Are you torn between visiting a Disney Destination and a trip to the beach? Then definitely consider at least three nights at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim followed by a short vacation at the nearby Orange County beach area, just a 30-minute drive away. Or certainly consider staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel for the entire time with day trips out to the beach areas.
The beaches are absolutely gorgeous, the weather unbelievable, and the towns of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach a dream come true. Begin with a stay at one of the resorts in the area where luxury abounds such as the Montage Laguna Beach, The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Nigel, or The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. All three are part of the Virtuoso network, and Glass Slipper Concierge advisors can obtain special amenities for you such as complimentary daily breakfast and resort credits.
Or, if boutique hotels are your thing, then opt for Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna where the beach is right outside your window and the on-site restaurant, Splashes Restaurant, offers the very best of views along with outstanding food.
Spend your days hiking the canyons in the area; shopping Newport’s Fashion Island; or relaxing on a strand of sand somewhere such as Crystal Cove, whose historic cottages wax nostalgia and lunch at The Beachcomber is an absolute must.
In the evening hours enjoy dinner at one of Laguna’s premier restaurants such as Watermarc (go for the paella or whatever fresh fish is on the menu), 230 Forest Avenue (pray for the king salmon nicoise to be in season), or Studio at the Montage (panoramic ocean views and a world-class menu).
Use nearby John Wayne Airport for total convenience and start planning your next trip back to “Sunny Cal” within hours of arriving home. I’m telling you…it’s the perfect vacation.
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Cara Goldsbury is the author of The Luxury Guide to Disney Vacations and The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World Resort. She is Chief Executive Concierge at Glass Slipper Concierge®, a travel agency specializing in selling Disney vacations, and has appeared as a leading Disney expert on two Travel Channel specials, Disney Splurge! and Disney Royalty. She has also been cited numerous times in national news articles, in such notable publications as Forbes Traveler, as an expert on the Walt Disney World® Resort