America’s Favorite Beach Towns 2014

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With boardwalk rides, historic mansions, and homemade fudge, the best seaside towns offer charms that stretch beyond the sand.

No. 19 Laguna Beach, CA

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Set midway between L.A. and San Diego, this Orange County beach town has a Hollywood backstory (Humphrey Bogart loved it here), art galleries, and, given the quirky coastline, a string of intimate-feeling beaches set in coves. Most hotels around here sit on the bluffs, without direct beach access, but you can wade right into the water from the Surf & Sand Resort, a So Cal–sleek hotel set squarely on Bluebird Beach. Readers also raved about Laguna’s great year-round weather.

America’s Favorite Beach Towns 2014

No. 19 Laguna Beach, CA

Set midway between L.A. and San Diego, this Orange County beach town has a Hollywood backstory (Humphrey Bogart loved it here), art galleries, and, given the quirky coastline, a string of intimate-feeling beaches set in coves. Most hotels around here sit on the bluffs, without direct beach access, but you can wade right into the water from the Surf & Sand Resort, a So Cal–sleek hotel set squarely on Bluebird Beach. Readers also raved about Laguna’s great year-round weather.

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