Since I’ve lived in California, Laguna Beach has always been my favorite beach town.
That could possibly be because the O.C. was and will be my favorite TV show forever. And yes, I even had an O.C. themed sweet sixteen birthday party in Texas. You know the obsession is real.
Anyways….Laguna is the absolute best beach city in Socal hands down.
When I visited in high school it was all about spotting local celebs like Lauren Conrad and Lo Bosworth, now both amazing bloggers btw, but now I’m more grown up (although I would probs pee my pants if I met those girls!)
There are so many yummy places for drinks and snacks. One of my favs is The Deck. It’s super hidden off the main road, down Sleepy Hollow Lane (YES! TRUE!) and down a couple flights of stairs. BOOM! Then you’re overlooking the ocean having a peach vodka lemonade and homemade guac. Delish!
Laguna Beach is a HUGE art town! Growing up with my mother as an artist, things like this have always stood out to me. There are local galleries on every corner and every summer there’s a massive art festival throughout the area, Pageant of the Masters being the best part. And HEY, you can even bring in your own wine and apps! It’s an UNREAL show that words can hardly explain but the website sums it up pretty nicely…
A ninety-minute stage show of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers
It was a blast taking my boyfriend for the first time and seeing the show for the second time with my mom (but it’s different every year!)
Next time you’re in the OC, pack those binoculars (or rent them there for $10) and make sure to check out all these hidden gems. But the Pageant runs only one month out of the summer so GO GO GO!