Laguna Beach is one of the world’s most famous resort and luxury home communities, on one of the world’s most magnificent coastlines. Laguna Beach’s gorgeous Pacific coast features pristine coves, white sand beaches, and breathtaking cliffs. This outstanding scenic beauty has made Laguna an art colony of great renown. Laguna Beach is an artful place to live with an eclectic and appealing mix of styles and communities. This Orange County city also boasts an incredible school district. Laguna Beach School District has high-quality teachers and small class sizes in public schools with private school education standards.
Laguna Beach’s eclectic and enchanting real estate mix includes stunning cliff top mansions, quaint coastal cottages, ocean-view single-family homes, and luxury properties in private gated communities.
This captivating destination combines bohemian beachfront living with chic upscale appeal. With exceptional scenery, great restaurants, and excellent schools, most people find Laguna Beach is a place they never want to leave.
Laguna Beach features a huge variety of one-of-a-kind boutiques, surf shops, art galleries, and outstanding restaurants. The main downtown area runs between Broadway Street and Legion Street to the north of the beachfront and the South Coast Highway. Lumberyard is a casual but stylish downtown eatery serving an eclectic menu of land and sea specialties.
Highlights include half-pound Angus chuck cheeseburgers, housemade pasta dishes, king salmon with soy-mustard glaze, parmesan-crusted sole filet, 10oz filet mignon, BBQ baby back ribs, and hearty salads. Nirvana Grille on Broadway Street offers innovative coastal Californian cuisine in an inviting setting with a rooftop patio. The seasonal fare at Nirvana Grille is prepared using fresh and sustainable local ingredients. The menu features seafood delights such as blackened seafood di mare and basil aioli roasted steelhead salmon, meaty dishes including filet mignon beef stroganoff, and a variety of small plates and vegan options.
Many more restaurants can be found close to the ocean along the South Coast Highway. Starfish is a chic destination for Asian cuisine and impressive drinks. Starfish’s extensive menu spans 90 items, with diverse dishes celebrating the coastal cuisine of Thailand, Vietnam, China, Korea, and Japan. Starfish’s drinks program is just as impressive, taking in Californian and European wines, local craft beers, Ty-Ku sake, exotic martinis, and creative cocktails. Wine Gallery pairs a lengthy curated selection of limited edition global wines with delicious wood-fired meals and small plates. Food menu favorites include flatiron steak with hand-cut herbed frites, pizzas crisped to perfection, oven-roasted meatballs, and charcuterie platters.
Wine Gallery offers a daily happy hour with $2 off all wine glasses and regular live music nights. Along Laguna Canyon Road in the northern part of Laguna Beach, Oliver’s Osteria is a traditional Italian restaurant showcasing the authentic cuisine of Italy’s Emilia Romagna region. The adjacent Laguna Beach Beer Company pairs artisanal flatbreads and sandwiches with excellent ales.
Laguna Beach boasts awesome white sand beaches along the magnificent Pacific coast. Crescent Bay is a beautiful quarter-mile cove with rocky tide pools and two off-shore scuba diving areas. The scuba diving spot of Seal Rock at Crescent Bay is named for the seals that are often seen resting on top of it. Atop the bluffs at Crescent Bay’s western edge, Crescent Bay Point Park offers panoramic views over the ocean and tide pools.
The gentle waves of the Thalia Street Beach surf break make it an ideal spot for novice surfers. Just south of Thalia Street Beach, Anita Street Beach is a secluded sandy stretch perfect for romantic oceanfront relaxation. Peaceful Pearl Street Beach features a striking sandstone arch and a blowhole offering daring swimmers an underwater swim-through to the ocean. Descend the steep staircase at Thousand Steps Beach to explore caves, rock tunnels, and tide pools. Thousand Steps Beach also offers beach volleyball courts. Table Rock Beach is a hidden cove with dramatic waves and a rock arch. Shaw’s Cove is a local favorite for swimming, bodyboarding, scuba diving, snorkeling, and exploring tide pools. The scenic blufftop greenspace of Heisler Park features walking trails, gardens, picnic and barbecue areas, lawn bowling greens, and popular wedding sites.
Laguna Beach is served by the Laguna Beach Unified School District.
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