Introduction to Laguna Beach, California
Laguna Beach, California, in Orange County, is 4 miles W of Laguna Niguel, California (center to center) and 14 miles S of Santa Ana, California. The city is included in the Orange County metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 23,727 people lived in Laguna Beach.
Laguna Beach History
Local Indians were the first to call the rich coastal lands and freshwater canyon lakes of the Laguna Beach area their homeland. They called the place 'Lagonas', meaning 'Lake'. By the late 1800s, visitors had started arriving through the canyons to camp at the Laguna Beach. Eugene Salter was the first American to settle in South Laguna in 1871. The place quickly became a popular tourist haunt and the famous painter, Norman St. Claire was a regular visitor to this place. By the 1960s, the Main Beach boardwalk had been transformed into an open public beach park. In this decade, Laguna Beach gained a lot of popularity as an art colony.
Laguna Beach and nearby Attractions
- Laguna Beach Branch Orange County Public Library
- Laguna Museum of Art
- Festival of the Arts Amphitheater
- Coast Royale Beach
- Aliso Creek Golf Course
- Aliso Pier
Things To Do In Laguna Beach
The seaside resort and artistic community of Laguna Beach has a rich history that is reflected in the memorial buildings around the city. To learn more about the arts and culture of this place, one can take a tour of the various museums and amphitheaters. Being a popular seaside destination, Laguna Beach has a number of beautiful beaches like the Aliso Beach, the Coast Royale Beach, the Main Beach, the Victoria Beach and the Arch Beach. Sports enthusiasts can try out a game of golf in the city's Aliso Creek Golf Course. There are also a number of magnificent churches dotting the city's streets. One can also visit the amusement parks that offer fun rides and are ideal for picnics with family and friends. Additionally, the city is also famous for its art festivals that include the Pageant of the Masters, the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival, and the Art-a-Fair.
Laguna Beach Transportation
Air transportation is available from John Wayne Airport-Orange County.
Laguna Beach Higher Education
Orange Coast College serves the area.