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“Must see - Pageant of the Masters **UNBELIEVABLE- Must See**” 5 of 5 stars
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Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, CA
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Ranked #4 of 29 activities in Laguna Beach
Type: Beaches
Activities: Shopping, Surfing
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Owner description: Popular surfing and bodysurfing beach.
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“Must see - Pageant of the Masters **UNBELIEVABLE- Must See**”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

This event only takes place once a year during the summer and to me it's once in a lifetime experience. According to the locals, there is nothing like this anywhere else in the World. This is a very popular tradition in Laguna Beach and has been presented for 80 years.

During the show, real-life people stand-still to recreate famous paintings, movie scenes and works of art. The people that recreate these scenes are volunteers (not professional actors). The theme changes every year. If you are lucky enough to be in town (or plan to) make sure you get our tickets. This show defies imagination. This is one of those things that you have to see it to believe.

Some useful tips:

- Bring binoculars even if sitting close to the stage, so you can appreciate the details (they also rent binoculars at the venue for $10). This is specially important and the further from the stage you are the bigger the need to bring binoculars.
- Wear warm clothes and closed toe shoes as it gets chilly at night time. Some families would bring blankets and share to keep warm.
- Get there early and buy tickets in advance. They sell-out pretty quickly.

Visited August 2013
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“The Beach”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Don't go to the beach at Laguna Beach! Just come back from a holiday there and I don't know what the local authority is playing at, but the beach is piled up with stinking, rotting piles of seaweed covered in blowflies. It is absolutely vile and has completely ruined what was once their best attraction. Why don't they clean it up?

Visited July 2013
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Laguna Beach, California, United States
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“Great beach town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Laguna has wonderful beaches, great restaurants, beautiful views, fabulous art and is easy to get around. Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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Laguna Beach, California
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“Favorite S. CA beach town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

I live here and it's still my favorite townm what a dellight to come home to. We often have some overcast weather in June and July. Sept. & Oct. are my favorite months. But summer (July to Labor Day) has three art festivals, plus the "Pagent of the Masters" (check out online before you visit). Small town has good restruants, art galleries, a very nice art museum specializing in California Art, shopes and botiques. The beaches are all public, some beaches better for surfing, some for diving, but all good for playing. During the summer months, (high tourist season & heavy traffic congestion) the city provides a free tram service to festivals and most hotels.

Visited September 2012
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Santa Monica, California, United States
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“Beautiful Beachs in Laguna”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Laguna Beach is a natural rocky, sandy beach with lots of tide pools and crystal clear water to enjoy, since there is a lot of beach to enjoy, you can find private coves where you don't have to share with crowds,..the beach is very different from beaches in Santa Monica or Venice, as it is a rocky natural beach. Rock formations off the coast can be dangerous so be careful when you swim or surf. There are plenty of stores and restaurants, lots of boutiques with one of a kind finds. Parking can be a nightmare so I recommend on summer weekends going early in the morning. Hotels fill up on the weekends too. Laguna has a huge dog park for your dogs off Laguna Canyon Road, so they can burn of energy....most restaurants plus a nice selection of hotels do take dogs. I recommend The Art Hotel, no charge to have your dogs. Laguna Beach has an amazing selection of art galleries and art events, if you love art this is definitely the place for you. The Laguna Coast Wilderness is located in some of the last remaining coastal canyons in Southern California. This is a beautiful place with plenty of hiking trails, in the winter the water brings the streams to life...so if you need to relax and get away, this is a very unique location that has something to do for everyone.

Visited August 2013
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