Making The Most Of It: Local Trip Advice From The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel


When exploring a new destination, or revisiting a familiar one, it is always preferable to have local insight on the latest and best events, attractions, and local jewels you have yet to experience. The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel ensures this is readily available to their guests.

When planning a trip to your property, how long do you think it would take a visitor to really absorb and enjoy what your property and city has to offer?

A good time frame to visit the area is a minimum of two to three days. This gives you time to relax and enjoy the beach and recreational activities that the resort offers, but also time off property to enjoy the art galleries and shopping in Laguna Beach and water activities (whale watching, Stand Up Paddling) in Dana Point.

What types of assistance can your concierge provide to travelers wishing to make the most of their time in and around your city?

The Concierge team is a huge asset to the resort and can provide everything from transportation arrangements, dining reservations (on and off property), spa appointments, and any special touches that a guest might need while visiting.  The sky’s the limit with what they can do.

Does your property offer packages that allow visitors to experience more of the surrounding area?

Certainly. Here are a few packages that offer guests a look at the local area.

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Whale Watching Experience:

Surf Experience:

Pageant of the Masters Packages: and

What do you think is the most popular aspect of your property and/or your city? 

The amazing view.  When booking the property, we highly recommend that you book an ocean view room. The view of the sunset over Catalina Island is breathtaking!

What about your property and/or surrounding area do you think more people should see and know about?

Whale watching.  People don’t realize that they can go a few miles out into the Pacific and see the biggest show on earth!  Sometimes called the Whale Capital of the West, scientists believe that Dana Point may serve as a reference “landmark” and be a prominent gathering spot for whales. Blue whales, the largest mammal to EVER inhabit the earth, feed, mate, and give birth to their calves from May through October in Southern California waters. From November through April, gray whales migrate along the coast between the calm, warm waters of Southern California and Baja to calve during winter months and feed in the cold Arctic seas during summer months, bringing these majestic whales through Dana Point. Guests can experience the natural wonder that comes with seeing these whales while going out to sea on a chartered whale watching excursion.  It is truly an amazing and memorable experience.