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Bobby and Alli from Traveling Newlyweds here! So you’re engaged, you’re almost done planning, and it’s nearly the big day...
Now the fun begins!! It’s time to round up some of your best friends and head to a beautiful location to celebrate before your life changes forever! And what better spot to have your bachelor or bachelorette party than in Laguna Beach?! We've come up with what we think are the perfect itineraries for his and her weekends-to-remember in Laguna!
Let's be real. How can you beat a weekend in Laguna with the girls?! It will likely be sunny, 75, and gorgeous regardless of the time of year. Plan on arriving on Friday late afternoon and spending two nights at the charming, recently remodeled CASA LAGUNA HOTEL AND SPA. Casa Laguna is a peaceful, colorful, and chic oasis located right across the street from some beautiful beaches.
DAY 1: Sip on some champagne as the girls arrive. Spend time enjoying the colorful rooms, relaxing in the lush, tropical grounds of the hotel, and getting ready for a fun night out.
Once the crew is ready, step outside and hop on the trolley (there’s a stop right outside the hotel) and head to the ROYAL HAWAIIAN. The famed tiki bar is a great spot for cocktails and has a fun vibe where people will for sure be excited for your party. Lapu lapu’s all around?
Now time for the best part of the night… dancing and more drinks at SKYLOFT! Take the short walk from the Deck, and dance until your feet hurt! When everybody is ready, hop on the trolley and head back to Casa Laguna to wrap up day 1. Unless you’re feeling crazy… in which case maybe stop at MOZAMBIQUE on the way back for more live music dancing festivities. ;)
DAY 2: Wake up, and have some leisurely coffee and light breakfast at Casa Laguna. Then throw on your workout clothes and head to TREASURE ISLAND PARK below The Montage Resort for some YOGA IN THE PARK! (If your crew is not up for yoga, this could be when you indulge in Casa Laguna’s spa treatments?)
After a solid stretch or spa session, you can head back to your rooms to freshen up. Next, catch the trolley to the new URTH CAFÉ for brunch. Walk off your brunch strolling around the Main Beach area and check out the amazing shops in downtown. Really, this afternoon could be open for laying out on the beach, perusing the SAWDUST FESTIVAL, or shopping.
In the evening, the bride will be enhancing her domestic skills with a cooking class at KITCHEN IN THE CANYON. These classes are “hands-on” with all students involved in preparing and cooking each dish. When the meal is ready, you sit as a group and enjoy dinner together. (This could be a perfect time to give the bride some fun gifts!) The night can wrap up after dinner, or you could go for another cocktail at Broadway.
DAY 3: Enjoy another night at Casa Laguna, wake up to the sounds of the ocean, have breakfast together in the courtyard, and bid farewell!
A bachelor party in Laguna will involve catching some rays at the beach, hitting some balls on the golf course, and bar crawling around the little seaside town.
DAY 1: Arrive late afternoon/early evening at THE RANCH. While you’re waiting for the whole crew, grab drinks at the Harvest bar. Dinner will be authentic Mexican food at CARMELITA’S. After loading up on chips, salsa, and your choice Mexican cuisine, it’s time to tour the best bars of LB. Our personal favorites would include the MARINE ROOM TAVERN, HENNESSEY’S, WHITE HOUSE, THE SALOON, SANDPIPER, and MOZAMBIQUE. All will have dancefloors, either with DJs or live music. It is up to you on how many of these you visit. A bachelor party is definitely one of those YOLO type nights... so go big!
DAY 2: Sleep in, and then head to Harvest for brunch. If you get anything for the table, be sure to get a Maple & Bacon Cinnamon Roll. Or, After breakfast you will be hitting the links at BEN BROWN GOLF COURSE, which is conveniently nestled up right against your hotel! (It is a nine-hole course in arguably one of the most serene spots in Orange County.) The course carves through Aliso Canyon, and you will play to the peaceful sounds of nature, along with however loud and rowdy your crew is.
Once things are wrapped up on the course, it will be time to rinse off in the ocean and hang out on the beach. There are COUNTLESS BEACHES nearby, with Aliso Creek being walkable from the hotel. You could also hop on the trolley and head anywhere!
Guys can’t lay around too long though, so stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) will be a solid late-afternoon activity. After a long day in the sun, sushi at OKURA will be the perfect end to the day.
Sunfish Spotted Today! - The Mola mola - which looks like a prehistoric shark that lost a tail in an epic battle - might be the world's weirdest fish. It's the largest bony fish and can grow up to 5000lbs. They generally hang out at depths of 160 to 650 feet, but they can dive more than 2600 feet below the surface.
DAY 3: Sleep-in at the Ranch, pack-up, and recap the weekend at Penguin Café, a good greasy spoon style breakfast to wrap things up.
Whether you're getting ready for your own bachelorette/bachelor party, or your friends, we hope these ideas inspired and motivated you to head to Laguna Beach! Happy planning!
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