Planning a Budget-Friendly Stay in Laguna Beach

Planning a Budget-Friendly Stay in Laguna Beach

It’s no secret that Laguna Beach can be a higher-end destination, but if you plan ahead and during certain seasons of the year, you can plan the ultimate getaway for a deal!

Affordable Places to Stay:

The best part is, there is no bad time to visit, Laguna Beach is gorgeous year-round! Laguna’s peak seasons are Spring and Summer, hotel prices are typically at their highest price points. Try booking Fall and Winter, during our off-season for the lowest room rates. Fun fact, our waters are clearest during off-season and the beaches are far less crowded! The weather is relatively warm still, and the sunsets are just that much better too!

Art Hotel

Sonder Woods Cove, Sonder La Ensenada

Manzanita Cottages

La Casa Del Camino

Dining on a Dime:

There is no shortage of amazing food spots in town, no matter your budget, there are a ton of great affordable options in town. Take advantage of some of Laguna’s best Happy Hours and Taco Tuesday deals too where you can grab brews and bites for under $5!

Breakfast: SouthSwell Donuts, Heidelburg Café, Orange Inn, Ruby’s Diner, Shirley’s Bagels

Lunch: Jan’s Health Bar, Alohana Bowls, Rasta Taco, Slice Pizza, Poke Tiki, Lost Pier Café, Wigz Sandwiches

Dinner: Finney’s Crafthouse, The Taco Stand, Laguna Beer Company, Seabutter, Thai Brothers, Ahba

Free Activities & Adventures:

No matter the season, there are nearly free activities every week in Laguna Beach! Be sure to follow us on Instagram @visitlaguna and check out our events page to stay up to date with local events and happenings!

Visit our Tidepools (Crescent Bay Beach, Diver’s Cove, Main Beach, Rockpile Beach, Shaw’s Cove, Thousand Steps, Treasure Island, Woods Cove)

First Thursday’s Art Walk (free entry to the Laguna Art Museum and live music)

Beach Day


Fairy Garden at The Laguna Beach Library

Visit the new Rivian Theater

Picnic at Heisler Park

Check out the public art (there are over 100 pieces of art throughout town)

Farmer’s Market (every Saturday morning)

Sunset Serenades (May, June, September)

Transportation Tips:

Take the Laguna Beach Trolley that runs every day through town or the “Laguna Beach Local” for on demand transit service in town. Both options are completely free and save you from the hassle of parking and driving in Laguna Beach.

About the Author

Alex Stall

Alex Stall

Marketing Manager

Alex graduated from Boise State University in 2020 with a degree in Environmental Studies. She has applied her love for the environment, ocean and creativity in her role as the Social Media and Destination Services Coordinator at Visit Laguna Beach. Growing up as a passionate beach goer in Orange County has made it easy to share Laguna Beach and all the beauty it has to offer. When not working, she is out looking for new coffee shops or planning her next traveling adventure, hence why the tourism industry is suitable for her!

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