Laguna Beach derives its name from the local Indians who, in the early 1800’s lived off the rich coastal lands and freshwater canyon lakes that made up the area. Thus the area was named Lagonas, for ‘lake.'
By the late 1800s, visitors were making annual trips through the canyons to camp at Laguna Beach in the summer months.
The town is well known as an “Artists Colony” and for good reason. When painter Norman St. Claire visited from San Francisco in 1903 Laguna was already a popular tourist destination complete with a hotel, the Hotel Laguna. Mr. St.Claire loved the area and painted numerous landscapes. Upon his return home he shared his new found love with friends and other artists. Soon many great artists such as William Wendt and Frank Cuprien moved there.
It didn’t take long before Laguna Beach had a permanent population of about 300 people, about half of which were artists.
Over the years many famous people have visited and acquired property in Laguna Beach such as: Hollywood stars like Bette Davis, Mary Pickford, Judy Garland, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Rooney, and Ozzie & Harriet Nelson.
In 1948 the Surf and Sand restaurant was opened and became home to famous folks such as: Peter Ustinov, Joe Namath and Billy Graham.
Today, Laguna Beach has become a full-fledged resort town with its newest addition the Montage Laguna Beach. There is much to see and do here. Stroll the beach and explore the many tide pools. Have a picnic in the park. Shop to your heart’s content in one of the many eclectic shops. Once the afternoon comes to an end, enjoy a sunset unlike any other!
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