When we decided we were ready to embark on our first family Theme Parks vacation, we knew it was going to be all about the kids, and that this would be different to the holidays that we had taken as a child-free couple. By now we had dabbled in a couple of vacations as a family of four, so we were not at all concerned about this next big adventure. As I mentioned in our LEGOLAND BLOG POST, Jono and I are big kids at heart, and love Theme Parks. (We even made sure we did a quick trip to the Gold Coast, Queensland, to get in some fun at the Theme Parks there, before I became pregnant, as who knew how long until we could get back and really enjoy all the extreme rides!) However, as we spent our evenings leading up to the trip, searching the internet, and planning our days, we realised that although we were going to have a super fun time, it was also going to be a hectic time! The holidays we were used to usually consisted of long lazy days at the beach, or by a pool! This type of vacation is usually what families tend to choose, however we have long list of beach holidays we took before having kids. So as we were jam-packing this adventure, it was only natural for us to start looking at how we can sneak a few beach days in. This lead us to Laguna Beach. Here we discovered that we could have our mini vacation, within a vacation, get some beach time, relaxing and chilling out in between our hectic, fun-filled days at Legoland & Disneyland.
Laguna Beach was the perfect in between location for us, as it literally is right in between Legoland & Disneyland. An easy hours drive, heading north out of Legoland, on the I-5 (or the scenic Pacific Coast Highway) and we were there.
We chose to stay at the PACIFIC EDGE HOTEL. We were so pleased that we did, when we realised that we only had to descend a few steps directly from the hotel, and we were on what seemed like our own private beach, sun loungers, umbrellas and all! Of course it wasn't our own private beach, but it was just far away from the main part of Laguna Beach to not be among the crowds, but also close enough to stroll down the sand, and end up right in the village, where you will find plenty of amazing restaurants, cafes, and a children's playground at the main beach.
The friendly Australian beach attendant noticed that we had children, and immediately came over with a huge bag of beach toys, for the kids! We had packed a few of our own, but were glad to not have to use them, as wet, sandy toys messing up your luggage for the rest of your trip is not ideal! We spent the rest of the day relaxing, playing in the sand, and swimming in the Pacific Ocean, alongside some migrating whales, I might add!
Our package booking at the PACIFIC EDGE HOTEL came with a dining voucher, so come sunset we got ourselves a great table at the popular The Deck Restaurant, and enjoyed some food, drinks and live entertainment.
Although the PACIFIC EDGE HOTEL, does market to families, and has spacious two bedroom apartments, larger than some we have actually lived in, it doesn't feel like a family hotel, where you are overrun with children everywhere, in fact I think we only saw one other family there. Despite this the staff were warm and friendly to our kids, and the other guests didn't seem to mind them either! It was the perfect spot for us to add a little bit of 'adults' vacation time into our trip, without the kids actually realising!
Laguna is a great spot to base yourself to explore the many beautiful beaches along the stunning SoCal coastline, to relax and re-charge between Theme Park visits. Two days here, and we felt ready to get back into it, and headed off on another easy hours drive to Disneyland!