As a community that prides itself on its laid-back attitude and artistic sentiment, Laguna Beach is a vibrant seaside resort city located in Orange County, California, sitting approximately 53 miles south of downtown Los Angeles and its neighboring luxury real estate communities of Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Hills.
Laguna Beach was incorporated as a city in the State of California in 1927, but historically its location began as a territory of the Paleoindians, the Tonga people, and later Mexico, before it became part of the United States following the Mexican–American War in 1848. The Laguna Beach coastline is protected by 5.88 miles (9.46 km) of state marine reserve and an additional 1.21 miles (1.95 km) of state conservation area. The near six miles of coastline with a string of beachfront condominiums has remained isolated from urban encroachment by its surrounding hills, limited highway access, and a dedicated greenbelt.
With an estimated three million visitors annually, tourism is the primary industry of Laguna Beach. Annual large events speak to the community's artistic flair, which includes the Pageant of the Masters, Festival of the Arts, Sawdust Art Festival, Art-A-Fair, Bluewater Music Festival, and Kelpfest.