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First timer - Laguna or Newport or Hermosa???

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First timer - Laguna or Newport or Hermosa???

Hi,

Three girlfriends are taking a 6 day getaway trip to CA. We're flying in to San Diego for 2 days, driving up the coast for a day and hoping to land in either Laguna, Newport, or Hermosa and spend 2 full days.

The question is which one? We like the beach (both the water and the boardwalk/piers), we like nightlife, and we like fine dining. We're not VIP'ers but just like to have fun and be around some activity.

Any help that you experts can provide will be much appreciated!

Thanks!

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1. Re: First timer - Laguna or Newport or Hermosa???

Laguna Beach would be perfect for you! Check out hush in Laguna for some great food in a hip ambiance. For fine dining, The Studio at The Montage is amazing, there is also The Loft there that is very, very good. Las Brisas has some excellent food and gorgeous views, also. www.lagunabeach.com is a nice website for this area. :)

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2. Re: First timer - Laguna or Newport or Hermosa???

Depending on your age range, one city will be more appropriate than another.

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3. Re: First timer - Laguna or Newport or Hermosa???

BeachChair,

We are in our late 20's and early 30's.

Syrahgirl,

Thanks so much for the info!

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4. Re: First timer - Laguna or Newport or Hermosa???

Hermosa has a fun/crazy nightlife area, but it is considerably further north than Laguna/Newport.

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5. Re: First timer - Laguna or Newport or Hermosa???

A great place to stay in Hermosa Beach, level with the sand, is the Beach House Inn. It's just a block or two from the Plaza and all the restaurants and shopping in the area. The Strand (boardwalk) is right out your door. You could go biking or skating on the bike path. Two miles north is Manhattan's Pier and also cute town with restaurants and shops.

www.beach-house.com/hermosa-beach-hotels.html

Farther back from the beach, about a mile, is the Quality Inn and Suites Hermosa. They offer free breakfast, and you can walk to the beach.

qualityinn.com/…

Hermosa is about an hour and half drive from SD.

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6. Re: First timer - Laguna or Newport or Hermosa???

In my experience, I've found Laguna to be a high end artsy community. Rather quiet and with an older demographic.

Newport has a beach city feel, emphasis on "city." You may not find some areas much different than the Ocean Beach section of San Diego.

Hermosa is a concentrated beach city, emphasis on "beach," where folks like to get their drink on. If you're a partying group, it may be just what you're looking for. You can always dial it down a notch or two next door in Manhattan Beach.

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7. Re: First timer - Laguna or Newport or Hermosa???

Thanks to everyone for your responses. They were all very helpful! I think Hermosa may be the spot for us!

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8. Re: First timer - Laguna or Newport or Hermosa???

I think Hermosa Beach is the most under rated area in LA, I grew up near there and always loved Hermosa, much better than santa monica or malibu. But not aware of many hotels.

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9. Re: First timer - Laguna or Newport or Hermosa???

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