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3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
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Portola Coffee Lab takes making a cup of coffee to a new level. But you don't have to take my word for it—it was recently voted the best coffee in Orange County by the OC Weekly. If you're interested in the artistry involved in roasting and...
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234 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
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Green Leaf is one of my favorite discoveries in Costa Mesa. The menu options are a little overwhelming, but everything I've tried so far has been delicious. My favorite are the steak, mango, and thai chile lettuce cups with lemongrass lychee...
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Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
If you want to get away from the madness of Main Beach, Victoria Beach offers a quieter experience. It's a little harder to get to, but the extra effort is worth it. From Pacific Coast Highway, turn into Nyes Place to find a parking spot, walk...
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30806 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
One of the benefits of having a rocky coastline (like the one in Laguna Beach) is that you get some amazing tide pool formations which offer the opportunity to view sea anemones and starfish (and various other saltwater critters) up close. The...
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455 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
Close to Heisler Park on Cliff Drive you can watch members of the Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club play on the immaculate green overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You can even call to schedule a free introductory lesson to learn more about the game.
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375 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
Just north of Main Beach is Heisler Park, which offers a beautiful view of the beach. If you get there early enough, you can grab a picnic table and fire up some burgers on the grill. On Friday evenings during the month of September the park...
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2319 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672, USA
There are a couple of sugar shacks in California, one in Huntington Beach and Rose's in San Clemente. Both cater to surfers, offer views of the ocean and spectacular food at California prices. I have a weakness for omelettes of any description and...
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34664 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92624, USA
Looking for authentic, Mexican, homemade food, that is right next to the pacific ocean? Well Olamendi's is just that and more! They serve some of the best food I have ever had. The picture above doesn't do the restaurant justice. All the colors...