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Surf and Sand Resort

Laguna Beach Wedding Venue
1555 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, California 92651

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Why We Like This Place

Surf & Sand Resort is renowned for both its prime location in Laguna Beach and its proximity to the ocean. The high-rise hotel sits so close to the water that it puts you quite literally—and hypnotically—right above the crashing surf. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Mediterranean-style Conference Center, a separate event venue that adds to Surf & Sand’s reputation as a place where you can have it all—a corporate gala, an executive meeting or a lovely wedding.

“Conference Center” doesn’t do justice to the banquet rooms—the Pelican and Sand Dollar—which are decorated in a Mediterranean beach-luxe style that could grace the pages of Architectural Digest. Each one is a handsome and tasteful mix of blond hardwoods, airy hues of sand and cream, coffered ceilings, lots of whitewashed wood-shuttered windows, neoclassical appointments and unique works of art.

Ceremonies at Surf & Sand take place on the Catalina Terrace and on the Ocean Terrace, where you’ll have a breathtaking view of Catalina Island while the breaking waves resound just below your feet. After the wedding, guests head off to the largest reception space, the Pelican Room, which has a graceful foyer and a terrace with a view of the hotel and the ocean. Perfectly suited for mid-sized groups, the Sand Dollar Room is complemented by a series of archways forming a patio covered with vinery. And just outside the Sand Castle Room, you’ll find a babbling fountain and a peek of the ocean below.

After your event, stay a while longer, or better yet, have your honeymoon here. All of Surf & Sand’s luxurious accommodations have seaview balconies, all with commanding views of the Pacific Ocean. While there are plenty of nearby places to go sightseeing or shopping (Laguna Beach boutiques and galleries are within walking distance), you may just want to pamper yourself at the resort’s AquaTerra Spa or sink back in your poolside deck chair or beach chair on the sand and enjoy the sun’s warmth. With its seabreeze air plus ocean and sunset vistas, Surf & Sand is an exhilarating locale for any celebration.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 0
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 180

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 180
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 180
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 250

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Ocean Terrace can accommodate 80 seated, the Catalina Terrace 180 seated, and South Beach can accommodate up to 80 standing guests.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: With dance floor, the Pelican Room holds 180 seated, the Sand Dollar Room 80 seated, the Sand Castle Room 60 seated.

MEETING CAPACITY: Please contact the facility for detailed information regarding meetings.

Fees & Deposits

For weddings, deposits vary based on the food and beverage minimums for your event. The ceremony rental and setup fees range $950–4,000, and vary by location and season. Seated luncheons start at $42/person; dinners start at $78/person. Beverages, tax and service charge are additional.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners
On-Site Accommodations


Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: full range, including AV
Parking: valet, nominal fee
Accommodations: 167 guest rooms
Telephone: pay phones
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: Pacific Ocean, coastal hills, Catalina Island, sunsets

Site Views

Pool Area

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Waterfront/Beach Location


Alcohol: in-house, no BYO
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: not required

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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Access Limited


Year-round, daily.

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