There used to be a show on MTV called Laguna Beach and I always wondered what this place was like. I never watched the show (it's first episode was in 2004!), but it's popularity definitely got me to notice the name.
So off I went to this beach town to explore before summer officially ended. I heard parking was a bit tricky on the weekends, so I went on a Monday afternoon. I am not a big fan of driving around in circles looking for a parking spot :)
There was plenty of metered parking for $1.50/hr. along Pacific Coast Highway, but be warned that the max is 3 hours. Even the parking garage was a max of 3 hours, so if you are planning on spending the entire day it's best to take one of the free trolleys.
Treasure Island is gorgeous and the seagulls were surprisingly friendly. I was sitting on a rock and this one seagull didn't mind at all being right next to me. And I love how the beaches in California have rock formations. Another California hot spot with amazing rock formations is El Matador State Beach in Malibu, CA.
If you plan on making a trip to this beautiful beach town, check out this blog post, "Laguna Beach without a car, Tour #1 : The "Hidden" City". It has a great itinerary of how to spend your day beach hopping around Laguna.
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