Sometimes the nicest thing to do is just to relax and do nothing. And there are benches located around the park to do just that.This picture was the late afternoon, cold out and the clouds were just starting to roll in. But the sun was still shining from the West across the Pacific Ocean. It was so nice to just enjoy this beautiful natural environment.
Treasure Island Park has a large grassy area where you can picnic, play ball or toss Frisbees.There are picnic tables all around the park or you can walk down to the beach and picnic in a little cove. As an added advantage there is a handicap ramp to the beach.
Laguna's monthly art walk occurs on the first Thursday in the heart of town on the first. Plan accordingly. As a rich (in all ways), diverse arts colony, Laguna caters to various tastes. It's not all high-brow, avant-guarde displayed on the wall and floors. Attendance ranges in the several hundreds to a few thousand.
Some museums and galleries that participate include Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art (LGOCA), Laguna Art Museum, Fingerhut Gallery and Swenson Gallery (Commentary on a few of these to be added).
The walk stretches from North to a bit of South Laguna, along Pacific Coast Highway. It takes at least a few hours to appreciate the weekday visit, excluding a meal break and a moment to walk along the gorgeous blue shore, especially at sunset.
The Sanctuary is a plant and wildlife refuge in Laguna Canyon. It's in a rural area of Laguna Beach, surrounded by trees and natural beauty.
The Sanctuary offers spiritual, holistic and artistic workshops and events. They also hold Native American "drumming circles." The studio of contemporary Native American artist and teacher Anne Weiler is located in the sculpture garden. Anne teaches Native American history and legend in local schools and will create personal totems for visitors.
The studio and grounds are open by appointment and during workshops and events. The Sanctuary is a very unique place!
This is a great little chocolate shop located in a small walkway called Peppertree Lane. It is not visible from the street but accessible from Coast Highway. The walkway is in between a restaurant and a shop and next door to Gelato Paradiso. Make sure to have a truffle over some of the other tempting offerings they have. They make look really good but I think a little too sweet. The truffles are large so one is quite enough. Enjoy!
One of the best gelato I've had. It is soooo good and creamy. The pistachio flavor is very intense! I usually get that and hazelnut. Their hazelnut was okay but it could be that the pistachio was so strong that the hazelnut flavor wasn't as noticeable. It's a very hard to find little shop so if you can't locate it, ask some of the locals. I'm sure they know about it. Or, you can see the trail of people with gelato leaving the shop. Gelato served in cups and/or cones.
The original "lagoon", for which the city must certainly be named, appears to be a sandbar at the foot of Laguna Canyon Road, which has long since been filled in with urban development. The waterfront beach and park here is named Main Beach, and there's broad areas of lawn that are separated from the beach sand by a treated timber boardwalk. The boardwalk curves around children's play equipment, beach sand volleyball and concrete basketball courts. Pine and Eucalyptus trees and annuals decorate the park. Main Beach is a very popular place to walk the dog, but there are heavy fines for dogs off-leash or for leaving dog droppings behind. Some islands are nearby off shore. Because of the strong environmental focus of this community, there are also a zillion other rules to follow that are clearly posted on a sign. Please observe these rules and keep the beach beautiful.
The Fond Memory Gift Shop on Forest Street is great example of some of the quaint cottages you can find in Laguna. You can find everything from humble shacks, historical cottages,rustic beach houses, to modern mansions, sometimes side by side. You can do a self guided architectural tour or take a bus. Maps and info. are available from the Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau. You can call toll free, 1 800 877 1115 within the USA.
I know, this is a bit juvenile, but 3rd street is so fun to drive up and down! This street is soo steep it is a scary as a roller coaster to drive down! When you feel like some sort of excitement go here! hehe
Main Beach is the most well known and visited beach in Laguna. Mostly because it is in the center of the city. During the summer this beach can become very crowded, but is still very enjoyable! So close to everything you can grab some lunch or a coffee and take it with you to the beach.
Many of the hills of Laguna are covered with homes overlooking some of the most beautiful beaches and private coves in Southern California.This stunning coastal mountain location with it's Mediterranean climate is often compared to the French Riviera. Only a priviledged few can afford to own one of these homes overlooking the Pacific. For a very special upscale vacation some people do weekly or monthly rentals I really enjoy exploring these coastal hills and looking at the architecture. Up close or from a distance the different styles and creative designs are awesome. Maybe someday we will rent a beach house in Laguna, but in the mean time I am happy to just be a looky loo ; )
What else...? Walk along the beautiful beaches and coves.
Walking the beach, checking out the tidepools, sitting out on the rocks in the surf.
For me the weekdays are best and recommended to avoid the crowds.
Even if you are a late-person / nightowl like me, set the alarm early one morning and walk the beach a little after sunrise when it is nearly deserted and the light has barely come up.
Again, Catalina Island can be seen 26 miles out on the horizon (if you squint).
Laguna Beach is - you guessed it - right on the beach. The beaches are wide and sandy. Main Beach near the town center has a promenade with several park benches where you can admire the view if you aren't quite up to feeling sand between your toes or taking a dip in the Pacific Ocean.
The view is so beautiful from Heisler Park, overlooking the beach and sea that you jut have to take pictures.
A wave is breaking below the Sleepy Hollow Ln. steps that lead down from the Beach House restaurant to the water.
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