Laguna Beach contains one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Southern California, most of it easily accessed down side streets or stairwells at various points along South Coast Highway. Although gays and lesbian have long frequented just about any part of the beach in Laguna, including the centrally located Main Beach section opposite the village's commercial center, two sections have had the strongest gay following, West Street and Mountain Road Beach
(pictured here). The latter stretch of beach, accessed from Mountain Road or Cress Street
and located behind the former Coast Inn/Boom Boom Room
complex and the nearby Surf and Sand Hotel, actually draws a mix of people, gay and straight, locals and tourists. Since the Coast Inn closed in 2007, it's become a bit less of a focal point for gay visitors.
About 2.5 miles along South Coast Highway you'll find what's typically the most gay-popular beach in Laguna, West Street Beach (at S. Coast Hwy. and West St.), which is adjacent to Thousand Steps Beach and Aliso Creek Beach. If you follow the path down to the beach from West Street, turn right when you reach the sand, and walk a bit north to reach the area that draws most of the GLBT sun bunnies.