Welcome to Laguna Beach
An artistic community where nature meets modernity
Laguna Beach shines with natural beauty, a free spirit, and a deep love of the arts. Set against the glistening Pacific and a backdrop of Crystal Cove State Park, the city is friendly to walkers and bikers, as it is full of districts and neighborhoods built for whatever needs its residents may have.
Historically attracting many plein air painters and artisans, Laguna Beach has always enjoyed a reputation of charm and natural elegance. A vacation destination, living here is always a treat. The mild climate and wealth of nature keeps the streets pleasant. The convenience of its location paired with Laguna Beach’s penchant for being unique, laid-back, and easy-going means it's the ideal place to raise a family or find some peace, all without sacrificing big city amenities.
The community’s artistic vibe continues into its architecture, creating a kaleidoscope of picturesque houses all working together to create that iconic Laguna Beach feel that so many people cherish. Neighborhoods are intermingled by Spanish and Mediterranean styles, bungalows and beach houses, and of course, Art Deco styles. Forever-homes are plentiful throughout the charming streets of Laguna Beach.
Things to Love
- Active and involved artists’ community
- Amazing nature views and beachfront
- Excellent school district
- Miles and miles of trails with all sorts of terrain
- Where bohemian chic meets convenience and contemporary amenities
Famous nation-wide for its haven of poets, artists, craftsmen, and other creatives, Laguna Beach is bursting with bohemian chic. Appearances aren’t everything here, and locals value authenticity and natural beauty hand-in-hand with a casual, laid-back attitude. Somewhere as beautiful as Laguna Beach makes it easy to feel like you’re on vacation every day. Residents take advantage of the natural surroundings by enjoying water sports and some of California’s best trails. Small town living seeps its way into Laguna Beach’s culture, despite its amenities and convenient location in between the Los Angeles and San Diego International Airports. Charmed by its unique ambiance, friendly people, and gorgeous surroundings, many families and retirees are drawn to Laguna Beach.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment
Only an hour from L.A., Laguna Beach might be close to the hubbub of the big city, but there’s no need to make the trip. Full of fine dining, casual eateries, deluxe shopping, and cute boutiques, Laguna Beach has more to offer than ever.
Laguna Beach’s options are as incredible and eclectic as the community itself. Home to a wide variety of shopping, there are nearly a hundred boutiques throughout Laguna Beach’s celebrated downtown. In fact, in 2018, the city topped Yelp’s list of best cities to shop local! Heavenly Couture is the perfect way to spruce up your wardrobe while beach-loving residents frequent Thalia Street Surf Shop.
Locals love grabbing a flavorful burrito at the inviting Carmelita’s or digging into some authentic noodles at Gu Ramen. Upscale dining awaits at Laguna Beach’s must-visit Selanne’s Steak Tavern, where sophisticated fare meets elegant ambiance. On the other hand, you can’t go wrong with the sub-bathed patio seating of Urth Cafe!
Things to Do
Complete with stunning natural surroundings and a community that cares, Laguna Beach never lacks in things to do.
Promoting the arts and community in one fell swoop is what Laguna Beach does best, and it's never more obvious than with the annual Festival of the Arts and Pageant of the Masters, where fine art comes alive. Held each year, Sawdust Art Festival is home to over a thousand excellent local artists and always offers something new.
The whole community comes together for food vendors and eye-catching art each month at the First Thursday Art Walk, where local businesses band together to create a truly Laguna Beach experience. Of course, the beach for which Laguna is so famous is an unparalleled way to spend an afternoon, while Heisler Park offers much in the way of green spaces, waterfront views, and trails.
The area is home to Laguna Beach Unified School District, which is widely recognized as an outstanding school system ideal for setting your kids up for success. Top schools of the region include: