Sweet, Sweet Laguna

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It was with trepidation and joy that I made my first venture to Laguna Beach. But when a friend invites you to a private beach, there’s really nothing to do besides go!

Downtown Laguna is the perfect beach town. The crunchy taco shop right by RIP Curls is worth the drive alone, but a favorite shop among tourists and Laguna natives is Bonzai Bowls. This delicious stop makes huge smoothies and fruit bowls.

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Laguna’s private beach at Emerald Bay is like something you’d expect to see in movies but never actually find in real life. A couple of friends and I climbed barefoot up a mountain on the left side of the beach to find tiny wave pools and giant starfish. There’s a peacefulness there that can only be manufactured by nature– the mountainside shutting out all man-made noise. After peering from the top of the mountain at the (at least!) million dollar homes behind us, we climbed down into a little cave. Getting into the cave was all about timing–wait for the tide to drift out and swim with everything in you until reaching a sand bar, or get caught in the tide and thrown against the rocks. I suffered a little of both, but the inside of the cave was filled with seashell treasures and a sandy resting place.

With that said, you don’t need a private beach to enjoy laguna beach! It’s clean, hilly, quiet… whether you’re slurping up Bonzai Bowls or chowing down on Gina’s Pizza, Laguna Beach is worth a visit.

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