Here we go again. Our last day in Orange County. We are heading south on the Pacific Coast Highway towards Laguna Beach today.
We drive past Crystal Cove State Park with the first really good vista of the ocean laid out in front of us, and I know we are close.
There are so many places we haven’t made it to over the last several days of our visit, but we knew that we could not leave without paying our respects to Laguna Beach.
Laguna Beach is the second oldest city in Orange County, a seaside artist’s community that has evolved in to a mix of tony upscale shops, restaurants, and museums, to guys playing a game of pick up basketball alongside the volley ball players on the beach.
We had lunch at Las Brisas, an incredible restaurant high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific. A place with special memories for me of happy times with special people in my life. We had a bit of a wait, but no matter, we wandered about outside admiring the spectacular view.
After lunch we wandered down to the main street (the PCH that winds through downtown) and peaked in to shops and lanes between buildings.
It was a warm, sunny day, and we stopped by the Hotel Laguna’s Terrace Cafe for a wine spritzer to cool off, rest, and enjoy more of that view that you just can’t get enough of. The Terrace Cafe is ocean side and pretty darn nice to hang out at for a meal or just a drink.
The day in Laguna Beach was a wonderful way to say “until next time”.
Photo Credits: Personal photos 5/2011
Sometimes I wonder why I left California. Those photos are beautiful. I never got the chance to see the Southern part except L.A. which doesn’t look like the shots I’m seeing right now. Wow to the beach, sun and endless fun. I’ve been in Texas for almost 5 years, it has certain charms of its own. It doesn’t have the gorgeous beaches of Cali but it does has a lot of wonderful natural parks and they were right when they said everything is big in Texas including the hospitable and generous hearts of most of it’s residents. Kemah and Galveston beach are the nearest places I can be close to the ocean in this side of the U.S., there’s the Padre Islands but it’s way too far. Have a great day.
Thank you. Orange County is another 35 miles or so south of L.A. Once you get past L.A. you hit what has to be one of the most beautiful areas of Southern Cal.
And you’re right, Texas does have beautiful places as well.
You took some amazing photos… the bluest skies, the beautiful ocean. 🙂
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Thanks so much Elizabeth. Orange County is a beautiful place.
And thanks for the Blog Awards! I appreciate that.
Happy Summer days to you too,