Laguna Beach is located in Orange County, California. It has a sunny, mild year round climate and beautiful beaches. These things make it a very popular spot to visit. In fact, tourism is its primary industry.
Laguna Beach has many beaches. Some are large and well-known. Others are small and isolated. No matter how large or small, or crowded or out of the way, the following beaches are all public.
- Agate Street Beach
- Aliso Beach
- Bluebird Beach
- Boat Canyon Beach
- Brooks Street Beach
- Christmas Cove
- Cleo Street Beach
- Crescent Bay Beach
- Cress Street Beach
- Crystal Cove State Park
- Diver’s Cove
- Goff Cove
- Main Beach
- Moss Point
- Mountain Street Beach
- Oak Street Beach
- Pearl Street Beach
- Picnic Beach
- St. Ann’s Beach
- Thalia Street Beach
- 1000 Steps Beach
- Tide Pools
- Totuava Beach
- Treasure Island Beach
- Victoria Beach
- West Street Beach
- Wood’s Cove
Three Arch Bay and Irvine Cove are two other beaches in Laguna Beach. However, they aren’t public. They’re in private, gated communities.
When you want something to do other than go to the beach, Laguna Beach has many options.
Shopping here is all about fashion and art. Oftentimes, Laguna Beach fashion can be considered art.
Whale watching is exceptional with year round opportunities to see whales and other marine mammals. View giant blue whales in the summer and fall, and gray whales in winter and spring. Plus, find finbacks, minkes, humpbacks, and many species of dolphins year round.
Fun Fact: The dolphin population off Laguna’s coastline exceeds that of Florida, Hawaii and the Caribbean combined!
Concerts, Dance Festivals and Art Fairs
Monthly Art Walk — Take a free art walk on the first Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
Festival of Arts – Every July and August over 100 artists participate in this juried fine art show. In addition to the show, you enjoy art workshops, tours, entertainment and a variety of other special events.
Laguna Craft Guild – Bi-monthly Sunday art shows are held from September through June at the Main Beach cobblestones.
Sawdust Art Festival – This festival was selected “Best Art Festival” by OC Weekly. It runs every summer with seasonal events held throughout the year.
Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy – This holiday event is held every year from mid-November to mid-December.
Plein Air Painting Invitational – 50 of the country’s best plein air artists compete here each October.
Art-A-Fair – This annual summer fair features 120 international, jury-selected artists and master craftsmen.
Jazz Wednesdays – Held every other Wednesday from June to early-September at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. These jazz concerts feature world-class musicians, and cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Live! At the Museum – On the second Thursday of every month, Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum present evenings of art and music. Concerts are free with museum admission.
Sunset Serenades – Free concerts held every Friday evening at Heisler Park Rockpile Amphitheater in May and September.
Reggae Night at Sandpiper – Every Thursday night at Sandpiper Lounge.
Saturday Morning Jazz Jam – Every Saturday morning at Laguna Coffee Company.
Laguna Dance Festival – See the Laguna Dance Festival every year in September.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin