Laguna Beach Has It All

Laguna Beach has it all - beauty, charm, culture. And it's a fun-loving place to boot! Beach activities are plentiful, including volleyball, basketball, swimming, skin and scuba diving, surfing, and tidepooling. Head inland to one of Laguna's wilderness parks to enjoy hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and bird-watching.

This small coastal community is best known as an artist's colony, where the Festival of the Arts and Pagent of the Masters are major attractions (and major traffic stoppers) every summer. But you can enjoy art here any time of the year. The Laguna Art Museum is in the thick of things, adjacent to Heisler Park, and you can easily make a day of it gallery hopping. There are nearly 100 galleries to choose from. In fact, with its Art in Public Places program, the city is itself an outdoor art gallery, where you'll find murals, sculptures and other surprises.

The performing arts are also in force here. The Laguna Playhouse is the West Coast's oldest continually operating theatre company. They offer a variety of productions throughout the year.

Laguna Beach styles itself as the Riviera of Southern California, and I'd say that was a pretty fair assessment. The mild weather makes it a prime year-round resort location, and the lovely beaches, coves, palm trees and flowers only add to its appeal. The village area is a charming place to go shopping or just take a stroll.

Accommodations range from modest to luxurious. There are picturesque bed and breakfasts, cozy cottages, family-friendly inns, and full-service resorts. Eateries also vary - from pizza and burgers to fine food. The one thing you won't find, however, is an abundance of fast food joints.

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