Let’s face it — sometimes you just have to get away from the hustle and heat of Sin City. Just an hour flight from Las Vegas is Laguna Beach, California, a place of reprieve and ease, where the undulating ocean waters lull you into a Zen-like state and the cool ocean breezes blow away the desert dust that has dried and dulled the senses.
Now with JetSuiteX, the convenience of climbing aboard the Embarer-135 and bypassing security screening, long lines and overcrowded conditions make that oceanside jaunt a joyful interlude at a surprisingly affordable price. (Make sure you use the discount code on the website for further savings.) The 30 leather business class seats and complimentary beverage and snack service make the one-hour flight seem effortless. Upon arriving at the private terminal in Santa Ana’s John Wayne Airport (SNA), a 30-minute Uber ride takes you to Pacific Edge Hotel, which is literally on the beach. Looking out into the Pacific while listening to the ocean waves just below your window is an unforgettable experience.
Just a short walk down the beach is Las Brisas. Serving up Baja freshness since 1979, this popular coastline venue is a popular spot for international and local diners. Reservations are suggested, as many diners snap up the prime oceanside seats. There is nothing better than a Las Brisas Classic Margarita or handcrafted cocktail as the sun cascades into the golden Pacific waters.
New menu items have been added recently to keep the locals and visitors coming for more. Start with the Ahi Taco Duo, where slices of fresh ahi tuna are meshed with creamy avocado, sweet Asian pear and crunchy jicama, with a dollop of sriracha aioli bringing a hit of heat. An epazote-marinated chicken blanketed with decadent mole negro topped with classic pico de gallo is a standout.
For a vegan option, the 3 Sisters Vegan Ragu is a must. (The three sisters refer to the traditional Native American planting of winter squash, corn and beans.) The ragu of roasted squash, corn, black beans, chickpeas and quinoa accented with a tangy lemon zest will satiate the most discriminating diner. For seafood lovers, a variety of fish and crustacean dishes are layered in authentic Mexican flavors and spices.
Las Brisas has been serving the finest in fresh Californian coastal cuisine for decades in Laguna Beach. And at a hop, skip and an hour flight away from Las Vegas, it’s worth the day or the weekend trip.