I discovered Laguna Beach about 13 years ago when InStyle did a cover story with Charlize Theron at the then brand new Montage Hotel, and I’ve been going back ever since. Located in Orange County, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, this gem of a beach town makes for an easy weekend getaway.
In the early 1900s, the area was accessible only by a winding canyon road but was still a favorite locale for silent filmmakers and Plein Air painters who loved its rolling hills, endless sunshine, rugged coastline and turquoise waters.
In the 1960s, Laguna became a bohemian community where surfers and hippies mingled with artists and writers. In more recent years, since the opening of some of the finest resort hotels in the state, the area has also become a bit of a playground for well heeled tourists from all over the world.
Here are some or my favorite places to stay, eat, and shop as well as a few great things not to miss!
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