Separated from the inland flatlands by a long steep canyon, Laguna stretches about 7 miles along Pacific Coast Hwy. Shops, restaurants and bars are concentrated along a short walkable stretch of downtown’s ‘village,’ along three parallel streets: Broadway, Ocean Ave and Forest Ave. Downtown swells with tourists on summer weekends, but away from the downtown village (also the central business district) and Main Beach (where the downtown village meets the shore), there’s plenty of uncrowded sand and open water.