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Surf, Kayak and Outdoor Sporting Adventures in Laguna Beach

Updated on April 24, 2017
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Deborah lives in Orange County, California and often writes articles about travel and places of interest in Southern California.

Have Fun at Main Beach in Laguna Beach, California

The surf along Laguna Beach is great for many water sports ... not just surfing.
The surf along Laguna Beach is great for many water sports ... not just surfing. | Source

California Beach Vacation Fun

If you are planning a trip to Laguna Beach, California, you probably are looking forward to spending time in the sun, having fun, and engaging in a variety of outdoor activities. This is one of the reasons that people choose Laguna Beach as a family vacation destination.

You may look forward to hiking, surfing, kayaking or learning to use a paddleboard. Whether you are experienced or a beginner, you may be looking forward to a new experience. Laguna Beach is the perfect beach community for people who love the outdoors. The weather is mild the year around and the surf is perfect for a variety of activities.

My family lives on the edge of Laguna Beach. Several members of our family regularly go kayaking and paddleboarding ... which is a wonderful way to enjoy the ocean. My husband used to be a regular surfer, although he gave it up a few years ago, as it is a physically demanding sport. However, there are still plenty of other ways to enjoy our local beaches.

When I walk along the shore nearly every morning, it is not unusual for me to see the tourists (and a few locals) taking a variety of lessons. As a result, I decided to find out which companies offer the most comprehensive lessons in our community. Taking a class or a few private lessons is a wonderful way to enjoy a Laguna Beach vacation and really get the most out of spending time along the Southern California coastline.

If this describes you and your vacation plans, what are some of the sports and activities that are available in Laguna Beach, and how can you make arrangements to participate in them?

Have fun on your trip!

Go Surfing in Laguna Beach

For the more adventurous vacationer, you may decide to spend your Laguna Beach holiday learning how to surf. There are many places where you can take private or group lessons for a couple of hours, and teens can even attend a week of surf school. La Vida Laguna is one of the companies that offers surfing lessons. Here are some of the other companies:

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Billabong Surf Camp at 949-240-2000

Soul SurfingSchool at 949-497-5918

Laguna Beach Second Reef Surf Shop at 949-497-6742

Laguna Beach SurfSchool at 949-280-3005

City of Laguna BeachRecreationDept.SurfSchool at 949-497-0352

Learn to Paddleboard

A popular new sport in Southern California is Stand Up Paddleboarding, also know as SUP. There are several locations in Laguna Beach that will give you beginning paddleboard lessons, and even tours of some of the local spots you can visit while on the water. A popular site to visit is Seal Rock, which is a nature sanctuary and home to the local colony of California sea lions. Among the local schools offering this service are:

La Vida Laguna at 949-275-7544

Kajubi at 888-545-8247

Paddle Board Bliss in Laguna Beach at 949-371-9433

Rent a Kayak for the Day

If you want to visit the Seal Rock nature sanctuary in a kayak, rather than on a paddleboard, you can rent your kayak in Laguna Beach and either explore on your own or take a tour. La Vida Laguna and Kajubi, both mentioned above, also offer their customers these options. Another choice for kayaking in Laguna Beach is:

North Laguna Float Company at 949-494-5910

You can own your own paddleboard!

Solstice by Swimline Bali Stand-Up Paddleboard
Solstice by Swimline Bali Stand-Up Paddleboard

Paddleboarding has become a popular sport in Southern California. Many people find it easier to master than surfing. In addition, it is an activity that your family can enjoy in lakes, bays and harbors, as well as the ocean.

 

Hike and Bike in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Area

As you travel into the town of Laguna Beach from Interstate 5 or Interstate 405, you will pass through the Laguna Coast Wilderness Area. It is a 20,000 acre wilderness park that offers an opportunity for residents and tourists to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, jogging, and bird watching along the many paths and trails that traverse the preserve. There are also volunteer guides and naturalists who lead scheduled hikes in the wilderness area. If you want to go on your own, you just need to park in one of the many designated parking areas along LagunaCanyon, and set out on your own. Make sure you observe the signs, however. They close the gates before dark each evening and it is easy to get your car locked in. This actually happened to one of our daughters once. She barely caught the ranger who had just locked her car in the parking lot in time to have him unlock the gate for her.

Other Fun Outdoor Activities in Laguna Beach

 

There are many other ways to keep yourself busy and active outdoors in the Laguna Beach area.  MainBeach has sand volleyball courts and a paved basketball court for your enjoyment.  Just north of MainBeach is a fascinating area of tidepools.  You can spend hours exploring them, and watching all the little sea creatures that get trapped there for a day.  You can also bring your own beach things and swim, sunbathe, jog on the beach, play paddle tennis, body surf, or engage in just about any other water or beach sport that interests you.  Whatever sport you enjoy, you are likely to find a way to pursue it when you come to Laguna Beach!

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      Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      Laguna Beach is a wonderful place for a vacation ... whether you love art or water sports, there is something here for you!

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      I love your holiday hubs always so inspiring and makes me want to go there !

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      These outdoor sports are available the year around in Laguna Beach, since the weather is mild most of the winter.

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Laguna Beach is an ideal vacation location!

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      enjoyed outdoor pic deb

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      We've gotten spring a little late this year, and maybe that's the case in other places too. I'm sure some people are looking forward to the season when all these activities you have listed will be possible -- when the weather finally warms up. Sharing this for anyone planning their summer vacation so that they will know Laguna Beach might be the perfect spot for them this spring/summer.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Vacation time is almost here again. School will be over for another school year before you know it. I know there are still 3 and a half months of school left, but they will pass quickly. People might want to consider going here this summer and you have lots of information about things to do. Pinned to my 'Travel' board.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I came back to take a peek at the outdoor activities available in Laguna Beach. We're planning a trip to California this summer, so you never know! Thank you for sharing.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Almost time to go back to school. This would be a great way to spend what's left of summer vacation. Going to share this again.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I took the above photo of Laguna Beach while walking along Cliff Drive with some friends. It is a charming town and a beautiful beach. In addition, there is so much to do here. Thanks for posting my article!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Going to pin this to my 'Travel' board since this is vacation planning time. Lots of people may find this very informative hub interesting and helpful in deciding where they want to go this year.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Kayaking is very easy. Almost anyone in reasonable health can do it. If you can stand up on a surf board, you will find it very easy to use a paddleboard. Everyone tells me that they are much easier to handle. Hope you have a wonderful visit here in California!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      These outdoor activities sound like just what the doctor ordered! I've only taken one surfing lesson, but I did stand up on the board. I've seen paddleboarding being done, but have never tried it. We hope to make CA one of our stops this Fall so you never know! Maybe we'll have a chance to try it or the kayaking. Very interesting! Voted up and shared.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Yes, the weather in Southern California near the ocean is relatively temperate the year around. This means that people engage in many of these sports the year around ... although they may choose to wear wetsuits in the winter!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Lots of interesting ideas here for people trying to decide how to spend their summer vacation. If I remember right the temperature stays fairly moderate there by the ocean too. Very informative article.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thanks for letting your followers know about all the wonderful outdoor activities that are available in Laguna Beach!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I pinned this to my travel board.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I'm so glad that you have wonderful memories of your days enjoying Laguna Beach. I think you would find that many young families still enjoy Laguna in exactly the same way you did in those days. I see lots of young families who bring their own lunch and a beach umbrella while their kids play in the sand nearby. It is a wonderful location for a family vacation!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      We use to hang out on Laguna Beach when we were young. We had no money so we would get the baby ready take his playpen, some blankets and beach umbrella and some lunch and hang out on the beach all day. It was so much fun. We had friends that lived in the hills above Laguna. My husband was in Laguna working when Kennedy was shot.

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      Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      Laguna Beach is a wonderful community, no matter what outdoor activities you enjoy!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Deborah-Diane,

      Love, love the water - oh, this is delightful! Thank you! Water exercise is wise and great for the mind!

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      Deborah-Diane 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      Living near Laguna Beach is a lot of fun. Our grandkids love the water sports, and I like to hike in the Laguna Wilderness area. Plenty of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy!

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Great hub, and a great way to live. GBY.