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“Overated, hyped up dirty beach.” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach
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Owner description: Popular surfing and bodysurfing beach.
London, United Kingdom
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“Overated, hyped up dirty beach.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

After driving to California all the way from Vegas, we were really looking forward to going to Laguna beach.

It was such a disappointment! There were piles of seaweed all along the coastline with flies buzzing around it - making it i! There were other sea 'creatures' trapped within the huge mounds of seaweed. Water was freezing cold at 1pm. Sunbathing was ok for 20mins until some pigeons and even bigger birds were near us eating the rubbish other people had left. Plenty of other pigeons on rooftops near beach - we couldn't relax so left to visit shops. Nothing really worth buying. Should mention we parked on a little side street near the coast - free parking.

I would seriously not recommend going to this beach as it was quite dirty with rubbish / food / empty wrappers everywhere and we couldn't relax due to the amount of birds on the beach. Go to Santa Monica beach - much cleaner!

Visited August 2013
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“Must see - Pageant of the Masters **UNBELIEVABLE- Must See**”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 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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Bath, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“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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