Sometimes we only need time to think or stay silent in a peaceful place, to help us get rid of our negative thoughts, release stress, get relaxed, and heal ourselves.
It doesn’t matter whatever reason you need Zen for, finding the right time, and putting your efforts to have the utmost ‘me time’ is critical. And, the good news is, finding such a place in Laguna Beach is far easier than you can ever think of.
From the gushing water streams to the epic viewpoints to secluded beaches to actual long walks on the beach, Laguna Beach can be as relaxing as you want it to be.
Check out our list of zen spots in Laguna Beach that will inspire you.
1. The top of the world
Next to the Alta Laguna Park, is the “top of the world.” This picturesque point offers some of the best views in Laguna Beach.
From this magnificent viewpoint, you will see a panoramic view of the majestic rolling hills leading to the Pacific Ocean. You can choose from a variety of trails that will take you down to the untamed wilderness of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness as well as Laguna Beach and the neighboring towns.
2. Valido Trail
Another great option is the Valido Trail located in South Laguna Beach if you want some ‘me time’ away from jam-packed Orange County events. It has some steep climbs, but it’s worth it because, in the end, it brings a delightful reward – panoramic sea view, making it a perfect place for an ultimate zen moment; and an ideal place to perform some deep meditation breathing.
3. Ruby St. Park
This small park is a gem in Laguna Beach. Located on Ruby Street and the Pacific Coast Highway, this bluff-top park has mesmerizing beach views with lush landscapes and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
Ruby St. Park is less than one block from Woods Bay Beach and Moss Point Beach, so this is a fun place to have lunch with your better half or sit back and think about your private thoughts.
4. Brown Park Lookout
This quiet little place is hidden between the Laguna Village stores and the Wyland Gallery in downtown Laguna Beach. The place is hidden in plain sight; therefore, many tourists walk through it without even realizing its there.
The bronze sculpture of a table along with two chairs and a book at the entrance reveals the park’s purpose. You will find a beautiful poem embedded in the rails as you reach the end of the walkway. And when you stand on the wooden terrace, you will have a unique view of the main beach.
5. Wyland Gallery
One of the best things you can do is visit all the Orange County events throughout the year or take some time to stroll through one of the most popular galleries in Laguna Beach. After that, head to their back deck where you can enjoy a latte from their little coffee shop. You can also enjoy the sea view for your utmost zen moment that you will remember for the rest of your life!
It’s not just the lookout points, but you can visit the beaches that will make you feel like a castaway.
1. Table Rock
One of the secluded spots in Laguna Beach, this beach gets its name from rock formations that were formed in the middle of the beach. Table Rock is not easy to find, and you need a pair of wooden stairs to locate that. It is one of the reasons why Table Rock is often empty.
Just off the Pacific Coast, near West Street, this zen spot is located at the bottom of the hill. Maybe it’s a mix of space and seclusion, it’s perhaps raw scenery, or it’s envy-inducing mansions that are sitting atop the bluffs. This place wins ‘Local Favorite.’ Table Rock is small enough to make you feel private, yet big enough to stretch out a little.
2. Fisherman’s Cove
It is often called the North Laguna version of Table Rock Beach – full of secrets and is a local favorite. Though the Fisherman’s Cove is not private, it has that feel.
This spot is small, yet it features one of the priate-y caves and has some truly astounding sandstone cliffs. The beach itself is tiny during low tide, so look for a farther place to avoid the flow of water to you during high tides.
3. Thousand Steps
Although the name can hide a number that might scare you, there are only 218 steps, on your way back, it may feel closer to a thousand steps.
You will find the steps north of 9th Street. The beach is known for its sandstone cliffs leading to the water’s edge.
After this hard trek, if you don’t feel like walking, you can check out used cars serving Santa ana that you can get at very affordable prices.
Peace walking to help clear your mind
1. Low tide beach trails
Because tides are usually not entirely possible, during the low tide, it is very likely to take a long walk on the beach. From the main beach to Pearl Street Beach, you can even pass through the keyhole there.
2. Trekking over the Ghost Rock
To find the Ghost Rock, start at the Laurel Canyon Trail from the parking lot of the Willow Staging Area next to Laguna Canyon Road Start, then climb some rocks with small caves.
Along the path through the grass, you will eventually see the ghost rock that appears on the right. Once you find the infamous rock, you can continue to hike through the waterfall.
Depending on whether the sky is clear, you can not only see the ocean but sometimes even the Hollywood sign can be seen from this spot(don’t forget your binoculars). A trek over the Ghost Rock is a must when you are too tired attending all of the Orange County events.
If you want to experience a real zen moment, visit any of the above places, close your eyes and let yourself heal!