Laguna Beach is one of southern California's most beautiful towns. It is unique in that it is surrounded by sharp hills and canyons that rise quickly from the ocean. There are great coves to sun bath and swim in. Wonderful art galleries to explore. When you get hungry, there are many wonderful restaurants to choose from.
However, with all these attractions Laguna attracts large numbers of visitors who have to search for parking. I am a local resident and have frequently seen visitors' day in Laguna by returning to their car only to find it ticketed.
Laguna has an aggressive policy of enforcing parking meters. It can be 8am on a quiet Sunday morning and you will see the parking enforcement staff quickly ticketing cars whose owners may have just gone for an early walk on the beach. Throughout the day parking meters are monitored aggressively. Parking tickets are one of the major funding sources for Laguna.
Be careful and make sure you are parking completely "within the lines" of your parking space. Laguna is also aggressive in enforcing the concept of parking "within the lines". A bumper hanging over the parking space line can get you a ticket - even after you have fed the meter. In the city's parking garage don't pull in at an angle with a tire over the edge of the parking space lines - you will get a ticket.
Reading the two free news papers in Laguna, you will see letters to the papers stating how frustrating parking enforcement is in Laguna. You will read about how a family's day at the beach was spoiled by parking enforcement tickets
Come and enjoy the town and all the wonderful attractions. Just be careful and don't let a parking ticket ruin your day!