Laguna Beach

December 29, 2013

This affluent seaside resort city is between one hour drive from Los Angeles and it is know for its mild year-round climate, scenic beaches and coves, and artist community.

Many wealthy and progressive people have made Laguna Beach their home and added to the local culture.

The adventurer Richard Halliburton built his Hangover House on the slopes of South Laguna 

Richard Halliburton is best known today for having swum the length of the Panama Canal and paying the lowest toll in its history - 36 cents 

Due to its proximity to Hollywood, Laguna also became a favorite filming location. Starting in 1913, dozens of silent films were made at local coves with Harold Lloyd, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and others

South Coast Hwy

Laguna Beach was the southern California epicenter of 'alternative' culture in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Panno Plaza

In 1967, founding members of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love relocated to Laguna Beach. They were dubbed the Hippie Mafia and produced and distributed drugs in hopes of starting a "psychedelic revolution" in the United States.

Panno Plaza

Heisler Park is perhaps the main attraction in Laguna Beach.

Heisler Park

This is a place where couples marry, artists paint and everyone comes to walk and enjoy the gorgeous views of the ocean and beaches.

If you start at the top, the park is very lush, green and fresh.

There are colorful blooming flowers everywhere sending out their wonderful fragrances.

The well maintained walking path features many scenic lookout points to stop and enjoy along the way.

There are lots of benches where you could sit and enjoy the ocean breeze.

There are also stairs along the path that will take you down to the beach below the cliff.

If you walk down far enough, there are some tide pools you can explore.

They are pretty easy to navigate, so little ones would have fun over here and parents won't have a heart attack watching them.