The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Offers Quintessential Surf Experiences

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers summer surf and body board lessons, as well as stand up paddle board instruction.

Surfing at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers summer surf and body board lessons, as well as stand up paddle board instruction. For a true Southern California feel, surfing is a must and The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers a variety of experiences to sample the surf life. For the active traveler, surfing, body boarding and stand up paddle board lessons are offered, or for a more laid back experience, guests can sip cocktails on 180blu while watching the surfers ride the pristine waves below. While staying at the resort, guests are also treated to the surf classic, “Endless Summer,” as it continuously runs on the televisions in all of the guestrooms.

Surf lessons at the resort include beach instruction, paddling techniques, ocean awareness and ocean safety communicated in a way that makes surfing accessible to everyone. Beginners will enjoy the thoroughness of the lessons while experienced surfers will love the personal coaching. Lessons may also be secured for stand up paddle boarding. With access to the calm waters of Dana Point Harbor, stand up paddle boarding is an amazing way to explore the Southern California shoreline. Both surfing and stand up paddle boarding lessons include transportation to and from the surf spot, a two-hour private lesson, and the use of a wet suit and surfboard or stand up paddle board. Lessons are for guests age 12 and up. Surf lessons are $150 per person and stand up paddle lessons are $175 per person.

The Eco-Adventure Center offers a three-hour body boarding experience directly below the resort at Salt Creek Beach. The Center’s expert naturalists teach participants how waves are created, how to manage rip currents, and what longshore drift is, all while having fun riding the waves on a body board. Beach Bonzai is available for guests age 12 and up and is $90 per person.

The resort also features a So Cal Surf package that includes overnight accommodations and one, two hour surfing lesson for two people. The experience may be reserved year round with rates starting at $595 per night.

Dana Point has a surfing history to rival anywhere outside Hawaii. Hobie Alter opened the very first retail surf shop in Dana Point in 1954. Surfer Magazine began in Dana Point, and to this day, still calls it home. Dana Point was also once home to a very special wave. That wave broke at the Dana Point Cove and was known as the “Killer Dana.” The break got its name because it came out of deep water and broke close to the rocks which lined the beach. In the days before leashes, wipeouts were sure to bring at least a few dings - if not worse. Although the waves in Dana Point, especially at Salt Creek Beach, remain some of the best in Southern California, the “Killer Danas” were reduced when a breakwater was installed when the Dana Point Harbor was built in 1966.
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About The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic white-water views of the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach. The resort is a re-imagined surfside retreat that awakens guests’ senses with its unique ocean-front setting and remarkable service heritage. As the premiere destination for travelers who desire a playful approach to Southern California luxury, the resort has been the recipient of many awards over the years, but is proud to boast earning AAA Five Diamond status for the 29th year, the longest in California. For additional information or reservations at the resort call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit the web site at

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc.

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