The second oldest city in Orange County, Laguna Beach boasts vast expanses of breathtakingly beautiful, sandy beach that can only be found in Southern California. A relaxing getaway destination for surfers, art enthusiasts, nature lovers, and beachgoers, Laguna Beach offers premier shopping and dining, a art galleries, and seven miles of coastal beauty. Laguna Beach's renowned attractions include Crystal Cove, Laguna Beach Art Tours, Thalia Street, and the Laguna Playhouse - the oldest operating playhouse on the West Coast. Experience the ultimate in Southern California beach culture!
Laguna Beach History
Laguna Beach has a rich history as a city where artists find solace in the beauty of its surroundings and support in their craft. Founded in 1887, this seaside city became a haven for landscape artists in the 1920's and the arts community has thrived in the encouraging atmosphere. This commitment to artistry gave rise to many artistic endeavors that are unique to Laguna Beach. The Festival of Arts first took place in 1932 and was meant to inspire awareness and appreciation of art and local artists. The Festival of Arts gave way to The Pageant of the Masters, an event known for its tableaux vivant or "living pictures" depicting recreations of famous works of art using real people. This event has become a staple of the Laguna Beach area since its inception in 1933 and plays to a sellout crowd every summer. The 1960's and early 70's saw Laguna Beach rise as the epicenter of alternative culture in Southern California, which eventually led to the founding of the Laguna College of Art & Design and the annaul Sawdust Festival every summer. Laguna Beach continues to thrive today as a lively artist community and tourist destination.
Explore Laguna Beach
The culturally curious, artistically inclined, and nature nurturers will find something to astound in Laguna Beach. Whether a walk on Main Beach, lunch at Las Brisas, or a day at the Festival of Arts or the Laguna Art Museum, your Laguna Beach vacation is sure to leave a lasting impression. Complement your vacation with a stay at Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods. Enjoy all that Laguna Beach has to offer, then escape the crowds at our boutique hotel just minutes away. Nothing says "getaway" like sun soaked beaches by day and an Ayres Dream Sleeper bed at night!