there are many homeless people. also, many people have lived here for a long time and are struggling. It's not all RICH! there are public restrooms all over. nice, and clean, but the homeless are all over. No high end stores or 3 star french restaurants. the ritz and st. regis are in laguna nigel. mostly artists here. all hotels are majorly expensive too.
Unique Suggestions: do not go to the pageant of the masters. what a charade and rip off.
Fun Alternatives: the art shows, esp. in summer. first thursdays art walk where you can meet the artists and locals.
The Laguna Art Museum---I love art but for $10.00 a head to get into this place is sure not worth it. Part of the art that was on exhibit at the time was modern and it was terrible I thought. But what really got me and was on display in the middle of the museum in the middle of the floor was a enclosed exhibit. Upon looking into this exhibit, displayed, was either fiberglass or metal, exact copies of turds. Yep, dog like turds. Give me a break. My wife and I went there spent all of 20 minutes and for $20.00 it was the biggest and only ripoff I experienced in Laguna Beach. Great town, great art at the galleries, but sorry, looking at turds is not my idea of a enjoyable time.
Please don't! I was reading online about a person who is so offended by MTV's reality show, "Laguna Beach : The Real Orange County" that he stated he would never come here to see in person. This is really sad commentary! OK people, don't take this silly reality shows on TRUE real places to heart. MTV's version of Laguna Beach severely lacks to show the more understated part about the town, definitely not hinting of modest-looking and salried people here. Also, a major part of Laguna- the artistic and gay community is not shown. I understand the show as still a micro-glimpse into a segment that is glamorous for the cameras. Not everyone is filthy rich, egotistical and "plastic" pretty. Those of average looks and the hard working middle class dominate here. Surely, it is irresponsible to call this show the "Real Orange County"
Unique Suggestions: Just walk around this place and you will understand what I mean.