Driving in along Laguna Canyon Road from the I–405 freeway gives you the chance to cruise through a gorgeous coastal canyon, large stretches of which remain undeveloped, before arriving at a glistening wedge of ocean.
Laguna’s welcome mat is legendary. On the corner of Forest and Park avenues is a gate proclaiming, "This gate hangs well and hinders none, refresh and rest, then travel on." A gay community has long been established here; art galleries dot the village streets, and there’s usually someone daubing up in Heisler Park. Along the Pacific Coast Highway you’ll find dozens of clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, and cafés.