Laguna Beach

One of staycationscalifornia’s favorite places is Laguna Beach.
Laguna sits between Newport Beach and Dana Point in Orange County , California. This small community with a population of about 25,000 as of 2010 features pristine beaches and coves.

Laguna Street signBoard walk low
In fact I think it is the closest thing to Hawaii we have on the California Coast. Check out the photo with palm trees and blue Pacific.

House by CDM
Up against a backdrop of beautiful hillside homes, this quaint town is known for its eclectic artist community.

This can be evidenced by the many galleries scattered throughout the town with the most notable the Wyland Gallery on Pacific Coast Highway. Wyland first got notoriety by painting large murals on the sides of buildings and then became well known for his ocean life paintings. There is a mural on the side of the building at his gallery in Laguna that I am not totally sure but this might have been one of his firsts.

Wyland signWyland wall 2Wyland wall
Inside the gallery is amazing with the beautiful paintings and sculptures.

Wyland gallery entrance
I was jealous when I saw that he captured two whales breaching in one of his original photographs.

You can also order coffee and hang out on the balcony of the building and view the scenic Laguna coast or watch a sunset. They are very casual there. http://www.wylandgalleries.com

View from Wyland gallery

As mentioned, Laguna is famous for their galleries as well as their annual art festival called, you guessed it, “The Festival of the Arts”
Running nightly from July 9th through August 30th , a must see is the Pageant of the Masters. The production displays famous works of art with real people standing in as the figures in the painting or sculptures. It may seem simple but it is amazing and you have to see it to really appreciate what it is all about. They demonstrate how it is done and you are amazed on what you see. I highly recommend this event. http://www.foapom.com/
Down the street is the Sawdust Festival, displaying local artists goods in a more casual setting . It runs June 27 through August 31st.
Anyway, back to the beach. The main beach in Laguna is called, (Here we go again with the obvious) Main Beach. Main Beach is in the center of town and just down the road from the Pageant of the Masters.

Lifeguard towerMain beach from above
Main Beachmain street looking north

Up the hill from Main Beach are the galleries, restaurants and quaint little shops, but beware of parking, it can be limited in the summer months. There are many other coves and beaches nestled in between PCH, but again you have to be resilient to find parking on a summer day.

There are great rock formations beyond the surf and a rock that is home to birds of all kinds.

Birds on rockLaguna Rocks on main beach

I love the ocean water there, it just seems to be really clear blue and perfect for surfing, bodyboarding, Skimboarding, etc.

Laguna rocks

There are many fine restaurants and hotels in Laguna, check this site out: http://www.lagunabeachinfo.com/

Highly recommended by staycationscalifornia.com. For a day, weekend or even a week.  Also, take a short trip to neighboring Newport and Corona Del Mar and watch the boats come into the Newport Harbor.

Laguna Newport harbor sail boat

VIDEO:Laguna Beach Main Beach

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