Fact Sheet

View frequently asked questions about Laguna Beach as well as quick facts regarding the geography, population, weather, and transportation of the area.

Incorporated: On June 29, 1927

Geography & Population: Laguna Beach is Southern California's premier coastal destination located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego and along the southern coast of Orange County. The City of Laguna Beach, based on 2010 figures, has a population size of 23,881 and covers 8.8 square miles. Conde Nast Traveler named Laguna Beach among 'The Best Small Cities in the U.S.' in 2016. 

Location: Laguna Beach is in the heart of Orange County (The "OC") adjacent to the Pacific Ocean with 7.1 miles of oceanfront vistas. Located 50 miles south of Los Angeles and 70 miles north of San Diego, Laguna Beach is accessible through Laguna Canyon or via Pacific Coast Highway.

Weather: Laguna Beach offers a very mild climate with average annual daytime temperatures ranging between the mid-60s in the winter months and the low-80s in the summer months. Evening temperatures in the summer months may warrant a light sweater. December is the coolest month, with August typically being the warmest. The average temperature in Laguna Beach fluctuates about 10 degrees between the summer and the winter.  January, February and March receive the most rainfall, with an average of 2.5 inches.

Airport Access: Located just 18 miles from John Wayne Airport Orange County (SNA), 37 miles from Long Beach Airport (LGB), 55 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and 72 miles from San Diego International Airport (SAN).

On a Map: The latitude of Laguna Beach is 33.542N. The longitude is -117.782W.

Annual Festivals: Laguna Beach, the crown jewel of Orange County, has been known as an artists' colony for more than 100 years. Some of the annual arts festivals include Laguna Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts, Sawdust Art Festival, the Laguna Beach Music Festival and the Laguna Dance Festival.

Artists & Galleries: In 1918, artist Edgar Payne opened an art gallery that later became the Laguna Art Museum, one of the first art museums in the state. Today, there are more than 70 art galleries and 400 working artists and studios in Laguna Beach.

Beaches: With more than 30 coves, beaches and parks, Laguna Beach is the ideal spot for coastal fun. Whether you enjoy snorkeling, swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, playing volleyball or exploring the tide pools, the area's eight miles of coastline offer something for everyone.

Hotels: Hotel Laguna was the first hotel built in Laguna Beach and the first substantial business building. The structure as it now stands was built in 1930. Today there are 25+ hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts located throughout Laguna Beach.

Neighborhoods: The city of Laguna Beach has three distinct areas: North Laguna Beach, South Laguna Beach and the heart of the city, the downtown village/Laguna Canyon.

Connections to Hollywood:  While many people around the world have learned about Laguna Beach from the MTV reality show, "Laguna Beach, The Real Orange County," (the show averaged more than 3.1 million viewers in its second season), the destination has been home to many famous Hollywood stars over the years. 

Only in Laguna Beach: 

  • Laguna Beach is home to more beachfront lodging than any other city in California!

  • The dolphin population off Laguna's coast exceeds more than that of Florida, Hawaii and the Caribbean combined.

  • The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is free to the public, open daily and is located on Laguna Canyon Road. This rescue center, run by dedicated volunteers, rehabilitates marine mammals that are stranded along the 42 miles of Orange County coastline.

  • Laguna Beach is a bird sanctuary and a marine life refuge. All of Laguna's marine refuge system is a fully protected marine reserve - nothing can be fished for or removed from this area. Laguna Beach is known throughout Southern California for its tide pools and the variety of marine life they support.

  • Many bungalows and cottages from the late 1800s to the early 1900s are still in existence and part of a self-guided tour.

  • The Laguna Playhouse is the oldest, continuously operating Playhouse on the West Coast, while the Laguna Art Museum was among the first museums to open in California.

  • Skimboarding started in Laguna Beach and dates back to the late 1920s when Laguna Beach lifeguards used to skimboard on pieces of wood.

  • Laguna College of Art + Design, located in Laguna Canyon, offers Bachelor in Fine Arts degrees in Drawing and Painting, Illustration, Animation, Game Art and Graphic Design and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting.

  • Laguna Beach ranks No. 1 in the United States in economic impact of the arts on a per capita basis, which includes total spending by both organizations and audiences.

  • Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the second smallest cathedral in the world, St. Francis By-The-Sea, the seat of the diocese. It was built in 1933 with rubble salvaged from the Long Beach earthquake, and has a capacity of 42 seats. St. Francis By-The-Sea is located at 430 Park Avenue. (Smallest as of '06, 2nd smallest as of '07).

Laguna Beach Designations/Awards: #1 City to Shop Local in the U.S. - Yelp (2018)

One of the Most Instagrammable Locations in the U.S. – PlayPicks (2018)
Top Destination to Visit to Escape the Winter – USA Today (2018)
One of Five Best Spring Break Beaches in America - Forbes (2018)
20 Best Winter Sun Getaways America has to Offer - TripAdvisor (2017)
20 Most Charming Towns and Small Cities in California - TravelMag (2017)
America's Favorite Beaches of 2017 - Expedia (2017)
America's Favorite Towns - Travel + Leisure (2017)
The Friendliest Cities in America - Expedia (2016)
The Best Small Cities in the U.S. - Conde Nast Traveler (2016)
The 15 Best Beaches in California (Thousand Steps Beach) - Travel + Leisure (2016)
The 14 Best Small Beach Towns in America - Thrillist (2016)
Travelers' Choice Beaches Awards - TripAdvisor (2015)
One of the 'Top 25 towns in America to spend the holidays - Travel + Leisure (2014)
Silver Adrian Award for Website Excellence - Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (2014)
Laguna Beach was listed No. 19 out of 27 among America's Favorite Beach Towns - Travel + Leisure (2014)
Top Ten U.S. Beaches Travelers' Choice Award - TripAdvisor (2013)
Best Beach in Orange County (Main Beach) - Orange County Register (2012)
Silver Magellan for Best Mobile App for a Destination - Travel Weekly (2012)
"Best Idea" for Laguna Beach Travel Info Mobile App - Western Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (2012) 
Grand Prize for Best Social Media Campaign to Promote a Destination - No. American Travel Journalists Association (2012)
20 Best Small Towns in America - Smithsonian Magazine (2012)
Happiest Seaside Town in the Country - Coastal Living Magazine (2012)
Best Dining Tourism Program by a DMO in the U.S. - Shop America Alliance, US Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council and Cultural & Heritage Tourism Alliance (2012)
Grand Prize for Best Social Media Promoting a Destination - North American Travel Journalists Association (2011)
Most Popular Beach in California - The Daily Beast/Newsweek (2011) 
Top 25 Arts Destinations in the Country - American Style Magazine (2010 & 2011)
Best Sustainable Tourism Messages in Advertising 'Tide pool Scene' DVD - State of California (2010)
Emmy Award - 'Tide pool Scene' DVD - (2009) 
Telly Award - 'Tide pool Scene' DVD - (2009) 
Top 10 Sexiest Beaches in America - ForbesTraveler.com (2008) 
Best Press Kit - North American Travel Journalists Association (2008) 
Top 3 Cleanest Beaches in America - National Resources Defense Council (2008) 
Best Overall Marketing Campaign for a Destination - State of California (2007) 
Best Beaches in US for Overall Water Quality - NRDC (2007 & 2010) 
Top 10 Beaches in America - MSN.com (2007) 
Sexiest Places in the World - Cosmopolitan Magazine (2007)