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5 Reasons Why Winter in Laguna Beach Is Super Popular

Many people choose to get away during the winter season if they live in colder climates. Some need a change of scenery, others want to get out from the cold, and some suffer illnesses that become hard to manage in the winter months like arthritis and seasonal affective disorder (which is a serious condition). If this applies to you, you might find that winter in Laguna Beach is the place to be when the temperature drops.


Whether you have the means to be a snowbird and move somewhere during the cold seasons or just need to get away for a week or two, spending winter in Laguna Beach should be at the top of your list for a getaway.


Here are a few reasons why winter in Laguna Beach has become so popular.


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Why Winter in Laguna Beach?

Honestly, Beach Holidays Are the Best


There are many things to do during winter in Laguna Beach. From The Promenade on the Forest, where they light the tree on December 4th, and there’s even a Santa parade, to the Surfboard Menorah, which runs from November 28th to December 6th. There’s also plenty of other local events all around town during the holiday months.


And the best part is, you don’t have to trudge through the snow; you still get the beautiful beaches and ocean views while spending time with loved ones making beautiful memories.




The Shopping Is Fantastic


Maybe you’re having a hard time finding the perfect gift for that special someone or someones; you enjoy shopping local, but there hasn’t been something that screams that special someone’s name, and they need to have it.


If you’re spending winter in Laguna Beach you’ll find that there are plenty of local businesses you can support and maybe find special and unique gifts for Christmas and Hanukkah this year. Whether you’re searching for kid’s designer clothes or artisanal jewelry, it’s easy to find in Laguna.


Some spots worth noting – Amena, Vertigo Home, and Sourced. Sourced is great because it hosts a variety of pop-up shops year-round!




Fine Dining And Local Eats


One of the greatest pleasures of travel is experiencing different foods. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling abroad or staying stateside. Each city has its own unique culture and way of doing things, cooking included.


Whether you’re spending winter in Laguna Beach or any other season for that matter, Laguna is a foodie paradise.


If you’re looking for a more elevated experience, Vine Restaurant & Bar or The Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub + Kitchen are some places worth checking out. If you want a more authentic street food experience, consider stopping at one of the various food trucks you’ll see as you explore the city.


Of course, there are options for all budget ranges, simply open your phone and do a quick search, or ask a local for recommendations!


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All Levels of Accommodation


These days, we have more options than ever before to decide where we want to stay while traveling. From 5 star hotels, beautiful Airbnbs to roadside motels, Laguna Beach and the surrounding areas offer all of those.


If you’re traveling by RV or camper, there are also available campgrounds and other safe areas to stop for the night, weekend, or longer. Some noteworthy places to stay during winter in Laguna Beach if you’re looking for a luxurious getaway are Montage Laguna Beach, Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, or The Ranch at Laguna Beach.


If you’re traveling in an RV, the best place to stay is definitely Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina. The important thing is you feel comfortable, safe, and relaxed wherever you are because traveling has been shown to be good for your mental health; get started on the right foot, which is where you’ll lay your head at the end of a long day exploring!


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An Artful Experience


Speaking of satisfying your mental health and mind, a lot is going on culturally during winter in Laguna Beach, not the least of which is its fantastic selection of museums to visit.


Art is excellent for the soul and valuable to show your children if they’re traveling with you. Thankfully, Laguna has you covered. The Laguna Art Museum, Museum of the First People, Coast Gallery, and Village Gallery are worth checking out on your visit.


There are many more to choose from, but these make a great starting off point. If you or someone in your party is an art enthusiast, this just adds to the value of Laguna as a winter getaway.


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Photo by Apostolos Vamvouras on Unsplash


There are many reasons people like getting out of town for the winter and fall months. The truth is, you don’t “need” a reason at all to just go and have a great time during winter in Laguna Beach. Many travelers to the area love it so much that they either plan trips back or book appointments with local realtors. So, fall in love with one of the best cities in California this winter.

Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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