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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.
 
'''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==
 
==Get in==
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*<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="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="Costa Azul Itn'l" alt="" address="689 S. Coast Hwy" directions="" phone="949-497-1423" url="http://www.coastaazul.net" hours="9AM-8PM 7days" price="" lat="" long="">Stand up paddle & surf lessons $95 for private.  $75/person for semi-private.  Lessons include wetsuit and board.  </buy>
 
*<buy name="Costa Azul Itn'l" alt="" address="689 S. Coast Hwy" directions="" phone="949-497-1423" url="http://www.coastaazul.net" hours="9AM-8PM 7days" price="" lat="" long="">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 t-shirts, sweatshirts and souvenirs.</buy>
 
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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*'''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.
 
*'''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.
 
*'''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. Avoid the chips, however...they're cheap, grocery store brand and have the taste and texture of balsa wood.  Opens late on Friday and Saturday, til 2AM.
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*'''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 2AM.
 
*'''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.
 
*'''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.
 
*'''Wahoos Fish Taco''', 1133 South Coast Hwy (at Oak Street),(949) 497-0033, [http://www.wahoos.com/]. Popular local chain making fresh, delicious and inexpensive Mexican food.
 
*'''Wahoos Fish Taco''', 1133 South Coast Hwy (at Oak Street),(949) 497-0033, [http://www.wahoos.com/]. Popular local chain making fresh, delicious and inexpensive Mexican food.
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
 
===Coffee===
 
===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.  They often run out of product and are forced to close early on crowded weekend days.
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*'''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".
 
*'''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.
 
*'''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.
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**184 South Coast Hwy
 
**184 South Coast Hwy
 
**180 North Coast Hwy
 
**180 North Coast Hwy
 
 
===Bars & Pubs===
 
===Bars & Pubs===
 
*'''Marine Room''', 214 Ocean Avenue in downtown
 
*'''Marine Room''', 214 Ocean Avenue in downtown
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
Laguna 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, there are plenty of things to do in the nearby area.
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"Oh, please do...", locals will say. John Wayne (actor and Newport Beach republican) Airport is only twenty minutes away on a good day.
 
 
'''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, gorgeous cliff side beaches and hiking. Just north of the Park is Corona Del Mar, a sleepy ocean community with good dining options. Beyond this is Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.
 
 
 
'''East of Laguna Beach'''
 
The city of Irvine is vast. The Spectrum is large shopping complex near Laguna Canyon Road (CA 133) offering a wealth of shopping and dining, as well as a 21-screen theater including IMAX.
 
  
 
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