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Coastline at Laguna Beach in Southern California

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Living in Southern California has some real advantages, like visiting Laguna Beach. I took this photo from the outdoor patio of a fabulous restaurant there - what a view!




Laguna Beach includes 7 miles of coastline with some of Southern California most scenic beaches and coves you'll find along the Southern California coast. The best tide pools, diving opportunities, and best sunsets on this region of California coast are right in Laguna Beach. Home to mansions and quaint cottages that line bluffs above the sandy coves, for over 100 years, tourists have flocked to a little piece of paradise to scuba dive, to paint the colors of nature which seem more vibrant there and to enjoy natural beauty not seen elsewhere. Laguna Beach enjoys healthy tourism with over 3 million visitors each year. Note: These numbers do not factor in local day visitors within a close radius to Laguna Beach.


Laguna Beach holds the distinction of having one of the greatest number of localized beaches of any city on the California coast. The list includes the northern beaches of Irvine Cove, Crescent Bay, Shaw's Cove, Boat Canyon, Diver's Cove, Picnic Beach and Rockpile. Central Beaches include Main Beach, Sleepy Hollow, St. Ann's Street, Thalia Street, Oak Street, Brook's Street and Mountain Road Beach. Southern Laguna Beach (South Laguna Beach) beaches include Bluebird Canyon, Pearl Street, Wood's Cove, Moss Point, Rockledge, Victoria Beach and Treasure Island. Guarded by a premier force of lifeguards, Laguna Beaches are operated under the City of Laguna Beach Lifeguard Services.


What's unique about the Laguna Beach beaches are their tourist and hotel friendly locations. With properties constructed on and near the beach before the California Coastal Commission regulations changed the building permit process, you'll see some spectacular hotel and resorts sitting on cliffs above the ocean in South Orange County. That's why tourists love visiting and staying overnight in Laguna Beach. You can park your car and walk down to the on location beach at many hotels, or walk downtown to the great shops, restaurants and art galleries. Of all the Orange County cities that range from San Clemente, Dana Point, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach and Surfside, Laguna Beach offers the most beach hotel rooms directly on the sand without crossing Pacific Coast Highway. Montage, the newest resort property, is spectacular with its views, pools, lawns and beaches that are open to the public. You'll be hard pressed to find a more luxurious resort destination than Laguna Beach.


Laguna got its name long ago from the Ute-Azteca Indian word for lakes, Lagonas. Spaniards who arrived later called it Canada de las Lagunas (Canyon of the Lakes) and in 1904, the area became known as Laguna Beach.


Around the same time artist Norman St. Clair traveled from Los Angeles to capture the scenery on canvas. His artist friends were so impressed with his paintings and reports of a balmy year-round climate that they joined him. (He and his wife actually lived in Laguna off and on prior to 1912.) The plein-air artists who painted in the style of French impressionists, settled and by the late 1920’s, half of the residents were artists.


Following the artists came the Hollywood film makers who found Laguna to be every bit as appealing on the silver screen as it was painted on canvas. Many of Hollywood’s famous stars like Bette Davis, Mary Pickford, Judy Garland, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Rooney maintained homes in Laguna Beach.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Steinbeck also went to Laguna for inspiration and relaxation, frequenting landmarks like the White House and the Cabrillo Ballroom.


Laguna’s universal allure is best expressed on a famous gate built in 1935 (which still

stands on the corner of Forest and Park Avenues); it reads “This gate hangs well and

hinders none, refresh and rest, then travel on.”






Information Center

Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce

357 Glenneyre

Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Phone: (949) 494-1018

Fax: (949) 376-8916


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Taken on March 4, 2005