In my opinion, Laguna Beach stands out from a pretty but otherwise indistinguishable Southern California coastline because of its charm and sense of community that is apparent when you walk around the bustling downtown. Laguna seems to have it all with a gorgeous coastline and beaches that you can appreciate from near or up above in the hills that ring and separate it from its neighbors.
In full disclosure, Sergio called Laguna Beach home for seven years prior to moving to Boston so part of our connection is due to his many fond memories and the friends we have there like Fernando & Arden who live in their home which was originally built in 1939. They lovingly call this sprawling home with breathtaking views of Laguna Beach “Casa Laguna”. Aside from having a delicious dinner at Casa Laguna made with much TLC by Fernando, Sergio and I enjoyed walking the many parks and spending time at West Street Beach which happens to be the “gay beach” in Laguna or “Gayguna” as Instagram called this beach when I tagged this photo of Sergio goofing around and enjoying the warm weather.
If you do have an opportunity to visit Laguna Beach, I would also recommend driving up to the park “Top of the World”, which has the best views of Laguna and includes a park with hiking paths. Laguna also has a series of small parks along the coast worth visiting. Some of my favorites included the tiny Crescent Bay Point Park, Heisler Park and Main Beach Park (for the people watching) . If all that walking makes you thirsty grab a cocktail at the Mexican restaurant, Las Brisas. It abuts Heisler Park and has an outdoor patio overlooking the park and water.