City of Laguna Beach Announces First Sister City

Announces City of Menton, France as closest relative

The city of Laguna Beach has formed a Sister City Partnership with the City of Menton, France, according Karyn Philippsen, President of the Board of Directors of the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau.

A sister city relationship is a broad-based, officially approved, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. In general, cities like Laguna Beach pursue a relationship with a community like Menton, France that is as similar as possible in terms of Geography, population, industries and interests.

According to Sister Cities International (, there are nearly 2,500 partnerships between U.S. and international cities. These partnerships are spread throughout 134 different countries. This is the first partnership between Laguna Beach and a foreign city and according to Sister Cities International, it is also the first partnership between Menton, France, and a U.S. city.

Karyn Philippsen has volunteered to serve as the temporary coordinator for a designated volunteer committee that would serve as the official arm of the sister city program for Laguna Beach. This organizing committee will be made up of representatives throughout the community and will help determine interest and future partnership programs with the city of Menton. All initial inquiries of interest about this program or to serve on this new committee should be sent to the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau by calling (949) 497-9229. 

Judy Bijlani, Executive Director of the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau will be part of the new organizing committee, one of many organizations that will be represented within the new entity. 

About the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau 
Laguna Beach is Southern California's premiere seaside destination located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego along the central coast of Orange County. Known as home to hundreds of local artists, Laguna Beach is primarily served by Orange County Airport located just 20 minutes away.