Laguna Beach. What can I say about this town? Tons! Named in 1904, Laguna Beach is located on the coast in Orange County and is best known for the artist community that resides there. This is about the only place you can find art in all its mediums. From painters to jewelry makers, this town is full of creative people and galleries are everywhere. Almost everyday is a busy day in this quaint little coastal spot, but during the summer it’s absolutely crammed with people in town for the annual Sawdust Art Festival.
This is the view looking down on Laguna Beach from the Cliff Restaurant.
If you’re paying attention you can find little spots where you can see the ocean without all the people around. Tucked between the houses here is Browns Park.
One of my favorite drives along the southern California coast is a small strip that runs from the Point Mugu Naval Base to the north side of Malibu. It’s a narrow highway that runs right along the ocean and at times, right along the edge of the water itself. The ocean along this part of California is relatively calm most of the year and while gentle waves break along the shoreline you can see dolphins playing just offshore. Point Mugu is believed to be derived from the Chumash Indian word “muwu” meaning beach. It’s a treat anytime of year and more so when the sun shines. The ocean here is a brilliant teal blue color and the water just sparkles. If you are ever looking for a nice drive along the ocean, this one is for you.
The picture above was taken on August 8, 2011, from Mugu Rock and the marine layer was firmly in place that day. That is one of the biggest misnomers of the southern California coast. It isn’t always sunny at the beach. The fog rolls in at night and usually pulls back out to the ocean sometime in the afternoon.
This shot is from a sunny day this past April. The view is looking north at Mugu Rock on Point Mugu. On really clear days you can see the Channel Islands from here.
The waves crashing on the rocks at Point Mugu. This is usually as big as they get.