Laguna Beach: The Artists Colony

The little town of Laguna Beach is a hidden treasure.  Southern California locals know the  artistic soul you can discover in a weekend. Most of Southern California is on show, whether it’s Hollywood, Malibu or recently, the town of Santa Monica that offers beach glam to  tech billionaires of the region. The world also knows about Santa Barbara, as it was the subject of a major soap opera. But Laguna Beach is an enclave. Private, not too accessible and yes, it is not a bargain. But as a visitor, you can experience all the joy with out the price tag and enjoy the local culture.

The history of Laguna Beach is combined with the California Impressionist movement that has its roots in both Laguna Beach and the Santa Barbara coast. Consider what happened so many years ago in France when artists were beginning to understand light in the environment and  endeavored to capture it.  Painters flocked to this beach colony for the experience of painting an exploring the coastal landscape. For artists the hills and mountains all have views of the Laguna Beach Bays that are breathtaking and worthy of inspirations.

The galleries in town are filled with local artists, antiques and collectibles that makes for a nice walk around the town. The main street has been blocked from cars so the walking in the main town has improved. Taking your car out onto the highway and heading north is also a short excursion worth the views. Along the highway you’ll pass by some lovely galleries, a garden store (A California Mainstay) and some open cafes and restaurants that serve in outside garden areas.

There are touristic things to see in Laguna Beach, like the main beach. The small avenues at are filled with little shops and galleries. For surfers, there are little pockets of beaches that you can hike with your board. These are located up north as you continue up the Pacific Coast Highway.  Small beaches are hidden at the end of the roads that make it easy to hike down with your rubber hikers, then the lovely views and private sand are yours.

To visit Laguna Beach for your weekend we suggest you find your focus: Art Galleries, Walks + Hiking, Picnics, Surfing or Glamping. Don’t forget our hotels that are also in the area and you can go from casual life at LAGUNA BEACH HOUSE to the elegant luxury of the Ritz Carlton or the Montage, Laguna Beach.

Our List of Must-Have Items for your Laguna Beach Weekend to get the CALI VIBE

The List of Newly Opened Restaurants and Take-Out Keep you updated

Morning Coffee: Starbucks at Main Beach, Urth Cafe on PCH Highway

Beach Report from our Friends at OC GIRL:

Our list of Galleries and Stores to visit and enjoy the casual beach lifestyle are listed below:

Tuvalu Home * (personal favorite) Classic Beach Lifestyle
Lisa Mcdennon Design. Lisa If you love Design + Beaches = Happiness
Michelle McClendon: Handmade Luxury Hippie Jewelry
The Flower Stand:
Get your Yoga On:
Jewelry Beach Style: Neck Candy: @candacehurleyneckcandy Instagram