | Purified water at its finest
Nick’s Laguna Beach | California comfort food with flair…
La Sirena Grill | Family owned, fast casual Mexican restaurant. A favorite “hole in the wall” restaurant that the locals love!
Urth Café | In the former space of Laguna Beach’s Landmark “The Cottage”
Sidecar Doughnuts | Sleek sweet shop for creative donuts, from sweet flavors to savory breakfast versions, plus coffee.
Las Brisas | Views for days…great for drinks at sunset and dinner- or Sunday brunch!
Portola Coffee Lab |Farm to cup fine coffee roasters with a passion!
Shake Shack | Stop in for a shake, burger and fries pre or post beach cruise! Perched off PCH high above Crystal Cove Historic District.
The Beachcomber | A legendary location with a special Martini Flag Raising Tradition at Sunset daily
Javier’s Crystal Cove | Upscale Mexican Restaurant- great late night spot!
Urban Plates | Delicious and affordable organic food.
Irvine Ranch Market | A local’s market with a killer meat and seafood counter
Mother’s Market | Grocery shopping with great produce and ready-made bar
Healthy Spot | Because pets need great food and daycare too
South Coast Plaza | A given for shopping and just simply not right if we left it off the list
Downtown Laguna | From art galleries to unique boutiques, there is so much to experience!
Fashion Island | Premier shopping destination in Newport Beach
Balboa Bay Resort | Only beach-front resort in Newport Beach
Grit Cycle | A spin experience unlike any other
The 12 | Cross-training classes for all – three locations
Pageant of the Masters | An experience one must see to believe
The Sawdust Festival | Celebrating over 50 years of history in Laguna Beach
Crystal Cove State Park and Beach | Camping, hiking, and beach waves…
Main Beach Laguna | Sun tans, volleyball, basketball, surfing and tide pools…
Woods Cove | A great stretch of the Laguna Beach sand…
Thousand Steps Beach Laguna | It may be part of the beach, but the locals use this for a workout too!
Balboa Island | Take a trip back in time to see Orange County in the early days. Make sure to grab a Balboa Bar while you walk around town!
Peter’s Canyon Hiking Trail | Walk through beautiful scenery and hike the trails. Great place to escape the city and be immersed in nature.