Area Guide

About Laguna Beach

Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, Laguna Beach is a seaside village with over 7 miles of coastline and over 20 unique coves and sandy beaches to explore. It is the ideal spot to check in and watch the waves, play in the water, build a sandcastle, and admire the spectacular sunsets. With more than 20,000 acres of wilderness, Laguna Beach attracts hikers, bikers, bird watchers, backpackers, and landscape painters to its dramatic cliffs, verdant hills, and marine sanctuaries. Known for its world-class artists, festivals, and galleries, Laguna Beach also provides the perfect starting point for exploring the arts.

History of Laguna Beach

Laguna’s history dates back hundreds of years. Indians became the first inhabitants of Laguna. Attracted by the plentiful supply of fish and shellfish along the rocky coast, they fished from the seaside rocks and hunted deer in the surrounding canyons. The Indians called this area Laguna (an Indian name for lakes) after the two freshwater lakes in Laguna canyon…Read full history

Points of interest in Laguna Beach

Heisler Park

Take a half-mile walk on the bluffs of Laguna Beach to see spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

Laguna Art Museum

One of the oldest museums in California, the Laguna Art Museum has deep ties to the history and culture of Laguna Beach. It focuses on works created by California artists, and represents the life and history of the state, with one of the most comprehensive collections of California art from the 19th century to the present day.

Treasure Island Park

This beautiful park, located in South Laguna, boasts some of the most pristine beaches in Southern California.

Boutique Shops on Forest Avenue

Discover an incredible selection of boutiques, jewelry, and gifts. Find rare books to add to your collection and unique home furnishings to make your nest a space to notice. Many of the shops are owned by Laguna Beach residents with items designed by local artists & designers.

Summertime Art Festivals

The Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters, Art-A-Fair, and Sawdust Art Festival are held every year during July & August, showcasing compelling works of art by local and international artists, attracting visitors from around the world. The Pageant of the Masters is a world-famous stage presentation featuring “living pictures.” Watch as cast members are magically transformed into famous works of art, accompanied by a full orchestra and live narration.

The Laguna Playhouse

Celebrating 90 years of community theater in Laguna Beach, The Laguna Playhouse provides an enriching cultural experience to residents and visitors alike. Award-winning and unique shows play year-round.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Step into the serene Aliso Canyon, a secluded setting that golfers have been escaping to since 1950 to play a challenging par 32.

Main Beach

Referred to as Laguna’s ‘Window to the Sea,’ Main Beach is in the heart of Laguna’s village. Shop, walk along the boardwalk, watch a game at the basketball courts, see the historic Lifeguard tower, or try laughter yoga on the beach.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

This non-profit organization is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals stranded along the Orange County coastline. Admission is free, however, donations are accepted.

Thousand Steps Beach

This public beach is accessed by descending a steep set of stairs (218 steps) at 9th Avenue and PCH. Dramatic views, body surfing, and volleyball are found here.

Area activities

Art galleries and shopping

Laguna Beach is the pristine beauty that she is because there are so many people who care about her everlasting beauty. An art colony from its roots, we have several committees that not only look after Laguna’s natural loveliness but help create and place art in public places, from lamppost banner originals by our local artists to towering edifices and street corner art just about everywhere you look.

Click here to view the quarterly Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Calendar.

With more than 100 art galleries and artist studios, you’ll come to understand why Laguna Beach refers to itself as an “art colony.” Laguna Beach makes it easy to take home a part of the city’s distinct style with a unique piece of art you won’t find anywhere else.

Click here to view art galleries in Laguna Beach.


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Laguna Beach has a mild Mediterranean climate with abundant sunshine all year. The average daily high temperature ranges from 68 °F in January to 80 °F in August. Mean annual precipitation is relatively low at 13.56 inches. The average ocean water temperatures range from about 59 °F in February to 68 °F in August; with early to mid-September water temperatures often peaking at about 72 °F. However, the ocean surface temperatures along the beaches of Laguna Beach may vary by several degrees from the average, dependent upon offshore winds, air temperature, and sunshine.








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