I think it was your average Wednesday afternoon when Jo and I decided it was time to take a weekend trip down to Laguna Beach, a city we’d never been to but had heard about for the past ten friggin’ years after the hit MTV show aired and Lauren Conrad become the girl everyone wanted to be friends with. Still mad about her choosing her relationship over the trip to Paris though. She did not shut up and go.
No worries Lauren; I know the producers probably planned that.
Laguna Beach is one of those idyllic beachside towns south of Los Angeles that makes you question why you live in Los Angeles and not Laguna Beach. Picture a perfect little beachside town in Southern California and you’re probably already spot on. It’s full of teens in loose shirts who are questionably not wearing shorts, who are also walking around not even with flip flops on. It’s full of middle-aged (seemingly) happy couples who look like they just got done with a nice dinner and who plop down their beach chairs before adorably putting their arms around each other to witness a golden California sunset aka Golden Hour. It’s full of twenty-something randos who had nothing else to do for a weekend so they came down for a quick getaway from LA (me, Jo, and Misako).
Take the 1 freeway down from Los Angeles and you’ll drive along the Pacific Ocean until you reach Laguna Beach. You’ll pass beaches like Shaw’s Cove, 1000 Steps beach, or the main Laguna Beach beach, but after a few Yelp searches, we finally landed upon Crystal Cove – a secluded cove off the freeway, which to me is what made the trip the trip. You park your car (for $15), and take a ten minute trail to what looks like an abandoned beach community; you really feel like you’re stepping back into what was probably a poppin’ beach community in the 1920s. There are a few beach shacks that have been redone to become the Visitor’s Center and Shake Shack, but with the town’s size, you feel like you’ve actually found a hidden gem amongst the packed and popular beaches in Laguna Beach. As you walk down the beach, you pass what used to be beach bungalows – that I’m sure, one day soon, will be very expensive hotel accommodations. I could go on and on, so if you find yourself looking for a day trip from Los Angeles, plug Crystal Cove into your GPS and head back into 1920s Southern California. You may even find us there again.
Any other weekend trips from Los Angeles that we should hit up?