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Laguna Beach Travel Guide: 210 reviews and 391 photos

Then and Now: Laguna Beach is still beautiful

My impressions of Laguna Beach are as diverse as its history.
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Originated around 1900 as an artist colony,

my first encounter with Laguna Beach was in the 60s.

In mid-sixties it was perceived by people from Colorado / elsewhere as an artist, surfing, and "hippie-acid" enclave. .

I ran away and spent a few months living there.
(see Nick Schou's book "Orange Sunshine")

Occasionally a few people turn up their noses whenever Laguna is mentioned
and the worn out smear - "yuppie" - pops out -
(? ... You be the judge)


I recently got a chance to visit old haunts,
and I personally enjoyed my time in Laguna Beach very much.

Like all places, Laguna Beach has it's mostly good & a few bad points,
but I always look forward to each visit,
if for nothing else than the natural beauty & nostalgia.

I apologize, but most of my "to do" tips revolve around simply walking and enjoying the beach....
I can't seem to make myself do much of anything else whenever I'm there....

"HHaaaalloooOOOOOO! ... Are you alive?!"

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Walking the "Laguna-unique" cliffs & beaches, sunsets, vistas, good restaurants, hotels and clubs
  • Cons:Gentrified, expensive, crowded at times (especially during weekend art festivals)
  • In a nutshell:Take it for what it is and enjoy it. I think Laguna Beach is beautiful.
  • Last visit to Laguna Beach: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated Aug 31, 2014
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  • davequ's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Actually I talked to Seven4One's new owner (Dan) and it seems like they're really into making it a quality experience. I miss Eiler's too, (especially it's affordability) but to each his own (y/n)?

  • Oct 9, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    I see Eiler's Inn turned into a modernistic, pricey place. It doesn't look like somewhere I'd like to stay. I loved Eiler's Inn and Linda and Chaz. They were very warm people. This place is too futuristic, cold and doesn't belong in Laguna Beach.

  • Apr 6, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    We love going to the Royal Hawaiian! Friendly service - OK food and decent Tiki drinks.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2007 at 4:33 AM

    Laguna beach is a lovely area. Thanks for sharing all the excellent info and photos

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2006 at 11:16 AM

    Outstanding pages on Laguna Beach - enough to make me homesick for CA - will return again. Ciao, Carol

  • pigletsmom's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2005 at 9:15 PM

    Lovely page on Laguna Beach. Very nice.

  • vacationDude's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2005 at 7:40 PM

    dave: thanx for all the info. i will be in laguna this april and will use a lot of your information.

  • belgianchocolate's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2005 at 8:53 PM

    I would love to be in a place like this right now...sun , beach , great sunsets and restaurants...just dreaming a bit in cold cold Belgium.

  • Dec 25, 2004 at 1:08 AM

    Would run away from home too to spot such gorgeous sunsets at the beach!! Great Photographic scenerys and page Dave!! Happy Holidays:-)

  • cazz38's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2004 at 1:26 PM

    Seafood and a glass of wine watching the sunset,sounds like heaven to me,your pictures are stunning.

davequ Used To Live Here!


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