Driving in along Laguna Canyon Road from the Interstate 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. There are 30 coves and beaches to visit, all with some of the cleanest water in Southern California. During the summer, there's a convenient and free trolley service through town that cruises from North Laguna to Main Beach and all the way to the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel.
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 a plein air on the bluff in Heisler Park. Along the Pacific Coast Highway you’ll find dozens of clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, and cafés.