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Laguna Beach

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'''Laguna Beach''' is a resort-residential community (population about 20,000) along the Pacific coast in [[Beach Cities (Orange County)|South Orange County]] in [[Southern California]]. It is known for its extensive artist community, seaside village atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and luxury resort hotels. Fans of the Beach Boys will recall the mention of the city in the song "Surfin' Safari". In warm sunny weather, Laguna Beach can have an overwhelming Mediterranean-island ambiance. Laguna Beach attracts a few million visitors a year.
 
==Understand==
 
===Orientation===
Laguna Beach lies along the coast of the Pacific Ocean with a ridge of hills bounding its eastern edge. The main road is Pacific Coast Highway, also referred to as Coast Highway, Highway 1 and PCH.
 
'''North Laguna'''
This is the area from about High Street north to the city line at Crystal Cove State Park. This stretch of Coast Highway has a few restaurants and shops, but is main residential (large gated communities) with entry points to secluded beaches.
 
'''Main Beach / The Village'''
This area fans out from Broadway, a street that becomes Laguna Canyon Road (CA 133, a main artery into Laguna Beach). To the north is the famous Gallery Row area and oceanfront Heisler Park. To the south is the village area with shops and restaurants. Broadway ends at Main Beach, with its boardwalk and popular sandy beach area.
 
'''South of Main Beach'''
This is the long area from about Cleo Street south to Aliso Creek Beach. This stretch of Coast Highway contains a lot of shopping, restaurants, hotels and entry points to secluded beaches. Residential neighborhoods slope up the hills.
 
'''South Laguna'''
This is the area from Aliso Creek Beach south to Crown Valley Parkway. It contains cliff side beaches, some restaurants and shopping, a hospital and residential properties.
==Get in==
===By rail===
Amtrak and Metrolink stations are located in Irvine, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, and San Clemente. From there it will be necessary to take public transportation or a taxi.
==Get around==
*'''Laguna Beach Transit'''[http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/government/departments/publicworks/services/transit.htm] operates three mainline fixed bus routes, hourly schedule, year round six days a week (6:30AM to 6:15PM weekdays; 9:20AM to 6:15PM Saturdays; no service Sundays). The Gray route services North Laguna, Laguna Canyon, and Top of the World. The Blue route services Bluebird Canyon and Arch Beach Heights. The Red route services the South Coast Hwy corridor from Downtown to Ritz Carlton (Dana Point) and back. All buses loop back to the Transit Center on Broadway in downtown. Adults 75 cents.
The '''FREE Summer Shuttle Service''' is a four-line service to accommodate locals and visitors going to the Pageant of the Masters, local art festivals, etc. Beginning in late June through the end of August, the four Summer shuttle routes operate seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. 30AM to 11:30 p.m. 30PM Frequency 30 minutes.
===By car===
Although a car may be convenient, parking is at a premium in the summer; '''beware of having your car towed'''. You'll probably have to pay to park downtown in beach weather. The cheapest option is parking in the residential areas on the other side of Pacific Coast Highway, although you risk begrudging the residents. If you are trying to get downtown a good place to park is the district parking lot just across from Laguna Beach High School. From here you can take a short walk into town. Lot prices in the summer range from $7 - $15.
==See==
Before seeing anything, visit the '''Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau'''[http://www.lagunabeachinfo.org], 252 Broadway (tel. 800/877-1115 or 949/497-9229). It is located in the heart of town and distributes lodging, dining, and art gallery guides. It's open Monday through Friday from 9am 9AM to 5pm5PM, and Saturday from 10am 10AM to 4pm 4PM (plus Sundays in the summer).
*<see name="Art-A-Fair" alt="" address="777 Laguna Canyon Road" directions="" phone="949-494-4514" url="http://www.art-a-fair.com" hours="SunSu-Thurs Th 10-9; Fri & Sat 10-10" price="$3.50-7.00" lat="" long="">The Art-A-Fair Festival is one of three premier outdoor art shows held annually in Laguna Beach. Located in Laguna Canyon between the Sawdust Festival and Festival of Arts in a beautiful garden setting, it features over 125 artists, plus live entertainment, fine food, demonstrations and workshops. Artists from California as well as many other states and countries apply annually and are accepted through a jury system, which contributes to the high quality of art and master crafts among participants.</see>
* <see name="Festival of Arts" alt="" address="650 Laguna Canyon Rd" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.lagunafestivalofarts.com/" hours="10AM-11:30PM during the summer" price="">This fine art festival showcases Orange County’s most accomplished artists during the summer months. Held on the same grounds as the Pageant of the Masters, there are demos, music, and food available in addition to the artwork.</see>
*'''Have a picnic''' in one of the many beautiful parks in the Laguna area.
*<do name="Laguna Beach Art Tours" alt="artists home tours" address="1200 S Coast" directions="" phone="714-270-0388" url="http://LagunaBeachArtTours.weebly.com" hours="by appt" price="$55 & up" lat="" long="">Get an insider's peek into the hidden world of artists with Laguna Beach Art Tours' home tours. Enter artists' private home studios, see live art demos, amazing locations + purchase original art. Tours ideal for corporate groups, clubs or any special day; by appointment. </do>
 
==Buy==
*<buy name="SoCal Sports Massage" alt="" address="1000 No Coast Highway" directions="" phone="949-903-4639" url="http://www.socalsportsmassage.com" hours="Daily by appointment" price="" lat="" long="">A professional therapeutic and sports massage practice as well as spa party planners. Modalities practiced include Neuromuscular, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic & Sports Massage.</buy>
*<buy name="The Shops at MontageCosta Azul Itn'l" alt="" address="30801 South 689 S. Coast HighwayHwy" directions="" phone="866.271.6953949-497-1423" url="http://www.montageshopscoastaazul.comnet" hours="9AM-8PM 7days" price="" lat="" long="">This store from Montage Stand up paddle & surf lessons $95 for private. $75/person for semi-private. Lessons include wetsuit and board. </buy>*<buy name="The T-Shirt Company" alt="" address="387 S. Coast Hwy" directions="" phone="(949)494-3217" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">An assortment of Laguna Beach features preferred bath and body products including att-home spa treatments, luxury soaps, bath necessities and fragrances from Telegraph Hill, Spa Technologyshirts, sweatshirts and Provence Sante by Baudelairesouvenirs. </buy> 
==Eat==
Food here can be very expensiveThere are a wide range of options for dining in Laguna Beach. There The high-end restaurants and inexpensive options are some great Mexican mixed together both in the village core and along PCH. Most restaurants will have their menu outside so that you can determine if the food and some cheaper lunchtime placesprices are what you're looking for.
===Budget===
* '''Adolfo's Mexican Food''', 998 South Coast Hwy (at Anita Street, south of Main Beach), 9AM-9PM, Daily. ($reasonable) *'''Café Zinc''', 350 Ocean Avenue (in the village), (949)494-6302, [http://www.zinccafe.com/lagunamenu.htm], 350 Ocean Ave in downtown, 949/494-6302. Vegetarian café serving breakfast and lunch. Very popular with locals.*'''Gina's Pizza and Pastaria'''[http://ginaspizza.com/menu/], 610 N. North Coast Hwy, (949.)497.-4421; 1100 S. South Coast Hwy. (949.)494-4342, [http://ginaspizza.4342com/menu/]. Two locations for some great Italian foodincluding pizza, lunch pastas and hearty sandwiches, with pitchers of beer available. The southern location has outdoor seating for people watching with an ocean view. Friendly and dinnertotally casual. *'''Healthy Chinese Cuisine''', 215 Broadway (in downtownthe village, at South Coast Hwy), (949) 281-6794. Probably the best eatery in this open-air Food Court near the corner of Broadway and S. *'''Heidelberg Cafe & Bistro''', 1100 South Coast Hwy(at Brooks Street), (949) 497-4594, [http://www.heidelbergcafe.com/]. Popular breakfast place that also does lunch. Has indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast $10, Lunch $10-15.*<eat name="'''La Sirena Grill" alt="" address="''', 347 Mermaid Street(in the village),(949) 497-TACO (8226) in downtown Laguna Beach" directions="" phone="" url=", 8AM-9PM M-Sa, [http://www.lasirenagrill.com/start].php?go=locations" hours="Monday to Saturday ~8:00 am to 9:00 pm" price="" lat="" long="">Looks like a hole in the wall, seating is limited to a few barstools and handful of tables and benches, but the best Mexican food. Fortunately there is a second location, which looks like a restaurant and has the same menu, but no breakfast*'''La Sirena Grill''', at 30862 S. Coast Highway (in the Aliso Creek Shopping Center with Albertsons and CVS, across the street from the Montage), (949) 499-2301, 7AM-10PM Daily. Same great food as the village location, but with plenty of seating indoor and out. Also has 19 taps of craft beers on tap. Also has the advantage of free parking in a large lot. </eat> *'''Orange Inn''', 703 South Coast Hwy, (949) 494-6085. Good for breakfast & brunch, sandwiches, smoothies, coffee and tea. Freshly made baked good include delicious peach muffins. Small indoor seating area, but right next to a lovely stretch of beach if you get your items to-go.*'''Penguin Cafe''', 981 South Coast Hwy (at Anita Street), (949) 494-1353. Family-run and very friendly. Popular for breakfast and also serves lunch including malts and milk shakes.*'''Taco Loco''', 640 South Coast Hwy, (949/)497-1635. Fast-food ambiance, but quality of the food equals many higher-price restaurants. Favorites include Cajun-spiced seafood tacos, blackened lobster tacos, and the mushroom-and-tofu burgers. Opens late on Friday and Saturday, til 2am2AM.*'''The Stand''', 238 Thalia St., (near South Coast Hwy), (949/)494-8101, 7AM-7PM Daily. If any eatery can be called typically Laguna, this might be it. Only organic vegan ingredients are used in preparations. Smoothies, salads, and pita sandwiches are favorites. Open 7-7 daily.*<eat name="'''Wahoos Fish Taco" alt="" address="''', 1133 South Coast Hwy" directions="" phone="(at Oak Street),(949) 497-0033" url=", [http://www.wahoos.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>]. Popular local chain making fresh, delicious and inexpensive Mexican food.
===Mid-range===
*'''C'est La Vie Restaurant and Bakery''' , 373 South Coast Hwy (in the village), (949)497-5100, [http://www.cestlavierestaurant.com/], 373 South Coast Hwy in downtown (949) 497-5100. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner main course $15-18.*'''Five FeetFrench 75 Bistro''' [http://www.fivefeetrestaurants.com/], 328 Glenneyre St, in downtown1464 South Coast Hwy (near Mountain Rd), (949/497)494-4955. California Pacific Rim cuisine. Main courses $18 up.*'''French 75 Bistro'''8444, [http://www.culinaryadventures.com/restaurants/f75/index.html], 1464 South Coast Hwy, near Mountain Rd, 949.494.8444. Contemporary renderings of classic bistro dishes. Dinner only. Entrées about $18-$38; Prix Fixe Menu $30. Early Entrées at half price 5-6:30pm30PM.*'''Hotel Laguna''', 425 South Coast Hwy(in the village). The deck has great views of the beach and (relatively) cheap food like burgers and salads.*'''La Paz'''. An awesome view looking south from Heisler Park.*'''Las Brisas''', 361 Cliff Drive (off North Coast Hwy), [http://www.lasbrisaslagunabeach.com/], 361 Cliff Dr., off North Coast Hwy. Mexican restaurant that has a patio with some great views of the ocean. Mediocre and expensive food, but excellent viewsfor having a cocktail. It gets pretty packed on a nice summer day.*'''MosunOlamendi's''', 680 1100 South Coast Hwy., 949/497-5646. Restaurant-nightclub serving Pacific Rim cuisine#202 (at Oak Street), with fresh sushi and large selection of sake. Entrées include teriyaki steak and pan-seared, five-spice duck breast.*'''Olamendi's'''[http://www.olamendis.com/index2.html], 1100 South Coast Hwy, #202. Mexican restaurant with a view and an extensive menu, including a Lite Menu (300 calories). Dinners about $15.*'''Rock'n Fish''', 422 South Coast Hwy (in the village), [http://www.rocknfishmb.com/]. 11:30AM-10PM Su-Th, 11:30AM-11PM Fr-Sa. New Orleans influenced seafood and steak menu, a dozen taps of draft beer and a full bar. Second-floor location has views onto the Main Beach area. Dinner $20 and up.*'''Ti Amo''', 31727 S. Coast Hwy.(in South Laguna), (949/)499-5350. Creative Mediterranean cuisine. Try the seared ahi with a sesame-seed crust.
=== Splurge ===
*'''Broadway''', 328 Glennerye Street (in the village), (949) 715-8234, [http://broadwaybyamarsantana.com/]. 5PM-10PM Su-Th, 5PM-11PM Fr-Sa (Dinner only, note: closes at 1AM Fr/Sa but service ends at 11PM). Recently opened, notable wine list. Dinner $40.
*'''Studio''', 30801 South Coast Hwy (at the Montage Resort), (949)715-6420, [http://www.studiolagunabeach.com/]. 5PM-10PM Tu-Su (Dinner only). Panoramic ocean views, contemporary French cuisine. A great choice to celebrate a special occasion. Reservation strongly recommended and men should wear a jacket. Dinner $50 and up.
==Drink==
===Coffee===*'''Andree's Patisserie''', 1456 South Coast Hwy (near Mountain Street), (949) 494-1577. M 7:35AM-12PM; T- F 7:35AM-3PM; Sa 7:35AM-1PM; Su closed. A fantastic little bakery tucked away near French 75 restaurant. Highly recommended to grab some pastries and coffee, then head to the sand for breakfast on the beach.*'''Heidelberg Cafe & Bistro''', 1100 South Coast Hwy (at Brooks Street). See description above under "Eat".*'''Koffee Klatch''', 1440 South Coast Hwy (near Mountain Street), (949) 376-6867. 7AM-11PM M-Th & Su, 7AM-12AM F-S. Locally owned, you can get breakfast in the morning and treat yourself to dessert at night. Eclectic decor, big comfy chairs, patio seating and friendly staff. Some of the best coffee in Orange County.*'''Laguna Coffee Company''', 1050 South Coast Hwy (between Anita and Oak Streets), (949) 494-6901, [http://www.lagunacoffeeco.com/]. 6AM-6PM Su-W, 6AM-8PM Th-Sa. Locally owned, the coffee beans are roasted in-house. Limited seating inside and along the walkway outside.*'''Orange Inn''', 703 South Coast Hwy (at Cleo). See description above under "Eat".*'''Starbucks'''. There are two locations for this chain, and they're practically next to each other on either side of Broadway at Main Beach. The northern location has its own small parking lot.**184 South Coast Hwy**180 North Coast Hwy===Bars & Pubs===*'''Marine Room''' , 214 Ocean Avenue in downtown.
*'''The Sandpiper''' is about six blocks south of Main Beach, it offers good local music.
*<drink name="Brussels Bistro" alt="" address="222 Forest Ave" directions="" phone="(949) 376-7955" url="http://www.brusselsbistro.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Brussels Bistro offers live jazz Tuesday through ThursdayTu-Th. On Friday and Saturday the brasserie-style restaurant transforms into one of the hotter nightclubs in town. Happy hour is offered daily from 4-7 p.m.7PM</drink>*<drink name="The Whitehouse" alt="" address="340 South Coast Hwy" directions="" phone="(949) 494-8088" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The White House Restaurant & Nightclub in Laguna Beach is almost certainly the oldest, restaurant in Orange County. Since it's its opening in 1918 The Whitehouse has been totally renovated and remodeled, and includes dining room with adjacent lounge bar and dance floor. Live music is featured 7 nights a week.</drink>*<drink name="Hennessey's Tavern" alt="" address="213 Ocean Avenue" directions="" phone="+1 949 494-2743" url="www.hennesseystavern.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Casual pub with two bars, downstairs and upstairs. Live music most nights. Burgers, Irish comfort food and the like. </drink>*<drink name="Ocean Brewing Company" alt="" address="237 Ocean Avenue" directions="" phone="(949) 497-3381" url="www.oceanbrewing.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Casual bar with solid house beer and a cocktail selection. Lunch and dinner, with notable pizza options.</drink>
==Sleep==
* '''Art Hotel Laguna Beach''', 1404 North Coast Highway, ''+1 949'' 494-6464, Fax: ''+1 949'' 494-9776, [http://arthotellagunabeach.com/index.php]. Formerly America's Best Inns. Across the street from the ocean and Crescent Bay Park.
* '''Best Western Laguna Brisas Spa Hotel''', 1600 South Coast Highway, ''+1 949'' 497-7272, Toll-free: ''+1 888'' 296-6834, Fax: ''+1 949'' 497-8306, [http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=05537].
*<sleep name="Casa Laguna Inn & amp; Spa" alt="" address="2510 South Coast Hwy" directions="" phone="(800) 233-0449" url="http://www.casalaguna.com" checkin="3 PM3PM" checkout="11 AM11AM" price="$150159-$650649" lat="" long=""> Bed and Breakfast across from the ocean in Laguna Beach. Rooms designed for one or two adults. Romantic, terraced gardens. Full service spa, charming unique rooms and suites with modern amenities, gourmet breakfast prepared with local ingredients, afternoon wine and cheese, high speed internet, and ocean view garden hot tub. </sleep>
* '''Holiday Inn Laguna Beach''', 696 South Coast Highway, (''at Cleo Road, northeast corner'') ''+1 949'' 494-1001, [http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/hd/laxlg]. Convenient location, across the street from ocean access and a Ralph's supermarket open 24 hrs.
* '''Laguna Reef Inn''', 30806 South Coast Highway, ''+1 949'' 499-2227, Toll-free: ''+1 800'' 922-9905, Fax: ''+1 949'' 499-5575, [http://www.lagunareefinn.com/]. Formerly Best Western. To close in 2010; bought by Montage across the street.
* '''Laguna Riviera Resort on the Beach''', 825 South Coast Highway, ''+1 949'' 494-1196, Fax: ''+1 949'' 494-8421, [http://www.lagunariviera.com].
* '''Montage Resort & Spa Laguna Beach''', 30801 South Coast Highway, Phone: 1-866-271-6953, [http://www.montagelagunabeach.com/index.html] Sumptuous oceanfront hotel on a bluff with superb service, gorgeous grounds, and delightful views. Facilities for meetings, weddings, spa retreats, as well as a variety of fine dining restaurants.
*<sleep name="Inn at Laguna Beach" alt="" address="211 North Coast Highway" directions="" phone="(949) 497-9722" url="http://www.innatlagunabeach.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A luxury hotel in Orange County featuring oceanfront suites, for business and leisure travel. This Laguna Beach hotel also offers romantic vacation packages, wedding venues, catering and meeting rooms.</sleep>
*<sleep name="La Casa Del Camino" alt="" address="1289 S. Coast Highway" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.casacamino.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Built in 1929 as a seaside retreat for Hollywood movie stars, this elegant Mediterranean style landmark offers lodging accommodations with their own unique characteristics and antique furnishings.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Pacific Edge Hotel" alt="" address="647 South Coast Hwy" directions="" phone="949.281.5709" url="http://www.pacificedgehotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Two heated pools, Jacuzzi, poolside lounge, onsite Beach House restaurant, health club and beach butlers.</sleep>
*<sleep name="The Retreat In Laguna" alt="" address="729 Gaviota Drive" directions="" phone="949-376-7170" url="http://theretreatinlaguna.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Completely renovated in 2010, the villas of The Retreat offer luxury vacation rentals and extended-stay accommodations that sleep 4 comfortably.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Sunset Cove Villas" alt="" address="683 Sleepy Hollow Lane" directions="Located off of Pacific Coast Highway at the intersection of Cleo St." phone="" url="http://www,sunsetcove.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""> Has one, two and three bedroom accommodations at a central downtown location with panoramic ocean views. Each villa has fully equipped kitchens, entertainment centers, satellite television and internet access and key-card security doors.</sleep>
*<sleep name="La Casa Del CaminoBest Western Allamanda" alt="" address="1289 S. Coast Highway29 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road,Cherngtalay,Thalang" directions="Located in around a lagoon offering great views and a tranquil setting." phone="" url="http://www.casacaminoallamandaphuket.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Best rates on official website start at 3,300.00 THB" lat="" long="">Built Unwind and indulge with Best Western Allamanda Laguna Phuket in 1929 as Thailand, a seaside retreat for Hollywood movie stars, this elegant Mediterranean style landmark offers lodging accommodations with their own unique characteristics restful sanctuary near a lagoon. Check availability and antique furnishingsrates today.</sleep>
==Get out==
"OhLaguna Beach makes an excellent launching point for other activities in the area. Disneyland is 25 miles away and Hollywood is about 60 miles away. However, please there are plenty of things to doin the nearby area'''South of Laguna Beach'''The pleasant harbor city of Dana Point offers shopping, restaurants, great surfing beaches and a family-friendly Ocean Institute with exhibits.Farther south is San Clemente with it's fine pier, famous surfing spots and more shopping and food options." '''North of Laguna Beach'''Crystal Cove State Park offers overnight camping, locals will saygorgeous cliff side beaches and hiking. John Wayne (actor Just north of the Park is Corona Del Mar, a sleepy ocean community with good dining options. Beyond this is Newport Beach and Newport Huntington Beach. '''East of Laguna Beach republican'''The city of Irvine is vast. The Spectrum is large shopping complex near Laguna Canyon Road (CA 133) Airport is only twenty minutes away on offering a wealth of shopping and dining, as well as a good day21-screen theater including IMAX.
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