Budget-Friendly Ways to Have Fun in Laguna Beach

December 8, 2021

Laguna Beach is a smaller California destination in terms of size, but it offers a big range of things to see, do, taste, and enjoy. The good news is you can enjoy many of the things that make Laguna Beach a desirable West Coast vacation spot without stretching your budget too much. Whether you plan to visit for a day, a weekend, or longer, here are a few ways to have a memorable and enjoyable time in this charming, inviting city on a budget, brought to you by the friendly staff from The Art Hotel, one of the most welcoming and ideally located hotels near Laguna Beach.

Book Things Online Before You Get Here

Start saving before you even arrive in Laguna Beach by booking what you can online as early as possible. With flights and accommodations in particular, early booking boosts your odds of finding good deals. This ultimately leaves you with more of your budget that can be devoted to enjoying Laguna Beach once you get here.

Consider Outdoor Activities

Many of the outdoor activities available for your consideration in Laguna Beach can be enjoyed absolutely free or for only a small fee. For instance, if you drive to Laguna Beach and go to Crystal Cove State Park, all-day parking is just $15. Also, if you bring your own hiking or biking gear or rent what you need locally, you can have a budget-pleasing good time along the many trails here. Other popular outdoor spots in Laguna Beach where you can enjoy fun activities for little or no expense include:

• Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, another great hiking spot with amazing ocean views
• Heisler Park, where you can casually walk or grab an affordable cup of coffee nearby
• Main Beach Park, where you’re welcome to stroll on the boardwalk, play volleyball, or check out the tide pool areas

Enjoy Water-Related Activities

There are several places directly in and around Laguna Beach where you can rent surfboards, paddleboards, and anything else you may need to enjoy water-based activities for reasonable fees. Popular beaches like Main Beach can also be perfect places to simply walk, sunbathe, and swim. Many of these activities involve little or no expense.

Visit Local Museums

Entrance fees for many of the museums in Laguna Beach are very reasonable. For example, general admission to the Laguna Art Museum is just $7 for adults and $5 for seniors. If you do some searching, you’ll find some smaller galleries and museums you can also affordably visit or check out absolutely free of charge.

Take Advantage of Happy Hour Specials

You can also enjoy some tasty drinks and food on a budget when visiting Laguna Beach. A fun way to do this is to take advantage of local happy hour specials at places like Rooftop Lounge, Laguna Beach Beer Company, and Driftwood Kitchen, which also serves reasonably priced steak and seafood selections.

Check Out Community Events

Another budget-pleasing way to have a great time in Laguna Beach is to mingle with the locals and other visitors at community events. You’ll find a variety of fun events throughout the year here. Some of the more popular ones include annual art festivals and an assortment of holiday-themed celebrations, and there are often booths where you can buy affordable goodies, trinkets, and souvenirs.

No matter what kind of affordable adventures you’re in the mood for, you’re certain to find plenty of options in Laguna Beach. Stay for a few days and enjoy the comfort and laid-back atmosphere at The Art Hotel. When they’re looking for exceptional Laguna Beach hotels, visitors will be delighted by our proximity to the beach and the area’s most popular attractions as well as our impressive list of amenities, including complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, in-room refrigerators, private bathrooms with hair dryers, and in-room coffee. Call one of our friendly staff members today at 949-593-2188 to make your reservation.