Laguna Niguel is fortuitously situated close to the San Joaquin Hills and the Pacific Ocean, so visitors who love spending time outdoors will be in paradise. You can hike or bike at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, a wildlife preserve of rambling streams, craggy canyons, natural vegetation, and moderately strenuous hikes.
If you prefer a more relaxed afternoon at Laguna Niguel Regional Park, its beautiful open spaces and shelters are ideal for picnics and events, such as outdoor weddings. Sports enthusiasts will love the tennis courts, pickleball courts, and parcourse. There's even a model plane airport atop a hill. Scenic bridges arch over a lake, where you can rent a rustic fishing boat for the day. Or take your dog for a walk around the 3-mile lake loop, which connects to the adjoining Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness.
When to Visit Laguna Niguel, CA
The history of Laguna Niguel dates to the 1780s, when Saint Serra established the Mission San Juan Capistrano just 7 miles away. A visit to this historical landmark is fascinating any time of the year, but if you are a birdwatcher, mark your calendar for mid-March, when the local cliff-dwelling swallows return to Capistrano from their winter home in Argentina, more than 6,000 miles away. On March 19, the mission hosts a celebration in partnership with a local bird expert. You'll witness hundreds of birds returning home to nest, an unforgettable sight and incredible learning opportunity.
While you're there, be sure to visit the historical museum, which houses everything from 18th-century religious artifacts to landscape paintings and items from Native American history. Mission San Juan Capistrano also remains an active church. If you're curious, you can attend a service at the Serra Chapel, where Saint Serra himself once preached. A statue commemorates his life and legacy near the Bell Wall on the mission's grounds.
If you're visiting Laguna Niguel to enjoy the fine weather, there's no wrong time to come. The city's mild coastal climate stays warm and dry throughout the year, rising from the upper 60s during the winter months to the upper 70s in the summer. You may see more rain in the winter (an average of 15 percent chance), but generally, Laguna Niguel is a surfer's and hiker's paradise. Pack your wetsuit for the colder months and for morning and evening surfs as the temperature may drop.
For a holiday getaway, visit Laguna Niguel for the spring Bunny Bonanza, a favorite family event around Easter time. The Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade in early December is another highlight, offering a chance for kids to see local celebrities, including musicians and actors from hit TV shows that hail from Laguna Niguel and the surrounding areas.
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Laguna Niguel, CA: Prices by Star Rating Class
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Luxury Hotel Options in Laguna Niguel, CA
4 Star Average Prices: $157.96
Just six miles from Laguna Niguel, the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa welcomes guests to a cliffside paradise near scenic Dana Point. This 4-star hotel offers so much entertainment that you'll never have to leave the resort grounds, from its golf course to its outdoor pool and children's splash pad. A full-service spa indulges guests with relaxing treatments and massages, and the hotel's outdoor dining views simply cannot be beat. An on-site salon and 24-hour fitness center are luxurious amenities you'll also enjoy during your stay at this Marriott Resort.
Guests can walk down for private beach access only steps from the hotel. There are also plenty of outdoor alcoves for private, romantic conversations under the stars in the cooler evenings, cozied up to one of the fireplaces. The Marriott's grounds make an idyllic setting for an outdoor wedding, and with 378 guest rooms, the hotel can also accommodate large groups with ease. Be sure to head over to nearby Dana Point Harbor to observe the picturesque scenery, or better yet, charter a boat for a sunset cruise or whale-spotting expedition.
Affordable Hotel Options in Laguna Niguel, CA
3 Star Average Prices: $154.39
For a value hotel with style and amenities, head over to The Hills Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection member. This boutique-style property offers eclectic designer décor, from velvet upholstery to geometric-pattern linens. From the carpets to the lighting fixtures, the guestrooms and public spaces at The Hills Hotel offer style to spare. The on-site bar and lounge is a hotspot, with its neon trimmings and mosaic tile. Outdoor dining space also offers delicious and convenient fare, including breakfast for a small surcharge.
Whether you're staying for business or pleasure, the outdoor pool and concierge services will make you feel pampered throughout your stay. If you're looking for conference space or special event planning, this hotel can accommodate with its more than 10,000 sq. ft. of event space, plus a 24-hour business center.