Laguna Beach summer free shuttle service starts Friday, June 24, and ends Sunday, Aug. 28, except for canyon route which runs thru Aug. 31. Trolleys and buses operate between 9:30 a.m. and ll:30 p.m.
Whatever you do, don’t miss the Festival of Arts, Art A Fair and Sawdust, but explore a little and see some new sights. Take the trolley north and get off at the stop directly above Divers Cove in Heisler Park. Check out Divers Cove, Picnic Beach and Rockpile Beach where surfing can be scary. See a whole new park including new rock walls, pathways, restrooms, cactus, succulents and other plants plus a new amphitheatre south of Monument Point and the 16-foot high “Breaching Whale”, the latest public art creation by artist Jon Seeman. What do you think of it ?
Keep walking south and remember the gazebo near Las Brisas is always 10 or 15 degrees cooler. If you have run out of energy, catch a trolley in front of the Laguna Art Museum or keep walking south by Las Brisas rose garden and down to our famous board walk and old life guard tower, one of the most photographed objects in Laguna.
Another suggestion is to take a trolley south to the stop by Blue Lagoon or Wesley Drive or walk down the stairs near the Montage where you can explore Treasure Island’s four beaches, one facing north, two intimate coves and one facing south. The dirt path at the north end of the park affords a little privacy and the gazebo is a great place to see the Laguna and Emerald Bay fire works shows at 9 p.m. July 4. Remember the trolleys only run til 7 p.m. on July 4.
Starfish, the newly opened restaurant in Albertson’s parking lot, will surprise and possibly provide a place for a cola while you look at the unusual interior. Remember Heisler Park and Treasure Island Park both have tables, two great places for a breakfast, lunch or dinner picnic.
Take a ride on our wonderful trolleys for good fun and remember, they get even funnier at night.
Roger carter, Laguna Beach