Surfing in California, Surfing Resorts In California

September 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Best Beach Resorts

The all-American sport of surfing has become increasingly popular and is the ultimate Southern California activity for “kids” of all ages.  Now, guests of all ages can now learn the true art of surfing – the Billabong way – at California’s premier resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

Whether you are a first time surfer or an experienced wave rider looking for tips from a pro, you will receive quality individual instructions at one of Southern California’s legendary surf beaches. Surf lessons include individual instruction from a Billabong professional surfer and all wetsuits, surfboards, leashes, wax and equipment needed for a fun-filled day. Lessons are provided at Thalia Beach in the heart of Laguna. 

The Billabong Surf Experience is valid through December 31, 2009 with rates starting at $495 USD per night.  The package includes:

· Overnight accommodations
· Individual instruction from a Billabong professional surfer (3 hours for half day; 5 hours for full day and overnight)
· All wetsuits, surfboards, leashes, wax and equipment
· A Billabong “swag bag”
· Resort fee and valet parking

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For every Billabong Surf Experience that is booked, a donation is made to organizations such as Reef Check and the Ocean Institute who protect surf spots and keep our beaches and oceans pristine and healthy and provide environmental education.

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. The Surfer’s Journal is also based in Dana Point. 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.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Situated atop a 150-foot bluff in picturesque Dana Point, California, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has catered to the world’s most discriminating guests for more than 20 years.  Whether guests are looking to get away for a second honeymoon, try surfing for the first time, or just relax on the beach, this seaside retreat boasts luxuriously appointed guestrooms, casual and upscale dining options, a recently renovated spa and access to several local golf courses.  With nearly 400 rooms and oceanfront views, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers guests refined elegance, a graceful atmosphere and impeccable oceanfront service.

About Billabong
Billabong produces active lifestyle clothing, accessories and related products designed and distributed to a worldwide customer base of board riders. The products are developed in the authentic environment of the surf culture and sold primarily through surf and specialty retailers. Billabong-branded products are tested and improved by the best board sport performers across the globe. Active enthusiasts in every department from marketing and sales, to design and merchandising, bring an unmatched authenticity and unique quality to both the innovative products and related events produced by the Billabong brand.

Consistently ranked among the best resorts in the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers a variety of recreational activities, award-winning dining and personalized service. For more information or reservations call 800/241-3333, the hotel directly at 949/240-2000, a travel professional or visit The Ritz-Carlton website at

Best Beach Vacations for Kids, The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

September 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Family Vacations, World's Best Destinations

Escape to one of the world’s finest luxury resorts – The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Consistently ranked among the world’s premier travel destinations, this alluring Southern California vacation spot provides the perfect getaway for the discriminating guest. Restore your spirit in the cleansing waters of our brand-new spa. Enjoy innovative seafood cuisine in our ocean-view restaurant. Treat yourself to a romantic California coast vacation in our richly appointed accommodations in a striking oceanfront setting. 

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – At The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, the Ritz Kids program combines learning and exploring the resort surroundings with interactive games and sports coordinated by their experienced counselors.

The program is for children between the ages of five and 12 and both full-day or half-day sessions are available. The full day program starts at 9 a.m., includes lunch and ends at 4:30 p.m. Half-day sessions are available from 9 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Daily Activities may include:
• Nature walks
• Beach combing
• Shell collecting
• Soccer
• Volleyball
• Basketball
• Swimming and tennis
• Board and card games
• Arts and crafts
• Movies and Nintendo

Additionally, a Kids Night Out is offered on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. which includes dinner and a movie.

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Safety-conscious families checking into The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel will want to check out the toddler-proof precautions introduced through the Protect Our Little Ones (P.O.L.O.) program.  Upon arrival, guests traveling with children under five are escorted to their room by a specially-trained bellman who will install the safety features and explain other precautionary measures intended to protect youngsters from injuries.  Contents of the P.O.L.O. kit include:

• A night light
• Tub spout cover
• Electric outlet plugs
• First aid kit (Children’s Tylenol, Band-Aids, thermometer, diaper rash ointment)
• Emergency safety card with a list of local emergency telephone numbers

“Anyone who has ever traveled away from home with a two-year-old knows that before they can relax their first concern is safeguarding their toddler from hotel room accidental injury.  The P.O.L.O. program is an effective step toward easing parents’ minds and, most importantly, protecting our youngest guests,” said Bruce Brainerd, general manager.

A variety of fun seasonal activities are also offered for our younger guests.
• Summer Poolside Movies (June-August)
• Teddy Bear Tea (December)
• Holiday Story Telling (December)
• Top Hat and Tiara Ball (New Year’s Eve)

Consistently ranked among the best resorts in the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego and sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic white-water views of the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach.  For more information or reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit The Ritz-Carlton Web site at