"LAGUNA BEACH" Laguna Beach by karina888
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Located in Southern California, USA , Laguna Beach is about half way between Los Angeles and San Diego along the Pacific Ocean coastline. Our community is nestled between the coastal hills and the rocky coves in the south most areas of Orange County.
Laguna Beach was first occupied by an Indian tribe named the Ute-Aztecas (later the Shoshones). The Native tribe named the area Lagonas, their word for lakes. When the Spaniards arrived they applied the name Canada de las Lagunas (Canyon of the Lakes). And in 1904, the name of the area was officially changed from Lagonas to Laguna Beach.
In 1932 the Festival of Arts opened with a stage and booths at a location near the Hotel Laguna. Ten years later the Irvine Bowl was dedicated and the festival grew to become the world-renowned Pageant of the Masters.
Following the artists came the Hollywood film makers who found Laguna to be every bit as appealing on the silver screen as it was painted on canvas. Many of Hollywood’s famous stars like Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Rooney maintained homes in Laguna Beach. These early Hollywood folks founded the Laguna Playhouse in 1920. The Laguna Playhouse is the oldest continuously operating theatre company on the west coast.
- Pros:One of the best places to see art on the west coast!
- In a nutshell:If you love the arts and the beach, this colorful community will warmly welcome you!
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