Our new staff spotlight series allows you to get to know the staff of Visit Laguna Beach. We come from all over the country, but we have all landed in Southern California and are lucky to work in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Many days it feels like we’ve won the lottery being able to stroll down the street from our offices right onto the sand of Main Beach or to eat at some of the top restaurants in the county. Laguna Beach is an eclectic town and we in turn are an eclectic staff. It is our pleasure to share the secret and the not so secret treasures of Laguna Beach with you.
1 year with Visit Laguna Beach
I have 20,000 songs on my laptop. I love discovering and listening to music. Every week I develop a playlist for my weekly music show ‘Kevin’s Beach’ on Laguna’s only FM KX93.5 which is on Wednesday nights from 7-9pm. The focus of the show is eclectic music. I try to introduce music that most people probably haven’t heard. I build the playlist by hitting shuffle on my laptop and listen to what comes up. I want to make people wonder what they are listening to. Right now I am digging The Sea and Cake out of Chicago, which is a lazy jazz post-rock sound, Edwyn Collins and David Bowie are always favorites, and Ryuichi Sakamoto, whom I think is a genius.
Date nights in Laguna Beach are all about music and sunsets. My girlfriend and I love going to the beach, usually Agate Street, because it is the closest to where she lives or to go hiking in the hills to see the sunset. A lot of times we head to The Cliff Restaurant to watch live local music and the sunset. They have one of the best Taco Tuesday's in Laguna Beach! On Sundays we head to the newly remodeled Marine Room Tavern to play pool, hang out and listen to whatever band is playing.
I really enjoy greeting and talking to both tourists and locals. Part of my job is providing excellent service and answering questions people have. Some of my recommendations include 230 Forest as a go-to restaurant when visitors are in the downtown area. Romeo Cuccina is a hidden gem, with a huge open floor plan, friendly staff and great food. When wanting to see the beach, I always recommend people start off by walking at Main Beach and head north through Heisler Park to see the amazing views. Then, end the walk with a stop off at the tide pools to explore the marine life. Anyone asking about snorkeling, I typically send to Wood’s Cove, it can’t be beat.
I always rave about the sightseeing in Laguna Beach. Parking the car and walking the streets to see the beaches, the shops and the art is the best way to experience Laguna. Really, anywhere you walk you can find art and/or galleries. I recommend going on a mini-walk to see art by going down PCH from Main Beach down to Bluebird Canyon and then back up the other side of PCH. You’ll see more art galleries than you can imagine. In downtown, stopping by Peter Blake’s gallery on Ocean Avenue is a must. Across the street is a really neat consignment shop called The Flea Market that has folk art pieces that are really interesting. A little further down Ocean you’ll also fine LCAD’s gallery. It’s where the art college features student artwork and there’s always something exciting to see there.
I always mention the Laguna Art Museum The museum really captures the history of California art from the early 1900s when Laguna Beach was founded as an art colony. Along with an extensive collection of California art they have great installations of more contemporary showings of modern and abstract art. In fact, I work there part time as a Prepartor, meaning I help prepare the museum for the new shows and exhibits about every 3 months or so. The museum also has an awesome art education program for kids that’s free on the third Sunday of every month.
My favorite song to listen to when I cruise PCH is “The Only Place” by Best Coast. It’s a very sunny, fun and upbeat song. I like what she says about living here...
Why would you live anywhere else?
We’ve got the ocean, got the babes
Got the sun, we’ve got the waves
This is the only place for me.