The first thing I did when I arrived in California was head to a beach! We don’t have a lot of beaches in Canada so an opportunity to see a beach anytime is rarely turned down.
The closest beach to us was Laguna Beach. So that’s where we went.
I had no expectations. After not seeing a beach in years, I just wanted to be on one.
It was about sunset time so it was also the perfect time to head out for some sunset photos.
The only problem was it was a cloudy evening, but there was enough light to capture some neat pictures.
My first photo ever taken at a beach in California!
Laguna beach isn’t the coolest beach in the world, it’s actually not that great when you compare it to some of the beaches I’ve been to in Bali and Thailand. But it’s been so long since I beached it up I felt like I was in Disneyland during my time here.
The Laguna Beach Vibe
The atmosphere at Laguna beach was really really relaxed. There were not many people around. The beach itself isn’t very big. You could walk across it in maybe 20 minutes.
There were people scattered all around, sitting, walking, and just being around.
I liked the chillness of it. Beaches aren’t particularly popular mid may, which is when I visited Laguna, and I’m sure it gets much busier in the summer time. But I really really enjoyed the relaxed vibe of Laguna.
Laguna beach felt like a small town beach. Which I suppose makes sense. Since Laguna itself is a small town.
We climbed down the stairs and headed towards the rocks. It seemed like most of the people were chilling out there.
There were a small bunch of people, taking photos, looking for critters under rocks, and waiting for the sun to set.
I have no clue what this stuff is growing on the rocks, but they’re everywhere!
Walking Laguna Beach
We eventually got off the rocks and began walking the beach.
Laguna Beach is relatively small.
It’s beach line isn’t overly long and you can walk it fairly quickly. I think it took maybe 20 minutes. I can’t really even remember because I was just enjoying walking on a beach – something I rarely get a chance to do.
And to make it more awesome, the weather was just incredible. It was simply warm. No bugs really (lots of mosquitos in Canada which I HATE), and no wind.
The sand grains are small and soft. Perfect for walking.
I found this random work of art. It was painted on top of a big chunk of cement. I’m just going to assume it was once part of a building that was beach side which has since been destroyed.
As we kept walking the beach, we had to loop around to get back to our car.
Instead of walking along the beach again, we decided to walk the street to get a different look at Laguna.
The Streets Beside Laguna Beach
I didn’t get any shots of the streets unfortunately. I guess I wasn’t being a good travel blogger haha.
But the street also had a chill relaxed vibe.
There were more people around it seemed. It felt a little livelier than the beach. There are restaurants along the street where many people were dining in.
You will also find many expensive cars driving by, as well as young and old people going about their daily lives.
Laguna is sloped a little I guess, cause walking along the beach line on the street was an uphill gig.
The above is probably my favorite picture I took of Laguna Beach. It perfectly describes how I felt. Relaxed, chilled, and a great way to wind down your evening to a beach sunset.
So back to walking along the streets, we found several “pier” points where you could check out the beach.
This one below is the entry point to my favorite one.
From this viewpoint, I was able to get a few cool shots I wouldn’t have gotten from the ground.
I have this thing of taking photographs of people taking photographs. Call me weird. Anyway, he stood there in that pose for minutes. I applaud his leg strength.
The sun was really starting to set and it was getting darker quickly.
There was a man (I think it was a man) canoeing still. I love him. He gave me a subject to make this sunset photo a little better than a regular sunset.
He was really far into the distance and I had to zoom in all the way with about a 200mm zoom to get this shot.
To give you an idea of how dark it was, the photo above was taken with my iphone 7. No touch up or light was added. You can tell the picture is fairly grainy because there wasn’t much light to give the photo the crispness it deserves.
I found a couple (I’m gonna guess they are a couple) sitting on an inflatable couch watching the sun set. Super romantic! Note taken :).
We continued walking the street back towards our car.
The main area of Laguna beach was the busiest – not surprisingly.
There were many people walking their dogs, sitting and eating, walking around, and just enjoying life I guess.
My favorite shot of this area is facing the waters. It really describes what a sunset at Laguna would feel like. Basically, relaxed and chilled. Something to enjoy after a hard day at work or to sit quietly and contemplate life, or to enjoy something pleasant with a friend.
There aren’t really any monuments here, but the Laguna Beach Lifeguard house is the most prominent “monument” here.
And the last photo I want to share is this one above.
It’s a street view of Laguna Beach, in the most central area of Laguna.
I want to point out the houses on the hill above. These waterfront homes are amazing and reminded me the Italian Riviera, one of the most beautiful stretches of oceanfront properties I’ve ever seen.
Do I Recommend Laguna Beach?
Absolutely I do!
If you want a place to getaway for awhile then head here. It’s less busy than every other beach I visited during my time in California.
It felt friendlier and a little more personal than some of the big beaches I visited, where it was much louder and more crazy I suppose.
I also think it would be a great place to stay for a few days or a week, or to make it your home base as you explore around southern Cali.
You can check out www.visitlagunabeach.com to learn more about the Laguna area and to check out places to stay!
Where Is Laguna Beach Located?
You can find Laguna Beach (and Laguna city) in Orange Country California.
It’s on the coastline in between Dana point beach and Newport Beach.
Click here to see where it is on Google Maps.
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