Surfing Soapbox: Pleasures of Laguna in the spring

Driving through Laguna Canyon the other day, I couldn’t help but notice how pretty those green hillsides look under the sunlight. Yes, spring is almost in the air. Thursday was spectacular, with the sun shining again and all of the spring flowers beginning to pop.

Life here in Laguna is always good.

Between enjoying the greenbelts and the beaches, you could say Laguna has it all.

There’s nothing like walking the path near the Montage and watching the sunset. Speaking of the Montage, if you get a chance, check out the new Japanese restaurant O that’s across the street.


It’s great. I tried it last week, and if you don’t enjoy going downtown it’s even better.

Last week also ushered in a new restaurant in town called House of Big Fish and Cold Beer. Their preview party was March 4, and even the mayor made it down to wish it well, which is nice. Look for it to open to the public Saturday night, and beginning in May it will also open for lunch. It’s in the plaza on the inland side of South Coast Highway taking over for the departed Aegean Café and in the same plaza as GG’S Café, which is another great cozy place to eat as well, with a super happy hour.

Keeping with the spring theme of sun, flowers and the beach, one of the best-kept secrets in town to end your day at sunset with a beverage of your choice is none other than Splashes, on the beach level at the Surf and Sand hotel.

I think I might just go there tonight.


JAMES PRIBRAM is a Laguna Beach native, professional surfer and John Kelly Environmental Award winner. His websites include AlohaSchoolofSurfing and ECOWarrior He can be reached at Jamo@Aloha