Laguna Beach is a premier seaside destination located midway between Los Angeles and along the Coast of Orange County, approximately 24 miles southeast of downtown Santa Ana. Known for its endless miles of clean sandy stretches, Laguna Beach is popular for its hundreds of working artists and annual festivals that draw visitors from near and far. Check out more information on Laguna Beach hotels and Laguna Beach resorts.
'Laguna' is derived from 'Lagonas' named by the coastal Indian tribes the 'Ute-Azetcas' who first inhabited the canyon formations along California's coast some 2000 years ago. Laguna beach's attraction is best expressed on a famous gate built in 1935 that reads 'This gate hangs well and hinders none, refresh and rest, then travel on'.
Subsequently this area came to be known as Laguna Beach. The 42-mile coastline offers a spectacular view and wide spectrum of entertainment. Being one of the best known oceanfront locations in the world with warm Pacific waters and sunsets, Laguna Beach attracts tourists with its coastal dining offering a variety of culinary delights, shopping malls and rows of galleries, boutique shops, coastal villages, cultural activities and golf courses. There is allure, romance and creative energy on the Laguna Beaches.
Laguna Beach hotel
There are several private resorts at Laguna Beach which offer a relaxed holiday for the discerning tourist. These resorts at Laguna Beach are best suited for a rejuvenating vacation as they are set in tropical gardens terraced to the ocean's edge. One can enjoy the surf, view the spectacular grand sunsets in a quiet setting, walk to the beach, swim in the ocean and visit local art galleries and shops.
Many upscale Laguna Beach hotels are open to the oceanfront and fully equipped with Jacuzzi tubs, bedroom suites, private ocean front deck and cozy fireplace. Whether the tourist wants to unwind in the heated indoor pool or enjoy a sauna or hot bubbling tub bath, there is no dearth of hotels at Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach also boasts of long established restaurants which are world class.
In fact Laguna Beach is one of the best dining destinations in Southern California for trendy or traditional food. Several clean and friendly spa services for a complete holiday retreat are available at Laguna Beach. Skin care regimens, capillary treatments, micro dermabrasion, photo rejuvenations, lymphatic treatment and pressotherapy are some of the spa services available here.
There are a number of rugged caves north of the Laguna Beach which makes it a great place for snorkeling and scuba diving. The grassy parkland at the city's main beach is the perfect spot to watch a volley ball match or pick-up game of basketball. The Salt creek Beach Park is just below the awesome Ritz- Carlton and the Laguna Niguel resort is one of the best swimming beaches in Orange County.
Art Festivals at Laguna Beach
The Pageant of the Masters brings together artists and art collectors together. During the Pageant, an annual living statue show, local volunteers reproduce several dozens of famous artwork in the evening with the help of elaborate costumes and makeup. The pageant is apparently the only show of its type and scale in western North America. These festivals attract thousands of tourists from all over the world. One very interesting and largely unknown fact of Laguna Beach is that it is known as the 'Mecca for Skim boarding', a sport that has been invented by the town's lifeguards over half a century ago.
Historical sites at Laguna Beach
Irvine Bowl: This is located on Laguna Canyon Road and is the home of the Festival of Arts and the Pageant of the Masters.
Laguna Art Museum: Founded by the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1929, this museum is the oldest institution of its kind in Orange County. It houses several regional contemporary and historical arts.
Crystal Cove State Park: Located north of Laguna Beach is a beautiful stretch of land featuring rustic and overnight campsites, with coastal cliffs and a beach front cove sandwiched between Pacific Coast Highway and the Pacific Ocean. Crystal Cove is also known for mountain bikers inland and scuba and skin divers underwater. The beach is popular for both swimmers and surfers.
Heisler Park: Situated north of the Laguna's main beach along the bluffs of Cliff drive, this spot offers a stunning view of Laguna's coastline. It is also a popular Laguna Beach wedding site.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater: Located adjacent to the Laguna Beach in Irvine, this amphitheater is one of the most popular concert venues in Southern California.
Laguna Beach attractions
Whether the tourist is interested in a perfect bridal outfit or apparel for a cruise, there is a place for 'wearable art' in the beach coast. A visitor can find one-of-a-kind fashions drifting across the stores on the shore. Beautifully designed jackets and unique shoes are also available in a variety of styles and colors.
For golfing enthusiasts, there are several magnificent golf courses. Some of the famous ones are the Pelican Hill Golf Club and the Aliso Viejo Golf Club. There are about 30 golf course in Orange County open to the public. Several nightclubs offer dancing, dining and entertainment. A tourist can also catch a concert at one of the many venues which has something to offer everyone for an evening out.