We’ve all felt it this last year, the distinct lure of travel. Set at the magnificent Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, perched atop a 150-foot cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Symposium 2022 promises to deliver both incredible learning and the opportunity to dust off your adventurer’s gear (or mindset, at least). Add a few extra days to your stay and explore the beauty of sunny Southern California.
The famous Pirate Tower of Victoria Beach is one of those iconic Southern California spots everyone should see once. Though it may make you think of one-legged buccaneers, the tower was built in 1926 by William E. Brown as an enclosed, private staircase to the beach. A later owner, himself a pirate aficionado, hid coins and candies in the tower’s cracks and crevices for area kids to enjoy while he shared stories of the sea. Parking can be difficult, and the tower can only be accessed at low tide, but enjoy that treasure hunting!
La Jolla Cove
Considered by many to be the prettiest beach in San Diego, La Jolla Cove boasts a picture-perfect coastline and a colony of sea lions relaxing on the rocks in the early morning. The La Jolla business district is nearby if you want to squeeze in some window shopping and dining.
Beach Food Tour
Explore Laguna Beach’s food and art scene on a half-day walking tour. Enjoy rich chocolates, gelato, and other scrumptious treats—six food tastings included on the tour—while learning about the city’s history and vibrant art scene from a local guide. It’s a great way to see and taste this scenic community!
Laguna Beach Trolley
The city has an efficient trolley service system that runs every weekend throughout Laguna Beach. The Short Coastal–Route 6 makes stops along Coast Highway from North Laguna, while The Long Coastal–Route 7 makes stops along Coast Highway from the transit depot to the Ritz-Carlton. It is a comfortable and safe ride that takes you to different parts of the city while you enjoy the scenic coastline.
The HIP District
With more than 100 galleries, Laguna has a lot to offer for those with an eye for the original. Check out the HIP District—short for Historic and Interesting Places—for chic boutiques, art (home to 16 of those galleries), a neighborhood bookstore, more than a dozen restaurants and quirky coffee shops, florists, jewelry and more. Spread over seven walkable streets that all lead to Laguna’s best beaches and hangouts, this is a great place to spend the day.