Laguna Beach vs San Clemente vs Old Town San Diego
This is the original Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt.
The layout of this beautiful beach town is perfectly spread out for a Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. All teams meet for a briefing, you'll be assigned a starting point to spread out the teams, and after that, you'll investigate the designated locations in any order you want. Generally, you do not have to travel more than a couple blocks between each of your stops.
It's a great way to tour Laguna Beach. You don't need any knowledge of the city. And even locals often tell us they've seen interesting parts of Laguna they never noticed before.
Your team will compete against up to ten other teams. The investigation takes the average team about 4 hours to complete, and the full course involves about 4 miles walking...
The time goes by very fast, but if 4 hours, or 4 miles, is too long for you, a shortcut version is offered to all teams the day of the event. It will remove about an hour from of the game, and about 1 mile from the walking. You can still get the satisfaction of revealing the killer, but you won't be qualified to be the first place winning team in the competition.
The second Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt, designed with lots of new surprises! The clues, puzzles & riddles are all completely different from our Laguna game, so if you enjoyed the Laguna Murder Mystery, you'll love this one too.
But you do NOT need to have experienced Laguna Beach in order to compete in San Clemente. We do generally get a few more calls to the helpline for San Clemente, so a couple things are a little trickier than Laguna, but it's still ok for first time players. We generally recommend Laguna first because the Laguna course offers more sights to see than San Clemente.
Like Laguna, San Clemente is a beach town. But the layout of Downtown San Clemente is less spread out, so we have devised a way for this course to lead you in a specific order. Because of this feature, the San Clemente Murder Mystery is a more exclusive game. It's as jam-packed with cool features as Laguna, and it takes about the same length of time to complete, but there are only 8 starting points. So there's only room for 8 teams at each event (rather than 11). And it will be offered less frequently.
This course involves about the same distance walking as Laguna (about 4 miles), but it includes a fairly steep hill between the pier and the shops on Del Mar. This course does NOT have a shortcut version. So, if this seems too strenuous for you, try the Laguna course and take the shortcut version.
One important disclaimer: If you are one of the few who have played Fantastic Orange County Race aka The Amazing Race: San Clemente, DO NOT sign up for the San Clemente Murder Mystery. You already know too many of the secrets to really enjoy it.
OLD TOWN SAN DIEGO
4/27/15: We are SO proud to announce... There has been a murder in Old Town San Diego.
Dedicated to the wonderful people who have been so supportive of the first two events. Your reviews, words of encouragement, and requests for a new murder mystery have motivated us to build a new course. And after scouting out MANY potential areas, we decided Old Town was absolutely perfect for a Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Whether you're very familiar with Old Town, or this will be your first trip, you'll get to explore a truly unique and historic area.
But we don't exist simply to be a tour guide... You'll need to bring your wits to solve all the new clues and surprises that we have in store for you in order to reveal the killer. This game follows the same format as the Laguna course. After a briefing, you'll head to your starting point, and after that, you'll investigate the designated areas in any order you want.
And the best news: Because Old Town is so condensed with interesting landmarks, this course involves about HALF THE AMOUNT OF WALKING as the other two courses - we're estimating about 2 miles on foot. This new adventure has just as many cool features jam packed into the investigation, there's just less distance to walk. Average time to finish is about 3 hours and 45 minutes.
We bring the crime scene to your home or office.