Walking Tours & Hikes
Laguna Beach, CA
Walking Tours & Hikes
Laguna Beach, CA
While the Summer of Love was happening in San Francisco, a group of surfers, artists, hippies, and outlaws descended on the quiet beach hamlet of Laguna Beach and turned it into the Haight Ashbury of Southern California. The Brotherhood of Eternal Love became the biggest producers of LSD in the country, Timothy Leary moved to town, along with poets, mystics, sages and gurus opposing the Vietnam War and preaching peace and free love. Surf, psychedelic and visionary art was birthed, and for a brief moment in time Laguna was the epicenter of a new consciousness.
Tours: Every Friday, 10am, $65pp
Includes: waters, trolley ride, and special eyewear
This 2 hour, 2 mile hike meets at Festival of Arts entry, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Plenty of metered parking on Laguna canyon Rd, or across from the Festival at Lot 11 ($3 all day).
The “Hippie Mafia:” How the Brotherhood spread peace, love & 100 million hits of Orange Sunshine LSD.
Timothy Leary’s Influence & Bust: He brought a lot of heat to town, played the rock star, and went down.
Mystic Arts World: the metaphysical emporium started by the Brotherhood that was the epicenter of the consciousness shift.
The Visionary Art Scene: Where a new vocabulary was emerging from the confluence of surf, music, psychedelics, and the antiwar movement.
Action Sports Pioneers: Where surf, skimboarding, skateboarding and mountain bike pioneers lived and innovated.
Anti-War Activism: The resistance that led to saving Laguna Canyon from development.
The Music Scene: Birthplace of West Coast reggae.
In this walking “trip” down memory lane (or what’s left of it), you will see where it all took place.
La Vida Laguna
Laguna Beach is an artist colony and home to over 200 pieces of public art, and hundreds of historic, turn-of0the-century California Craftsman homes. In this walking tour we will begin at the Sawdust Festival, then walk into town and up to Main Beach. Then we head north into Heisler Park, a beautiful urban seaside park filled with succulents, art, and amazing views. We head through the North Laguna neighborhood of stunning oceanfront architecture to the most dramatic lookout in town, Crescent Bay Park. Then it’s back downtown via North Laguna’s charming Craftsman neighbrohoods. We’ll tour downtown landmarks and art installations before returning to the Sawdust Festival via the Arts District.
2192 Ocean Way
This Large Craftsman home was built in the Summer of 1927 for E.H. Newland of Hollywood.
This 2 hour, 2.5 mile walking tour meets at Festival of Arts entry, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Plenty of metered parking on Laguna canyon Rd, or across from the Festival at Lot 11 ($3 all day).
This 2 hour tour departs on Wednesdays at 10am. There are some hills and good walking shoes are recommended. Water is provided. $65pp. Meet at Sawdust Festival front entry.
A unique eco game that fosters teamwork and advances new survival skills. Teams are “shipwrecked” on a deserted island and must work together to cross a “lava” river, build shelter, cook food with solar ovens, and distill drinking water from the ocean, all with found materials.
Then they must figure a way off the island through creative collaboration. Teams express their mission through sculpture, drum, journaling, and eventually kayak with the help of a treasure map.
The metaphors for collaboration at the highest level are reinforced through this activity: survival, teamwork, recognition, and ultimately the expression of each team’s deep purpose – the peak of Maslow’s pyramid of needs.
Experience the sublime beauty of Laguna Beach on this safe and historic loop that bypasses Pacific Coast Highway. Pedal the quaint Craftsman neighborhoods and gardens, access amazing view corridors, stop at Heisler Park to see the magnificent public art, experience the charming downtown commercial district, and many artists residences.
We start our ride in North Laguna and head north past historic Pyne Castle, with elevated ocean views in the bucolic neighborhood. Then we head down to beautiful Crescent Bay beach park, with the best panoramic view of the Laguna coastline down to Dana Point. Then its south through Heisler Park to view some of Laguna's amazing public art. We'll cycle through the downtown village and onto the Oak St neighborhood, home to early California Craftsman bungalows. Then deep into Bluebird Canyon to experience the deep hills buffeting Laguna. Then we turn and head through more quaint neighborhoods, past Laguna High School before pedaling through the village once more and returning to our starting point.
The ride is approximately 7.5 miles, parts of which are hilly. Riders should be in good shape and at least 5' tall. Water, helmets, and 21 speed mountain bikes provided.
With our trailer, chase vehicle and fleet of more than 40 speed mountain bikes, we have developed a special aptitude for leading group bike rides throughout Southern California. No matter what your groups desires, we have a ride. Choose from our tasty menu:
This one-way downhill ride offers the best panoramic views in Orange County, from Catalina to Saddleback Mountain, OC's highest. The ride begins at Coastal Peak Park off Newport Coast and goes along the fire road ridge line, a nice trail that is easy to navigate. Riders will have the option to split up and take more challenging single tracks along the way. As we descend through the coastal sage scrub, we will encounter several micro climate eco-systems, including a green riparian section with ancient sycamore and oak groves. We exit the trail at Laguna Canyon Rd.
Directly behind Laguna Beach is a 25,000 acre protected wilderness with some of the best mountain biking on the planet. Ride the moderate fire trail along the length of the canyon floor, through ancient sycamore and old growth oak trees, providing canopies of green. At the end of the park riders can ascend a challenging, expert trail, or elect to cruise back the way they came on scenic and easy route.
Departs from The Resort at Pelican Hill, descends to the coastal park, and then completes a loop, with stops at Paradise Cove, the historic Cottages, tidepools and El Morro. Optional hike combo: Continue on foot into El Morro Park and hike the canyon, with extraordinary coastal views.
Departs from both the St Regis and Ritz Carlton Resorts, this tour has it all: a descent to Salt Beach, a gentle climb through the golf course and neighborhood, and a stop at Chaperosa Park. Then it’s downhill to Doheny Beach and Dana Point Harbor before climbing home.
Huntington and Newport Beach: Beach cruising is easy and entertaining. In Newport Beach begin at the pier, ride the jetty out to the world famous surf spot The Wedge, then head down the strand past the party homes along the beach. Optional ride across the harbor by ferry to quaint Balboa Island.
From Huntington resorts like the Hyatt and Hilton, hop on a bike and ride south along the strand, past the cyclists, skateboarders, surfers and kite surfers to Newport Beach Pier, and then loop back on this flat ride.
Long Beach: Long Beach has become among the most bike friendly cities in America, with miles of protected bike lanes to tour the waterfront, aquarium, Queen Mary, and commercial districts.
Palos Verdes: A great ride from Terranea Resort along the gorgeous peninsula with its amazing ocean and Catalina views, past luxury homes and across to a view of the South Bay and nearby Redondo Beach.
South Bay: Pedal the legendary South Bay beach strand, a flat and scenic ride the length of Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches. You’ll pass historic harbors, famous surf breaks, and stunning neighborhoods that are home to most LA professional athletes.
Venice/Santa Monica: There’s no better way to experience the freaks and flakes of LA than biking Venice and Santa Monica. You’ll get a commanding view of Santa Monica Bay, from Malibu to LAX. From there you’ll experience legendary Muscle Beach, street buskers and performers, roller bladers and skaters, the Santa Monica Pier, and a cavalcade of colorful humanity.
Malibu: This scenic ride provides ample back roads to experience both the beaches and the cowboy vibe of the legendary town. Ride to the lighthouse at Point Dume with an awesome view of the coastline, then cruise down to world famous Zuma Beach, and then cross to the mountainside to experience the bucolic, expansive neighborhoods.
Downtown: Begin in the Convention area, ride the scenic shoreline, cross to Little Italy and navigate the back streets through downtown, the stadium, and the Gas Lamp region.
Coronado: This is great, flat biking that can begin across the Bay in downtown, requiring just a short ferry ride. Then bike the legendary peninsula, home to Hotel Del Coronado, an expansive naval base, protected harbors, and miles of beaches. You can even stop for a paddleboard or kayak experience.
Point Loma: An invigorating bike ride that includes a hike around the point, offering the most magnificent views of San Diego harbor. Then hop on bikes and plunge Point Loma, with the harbor on one side and the ocean on the other. You’ll marvel at the ocean breezes as you glide to the bottom.
North County: This ride is designed for guests of either La Costa or Aviara resorts. The tour departs from either resort and cruises the quaint coastal neighborhoods of Carlsbad, and continues to Leo Carillo park, a beautiful rancho with a colorful history.
Lake Hodges: This ride is tailored to guests of Rancho Bernardo Inn. Begin at the resort, ride the coastal roads, and enter the reservoir Lake Hodges, with a scenic bike trail rimming the entire length of the lake.
Nothing serves as a better metaphor for teamwork than a group percussion ensemble. Everyone contributes, everyone has a part, and everyone makes music - together. It’s a profound experience to take a group who largely believe they aren’t musical and turn them into musicians, experiencing the joy of the musical conversation. This facilitated workshop brings out smiles, thrills, and occasionally outbursts of spontaneous dancing.
Drum Circles can be a great way to end a long day of team building before endjoying a catered meal. Ask us about the 50% discount on Drum Circles when blended with a second activity like Shipwrecked or Beach Olympics.
Teams are selected and several challenging games are crafted to encourage team work and, perhaps most important, fun. Compete with your group in timed rounds for the highest score. After the games you can indulge in a catered meal or continue the festivities with a second activity like Drum Circle, Sand Castle or Kayaking.
Create a day of friendly competitions, including kayak and paddleboard relay races, volleyball, horseshoes, human hula toss, Frisbee golf, ladder ball, baggo, skip rope, soccer, football, paddle ball, and other carny games.
We design, build and manage beach tournaments.
We facilitate creative, themed competitions and provide the tools, training, and judging.
Amazing Laguna is a great game for groups to discover the history and lore of Laguna while competing as historians, sleuths, actors, and competitive athletes. The theme is Laguna, the charming beach town and artist colony with historic bones, Hollywood bonafides, and a vibrant beach and surf culture. Teams will engage in mysteries and challenges to discover and delight in the downtown village and Main Beach. Clues are provided to find points of interest, architecture, hidden art, and the beach culture There must also complete interactive challenges, games, and interaction with locals.
We craft private adventure retreats in the western states. They are group immersions in nature, mindfulness and experiential play. These are geared for C-level executive retreats or close friend getaways that are purposefully offsite and unplugged, where big ideas happen. The experiences are completely curated top to bottom, with all gear provided and luxury camping with tents, catered meals, and bonfires under the stars.
We offer a variety of La Vida Laguna experiences, and customize each retreat to the needs of the group.
Take a digital detox with your team and a deep dive into nature by canoeing the amazing Black Canyon section of the Colorado River. Conveniently located just outside Las Vegas, but worlds away, is where we start the adventure.
We launch at the base of Hoover Dam – an amazing site - and canoe the lovely, lazy current downriver amongst some of the most dramatic rock outcroppings in the world.
Along the way we work as a team to hike slot canyons, ravines and caves. There’s usually a natural mineral hot spring soak waiting for us at the end.
Your camp is elegantly rendered in a sandy canyon, with all your needs tended to by La Vida Laguna staff. Enjoy healthy, gourmet meals and snacks, yoga and mindfulness practices, wilderness challenges and skill building, spear fishing, cliff jumping, campfires, music, drumming, and lots of soaking in the warm, medicinal, mineral rich waters. We can add massage, sweat lodge, sound baths, fire dancers, and other mystical madness by request.
Overnight in Boulder City, just outside Las Vegas before Day 1.
You don’t need to bring a thing. Just a sleeping bag, clothes and tent. La Vida Laguna does the rest. For more details take a look at the sample itineraries.
These retreats are based on 8-25 participants and can be scheduled at your convenience. Spring and Fall are the ideal seasons. Call for details and pricing.
This is the ideal, unplugged setting to work through inter-personal development, communication, leadership and problem solving. Or just having a blast with people dear to you. Calm your mind, touch the stillness that is nature, and emerge renewed, refreshed, and with a clarity of mind and purpose.
Joshua Tree (hike/bike/yoga)
Big Bear (hike/mountain bike/yoga/boating)
Mammoth (ski in luxury at private residence with chef and Masseur)
Peak Performance Retreats are based on Chip Conley’s best selling book “Peak Performance,” which integrates Abraham Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs into offsite experiential teambuilding.
Learn how to achieve your highest level of individual and team performance through physical, mental and spiritual development – all wrapped into exciting experience filled days on our coast.
These one, two and half-day retreats can be customized to meet the particular challenges and goals of your group. They combine outdoor activities, Leadership training, mindfulness and healthy habits for optimal performance.
And best of all, they are exciting, fun, invigorating digital detoxes!
Meditation - and how to do it on the fly
Yoga for mind/body
5 senses kayak or paddleboarding
Presentation - "Conscious Capitalism"
Hike & sunset meditation
Trail Hike / Run
Presentation - "Raw Chocolate and juice superfoods"
Presentation - "Creating dynamic company cultures"