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With a teenager....

My husband, 16-year-old son and I are visiting the L.A. area for 5 days in late March. We are looking for more "off the beaten track" things to do and places to stay since we have "done" Disneyland, San Diego and Universal.

Would it be warm enough to be laying on the beach at that time?

Would Laguna be the choicest place to stay....or would Newport, Huntington or somewhere else be better for us? We do like some sort of activities (biking, hiking) or sites (can be cultural, cinema-related, etc) but am open to just about anything unusual!

Thanks for any help you can provide!

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1. Re: With a teenager....

The weather along the OC coast is usually variable in March. The average high in Laguna Beach for that month is 67F. However, it can go down much lower and up much higher.

Think of the stretch between Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach as a continuous 20 mile beach community. You can access any of the beach communities and inland Orange County's cultural resources within 30 minutes by car.

Biking along the beach path in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach is very popular. You can rent bikes easily. There is some hiking near Laguna Beach. The Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa will have a full program at that time. There are good art museums in Laguna Beach (and many galleries) and Newport Beach. The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach (north of Huntington Beach) is one of the best in the world.

Your teen will probably love Huntington Beach, which has a teen friendly beach and Main Street commercial area.

If you like smaller boutique hotels, Laguna Beach has many choices. Huntington Beach has two big beautiful resort hotels (Hyatt and Hilton) and Newport Beach has a number of business style accommodations and a few boutique hotels.

Whichever community you pick is near the others and you can easily explore

and enjoy our coast from any location you pick.

Edited: 13 January 2012, 03:54
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3. Re: With a teenager....

Actually, Syrah's recommended web site is NOT the official Laguna Beach site.

It is a proprietary site where the site owner gets paid for every hit and booking made through the site. Syrah has yet to disclose her financial connection with that site.

The Laguna Beach Visitors' Bureau Official Website is www.lagunabeachinfo.com/

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4. Re: With a teenager....

We have two teens and love the area and the three beaches mentioned. As was mentioned by LSCats, Huntington Beach may be the best place to stay especially at one of the resorts there and you can use that as a hub to go up and down PCH (the highway).

We love Laguna Beach and it is a nice place to hang out there and at the restaurants and bars (well without kids). It has a small town feeling in the evening when most of the day crowds have gone but you can just drive up there for the evening.

We never talk about shopping when we are there. Sigh !

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5. Re: With a teenager....

Fantastic! Are there any activities your teens really enjoyed doing in the area?

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6. Re: With a teenager....

Thanks for this!

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7. Re: With a teenager....

In Newport Beach there is Newport Harbor and you can do the Harbor Cruise for a look at the area from the water or you can take a Daytrip to Catalina Island. You can also rent jet skies, bikes, paddle boards, boats, surfboards (rent a wet suit if you are going to paddle board or surf, the water will be pretty cold). There are also two piers, a good bike path and some very nice restaurants in walkable distance. Some of the Funzone is still around. In the summer you can parasail at the Harbor area but it might be too early in the season in March.

In March the whales should be running and dolphins are always here. For one of the most unique tours in the US you might like to check out Dolphin Safari which sails out of Dana Point Harbor (about 15 miles south of Newport Beach) and which features a glass underwater pod that allows you to 'swim' with them underwater. If you go to their website they have video of their trips and a scorecard of what they are seeing every day and you can trace if back for whatever dates you are looking for and go back about seven years. It may give you an idear what they usually see (or it might not, LOL).

Also in Newport Beach, Crystal Cove State Park has hiking and biking trails of varying degrees, the historic Crystal Cove cottages and 3.2 miles of undeveloped beach that is a dolphin birthing ground in the spring. The parking fee is $15.00/day but they have a very nice restaurant there, right on the sand, and if you spend at least $15.00 there (not hard to do for a family of three) they validate your parking and you park for free the whole day if you want . The restaurant is called The Beach Comber Cafe.

www.funzoneboats.com

www.catalinainfo.com

www.balboaparasail.com

www.dolphinsafari.com

www.crystalcovestatepark.com

www.thebeachcombercafe.com

www.visitnewportbeach.com

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8. Re: With a teenager....

Thank you, #1remdog. Those are some great ideas.

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9. Re: With a teenager....

My boys like to go on the all day fishing boats out of Dana Point, beach, golf, tennis, Magic Mountain(kinda like a Disneyland for teens w/lots of high speed roller coasters) and to Fightertown(Aircraft simulator) to name a few

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10. Re: With a teenager....

Forgot to add Newport beach but we have done the Catalina trip and spent a lot of time on the beach there boogie boarding as well as taking a boat ride there. Some good restaurants in that area as well. So agree with Remdog.