Laguna Beach, located in Orange County, is about 60 miles and two hours from Culver City. My friend Maria Kurtz has some of her beautiful paintings hanging at the Quorum Art Gallery on the historic gallery row. She needed to check in on Wednesday so I went along for the ride. Her husband did the driving so that was perfect for me!
As we walked back to the car we passed this store with colorful pots.
After visiting the gallery we ate lunch in the outdoor patio at GG’s Bistro. As I enjoyed my seafood salad (calamari, salmon, shrimp) I was reminded of my trip to Italy some years previously. I was so relaxed I was feeling like I was on vacation in some exotic location instead of a short drive on the 405 freeway.
Like every other area in Southern California, Laguna Beach is getting to the point where there are too many houses, too many people and too much traffic.
After lunch we went for a walk along the beachside park.
Of course I couldn’t stop taking photos.
The prickly pear cactus were enjoying the ocean view. And their flowers were showing off too.
It was a spectacular April day in Southern California.
As we were walking along I kept using the word “amazing.”
Laguna Beach is known for its artist community. You can understand the attraction when you see the marvelous views.
Some of the views reminded of my visit to the Oregon Coast last year.
I love the ocean and can’t enough of it. For the most part I’ve always lived a short distance from the sea. I just need to know I can get there quickly when I need an ocean fix!
Tourism is the primary industry with approximately three million people visiting annually.
According to Wikipedia “The scenic beauty of the isolated coastline and hills attracted plein-air painters in the early 1900s. William Wendt, Frank Cuprien, and Edgar Payne among others settled there and formed the Laguna Beach Art Association.”
Laguna’s coastline is 7 mi (11 km) long and includes 27 beaches and coves.
I could imagine sitting here for a few hours absorbing the view. Well, not really as I can’t sit still for very long!
If I was on a longer visit I wouldn’t mind joining that couple out on the rocks feeling the surf breaking.
Laguna Beach was the southern California epicenter of ‘alternative’ culture in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Timothy Leary lived here.
A reminder that what we do inland goes into the storm drains and affects the ocean.
Laguna Beach has a mild Mediterranean climate with abundant sunshine all year. Succulents love living here!
Laguna Beach has a history of environmental stewardship and historic preservation. Laguna Beach is the only Orange County city protected by a dedicated greenbelt inland and bluebelt seaward.
Click on one of the photos below for a slide show of way too many photos!!!
I wish there was a Magic Carpet that would take me back here some day soon. But unfortunately as far as I can figure out I will have to drive the 405 freeway. I’ve done the drive before. The last time another driver took out my rear bumper. But I don’t hold that against Laguna Beach!
Although we had only been there a few hours on one day, on the way home I felt like I had been on a week-long cruise through the Mediterranean.
A big thank you to Wikipedia for the information.
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