Laguna Beach is probably one of my favorite places in Southern California. The beaches are incredibly beautiful and the downtown area is full of cute restaurants, art galleries, and quaint little gift shops. If you are planning on visiting Laguna, I would recommend opting out of Main Beach and exploring the smaller beaches, such as Crescent Bay, Victoria, or Treasure Island, which are easily accessible with the free trolley that runs throughout the summer. As for downtown, the National Geographic exhibit is a must see, and make sure to stop by Gelato Paradiso for delicious Italian gelato (get napkins, it does tend to spill all over your hands). Additionally, there are several aesthetically pleasing shops throughout the town, such as the one pictured below, that sell everything from succulents to wind chimes. Here are some photos I took recently that I think sum up Laguna Beach perfectly.