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newport, laguna, san diego trip

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newport, laguna, san diego trip

My husband and I are looking into planning a trip, possibly in August or September. We want to visit San Diego, Laguna, and Newport Beach. I was thinking of spending a couple day in San Diego first then the rest of the time in one of the others. I need some advice on how best to plan out our stay and make the most of it. Any recommendations on places to stay? We'd love to be close to the beach! We're coming from NY and have never been to CA. Any advice would be great!

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Hi and welcome to the travel forums. Southern CA is a gorgeous area to spend time in. In San Diego, consider staying in Coronado or La Jolla. We really love the Hotel Del Coronado, a historic, oceanfront resort. Check out their website to see if this appeals to you.

Last month we enjoyed 3 nights at the Casa Laguna Inn in Laguna Beach, it is not right on the beach but just a short walk to a couple of nice beaches, we loved Victoria Beach. The staff is very friendly here, the breakfasts are amazing and our room was oceanview, Room 115 and very nice with a jacuzzi tub and ambiance fireplace. They also have a very pretty, relaxing pool area and a small spa where you can get a massage here.

Let me know if you would dining recs for Laguna Beach, we have also stayed at the Montage in Laguna Beach, an amazing property with lots of nice amenities. Have fun! :)

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Thank you for the info!

I am now wondering after reading some other posts if it is a good idea to split the trip between San Diego and Laguna (or Newport Beach). This would prob. be about a 6 day trip total. Would we be spending too much time in traffic? Or maybe we should do San Diego last to avoid delays in getting back to the airport on time.

Has anyone done a split trip like this? Any help is appreciated!

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you can actually drive between the three in a matter of a couple of hours.

are you flying into/out of san diego?

i would suggest you stay in laguna beach for 3 days. you will be able to drive to newport beach in about 45 minutes.

come back to san diego for three days. with a car, you will be able see quite alot of the sights.

we locals consider september the beginning of our summer.

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Staying at the Hotel Del would be the equivalent to staying in Jersey City for an NYC vacation. Stay in L Jolla while in San Diego. September would be better than August for a visit.

Newport Coast (Marriott Villas) is wonderful; however, Laguna hotels and Newport hotels are nice. Laguna is more beautiful than NB and walking around the community is a pleasure.

give a price range for hotel stay...there is very nice to not so much...what are your top 3 activities?

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While in Laguna, I'd really like to stay somewhere on the beach. For our price range.. we're probably thinking in the $200-$250 range.

For activities, we're just looking to enjoy the sights of the beach, shopping (of course), dining/nightlife...and will take any recommendations for something different.

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From Laguna to Newport is actually about a 5 to 10 minute drive along Pacific Coast Highway. Haven't spent more than an hour and a 1/2 to get to San Diego from Laguna. Many people do that as a daily commute. 6 days are plenty...you can probably squeeze in a trip to Palm Springs or Catalina.

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The sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is within a mile of the Airport and is not only a fantastic hotel but it's proximity to everything in San Diego is excellent. We stayed there over Thanksgiving and the views of the City Lights in San Diego combined with the views of the Coronado bridge & Island and harbor were fantastic. The airport noise was non-significant and the kids enjoyed watching the planes take off and land from the balcony. The restaurant and snacks here were good and the conceirge desk was really helpful in providing names, directions to local eateries and shopping areas. It is within walking distance to the cruise line piers and all the waterfront museums...you can see aircraft carriers from here and it's a short cab ride to historic gas lamp in downtown.

As it was mentioned before, many people communte between San Diego and OC so 6 days is plenty to do the 3 areas you mentioned.

Laguna has a lot of "boutique" type of hotels & a few medium sized resorts and though the beaches are beautiful they are not big liek they are in Newport. Staying at one on PCH does not necessarily offer you ocean view or a swimming beach as there may be homes there also or just a rocky beach not meant for swimming.

One of the boutique hotels I really like is "Case de El Camino" , more for couples though not really families as the rooms aren't large. But if you get a chance to see it, it has a great terrace bar for sunset viewing. Many of the Laguna hotels do require two night minimums in peak season so keep that in mind when deciding your time allotment for each area.

They are all driveable within a day so if you decide to pick Laguna or newport as you home base, you can easily get back and forth between the two.

Have fun planning, let us know if you need more info once you narrowed down your choices!

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8. Re: newport, laguna, san diego trip

Laguna Beach is beautiful and so is Newport Beach. If you are looking for beach..it's Newport hands down. If you are looking for surfers, fishing, more of a town community the Newport Peninsula is the place.

Laguna is very artsy and has tons of small shops on PCH and side streets. Newport has Balboa Island shops, Lido Village shops, Fashion Island, Corona del Mar shopping plaza with Tommy Bahamas restaurant and shops. Crystal Cove shops. The Cannery area on the peninisula is developing into quite a little find with antiques shops, eateries, and boutiques.

Newport Beach has one of the largest harbors with private yachts in the world.

But the beach..runs for miles and has easier access than Laguna.

For a short stay look at the Bayshores Inn on the peninsula..for longer look into vacation rentals.

Good luck!

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Love the cannery area! Very up & coming without losing the charm of Old Newport!

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