Our new staff spotlight series allows you to get to know the staff of Visit Laguna Beach. We come from all over the country, but we have all landed in Southern California and are lucky to work in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Many days it feels like we’ve won the lottery being able to stroll down the street from our offices right onto the sand of Main Beach or to eat at some of the top restaurants in the county. Laguna Beach is an eclectic town and we in turn are an eclectic staff. It is our pleasure to share the secret and not so secret treasures of Laguna Beach with you.
4 years with Visit Laguna Beach
I am always trying new activities. I really love nature and getting outdoors to hike, camp, fish or take a long walk with my dog. Last year I went sky diving. It was the scariest thing I have ever done in my life, absolutely terrifying, but I might do it again. I want to conquer my fear. For my birthday I took a helicopter ride over the Pacific and hiked and parasailed there. It was an amazing experience. Next on my list: bungee jumping, white water rafting and scuba diving.
My favorite spot to hike in Laguna Beach is Crystal Cove I did a 10-mile loop to prepare and condition for my hike to Half Dome. It was a really long grueling hike but had amazing ocean views that kept me going. In fact, I took a few pictures and wrote a story about my first hike in Laguna for the Visit Laguna Beach blog.
Part of my job as the Marketing Coordinator is to help visitors and give them recommendations of what to see and do in Laguna. I love being able to share my wealth of Laguna Beach knowledge with them and make their visits as memorable as possible. I always recommend that if they have kids they have to head to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. It’s free and the kids can see the rescued marine mammals up close. Hint: You may even catch a feeding! If there’s a couple visiting, I recommend they go to Sunset Serenades in Heisler Park amphitheater and bring along some wine and a picnic from one of our local to-go restaurants or cafes. For visitors interested in the beach, Wood’s Cove is my go-to beach because it is secluded and doesn't feel like your typical SoCal beach. Of course the free trolley is always a good idea for getting around town.
The perfect song for cruising down PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) is “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin. Always makes me think of sunshine, fun and freedom.
When I dream up a perfect day of adventure in Laguna Beach I think about trying surfing or SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding) or really anything where I can be in the water all day. I’d end my day with a drink at The Deck to watch the sunset while listening to live music.
The 5 places I like to take pictures in Laguna Beach are Top of the World, Wood’s Cove, Heisler Park Gazebo, out on the water in a kayak (hopefully spot some whales), and The Ranch at Laguna Beach perhaps with some deer roaming in the background.