Laguna Beach is a picturesque location with an equally dazzling heritage. It was soon after the American Civil War that this seaside village was settled, before it quickly became a retreat for ranchers. It was English painter Norman Saint Clair who came here in the early 19th century to capture the summer scenes, and in whose footsteps many more creatives subsequently followed.
To admire the scenery from on high, head for Heisler Park. Take one of the hiking trails and you'll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views as far north as Crescent Bay, all the way south towards Laguna's Main Beach. If you head for the coast you can enjoy an array of recreational activities too.
At Main Beach, grab a paddleboard and surf the waves. Thousand Step Beach is perfect for surfing or playing volleyball, and at Aliso Beach, you'll be able to grill some food on the available fire pits. Visit Diver's Cove to meet marine life of all kinds, or if you head for Victoria Beach, you can explore the home of skimboarding.
As well as the beaches, there is also some wonderful architecture. Take the Bungalow Tour, which takes you on a journey through the city's history on this tour, you'll also spot one of the world's smallest churches, St Francis by the Sea. The area's artistic heritage has gone from strength to strength, and if you want to join in, you can explore the studios of more than 20 local artists which are open to the public on the first Saturday of every month. If you’d like an art lesson, Treasure Island Park is the place to head.
In the downtown of Laguna, you'll find The Village, a perfect place to unwind while exploring the many local boutiques, cafés and galleries. Enjoy a local beer at the Laguna Brewing Company, explore Forest Avenue, or pay a visit to the Laguna Art Museum where you will discover thousands of fine American artworks.
Whatever the time of year, you'll find a heady mix of attractions available to visit. In the summer months, a variety of art, music and crafts festivals are on offer. Stop off at the Visitors Center on Forest Avenue when you're in town and plan your visit from there.