If you are driving down the Pacific Coast Highway and find yourself halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, do yourself a favor and make a stop in Laguna Beach. This Orange County community is like no other you will find in Southern California. From its strong artistic community to its sandy beaches, Laguna Beach awaits your exploration. Here are a few reasons to consider this ocean-side town for a day of play or your next vacation.
1. The Artist Community
The ethereal setting of Laguna Beach has been a creative source for artists through the ages. In the early 1900s, a group of local artists formed the Laguna Beach Art Association and opened one of the first galleries in town. This lay the foundation from which the town’s artistic community grew. The Laguna Art Museum still exists today among the galleries and studios that dot the town’s landscape. In addition, visitors will find a plethora of public art pieces, art walks, studio shows and art festivals occurring year-round. One of the largest festivals in Southern California occurs here each year. The Sawdust Arts Festival draws in nearly 200,000 visitors annually who come to buy and take part in this unique display of work.
2. An Epicurean Experience
Food and wine are a big draw to Laguna Beach residents and visitors. It does not matter if you are looking for top-notch dining or a quick fish taco from a local vendor, visitors have plenty of places from which to choose. A large number of the restaurants offer Ocean views to accompany your meal. If you just want a quick bite while out shopping and enjoying the art, many of the hot spots offer wine with an artisanal cheese plates. Whatever you seek to satisfy your pallet you would find it here and with an ocean view.
3. Lodging on the Southern California Coastline
If falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean waves lapping outside of your hotel balcony is your idea of heaven, then you need to book a room in Laguna Beach. With more than 20 coves and seven miles of coastline, you are bound to find the perfect spot. From penthouse rooms with private rooftops to beach bungalows that open onto the shore, your beachfront paradise awaits you.