Resort view from the Pacific Ocean

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Planning Your Trip

Orange County’s year-round sunshine means packing swimsuits and light layers. Let us help you plan for full-day getaways that include time on the beach followed by a fine dining experience in one of Orange County's fantastic restaurants.

Family walking along the trail to the ocean.
Family walking along the trail to the ocean.
What to Pack
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

California is known for its easygoing, individual style. Casually dressed tech and media moguls exemplify the idea that formal dress isn’t a requirement in many fields. Dressing for weather and nature — particularly if you’re traveling elsewhere in the state, where climate and landscape can vary widely — is more the priority, though when in doubt for business or formal events, it never hurts to err on the side of looking sharp.

Resort Essentials

Dana Point and Laguna Beach epitomize Southern California’s eclectic brand of casual sophistication. Plan for an active, outdoor itinerary without sacrificing style.

  • The bare essentials: swimwear, sun protection, casual wear, sandals and a beach tote.

  • You’ll need a wetsuit for surfing and stand-up paddle boarding, though those can be rented. Bring your preferred workout gear, including athletic shoes, for the resort’s fitness center or a walk or jog along the beach.

  • Leave your towels, chairs and umbrellas at home — the resort’s Beach Butlers will set you up on the beach with these items.
Beach Vacation

Packing your beach bag shouldn’t be stressful. The idea is to relax by the ocean, after all. But a little forethought can translate into uninterrupted sand time.  

  • Plan to wear your swimwear with sandals and a cover-up or casual wear to the beach. Bring along sun protection (sunglasses, a sun hat and sunscreen) and your favorite reading material in your beach bag.

  • If you’re traveling with little ones, consider gear such as kid-friendly sunscreen, swim diapers, beach toys, hats and rash guards. A lightweight beach tent provides a shady place to play or nap.

  • For evenings, bring a light jacket. Nighttime attire is seaside chic: a collared shirt with light-colored pants and boat shoes or loafers for men (skip the socks and tie); a lightweight dress or jumpsuit with sandals for women.
Day Trips

Fascinating day trips abound in Southern California, from heavy-hitting highlights such as Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo. Here’s what to pack.

  • Southern California boasts mild to warm weather year-round. You won’t need more than a light jacket for evenings.

  • Plan to be outside and active. Bring casual clothing, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.

  • Bring a hands-free tote bag or backpack to carry your essentials, including camera, snacks and water.
Beautiful mountain views from the bike paths at La
Beautiful mountain views from the bike paths at La
What To Reserve
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Even if you intend to spend most of your Southern California getaway on the beach, Laguna Beach offers an array of activities worth abandoning the ocean for a few hours. Reserve your spa treatment, romantic dinner at Raya or whale-watching excursion ahead of your visit to Laguna Beach.

Outdoor terrace at 180blu
Outdoor terrace at 180blu
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Beaches are a central part of the Orange County, CA, experience, but Dana Point offers plenty to explore beyond the sand. Our resort experts have crafted exciting itineraries that balance ocean-based activities with art, food, wellness and more.

To reserve your program with The Eco-Adventure Center, please call 949.240.5072 or email