Instagram Laguna Beach - 9 Great Places to Take Likable Photos

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    Laguna Beach Lifeguard Shack

    Laguna Beach Lifeguard Tower
    ••• Laguna Beach Lifeguard Tower. ©2016 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    If you're looking for great photos of Laguna Beach, Instagram is a good place to start. I've put together a collection of some good shots that you may want to have in your feed, along with how to make them even better. You'll also find a list of excellent Laguna Beach Instagrammers at the end of this slideshow. 

    The Laguna Beach lifeguard tower is iconic, and you've probably seen it on television dozens of times. More than that if you watched the MTV show Laguna Beach. There are scores of ways to jazz up this image. You could have someone ride past it on a bicycle. Or put a kissing couple in the door. Or do a short animated gif where everything stands still except the ocean waves.

    To find out more about Laguna's Main Beach, use this guide.

    To get more likes, try using these tags:  - lifeguard, lifeguardstand, lifeguardtower, beach beachday, beachtime, beachy, beachfun - and mylagunabeach.

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    Victoria Beach Tower

    Victoria Beach Tower
    ••• Victoria Beach Tower. Mark Weston/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    This medieval-looking tower was built in 1926 just north of Victoria Beach. People call it the lighthouse, but in reality it’s a now-unused, enclosed stairway to the beach.

    It will take some determination to get this shot. The public beach access point is next to 2713 Victoria Drive and hard to see. Once you find it, you will walk down a long stairway to beach level. You can also walk down the emergency vehicle beach ramp at the end of Dumond Drive. Detailed directions are here.

    Public parking is scarce, but you can sometimes find a spot along Pacific Coast Highway or on a nearby side street.

    After you get down to beach level, hike out onto the rocks and around the point near the base of the stairway to see the tower. 

    To get more likes, try using these tags:  victoriabeach, victoriabeachtower - and mylagunabeach.

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    The Laguna Beach Gate

    Laguna Beach Gate On a Pole
    ••• Laguna Beach Gate On a Pole. ©2016 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    This gate hangs in an unlikely spot above the streetLocated on Coast Highway between Forest and Park Avenues. It has been there since 1915. It's a weird thing, hanging so far up in the air. 

    To get more likes, try using these tags:  lagunabeach and mylagunabeach.

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    Laguna Beach Surfers

    Laguna Beach Surfer
    ••• Laguna Beach Surfer. Courtesy of Visit Laguna Beach

    Great surfer photos are a big hit on Instagram, but you'll need something more than a mobile phone to zoom in and follow them close enough to get shots like this. If all you have is a mobile device, go for the longer view or try to catch the surfers as they enter and leave the water.

    To get more likes, try using these tags:  surfer, surferphotos, surferdude, surfergirl, surfing, surfsup  - and mylagunabeach.

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    The Laguna Greeter

    The Laguna Greeter
    ••• The Laguna Greeter. ©2016 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    It's a charming tradition in Laguna Beach to have an official greeter. The first one started in the early twentieth century. That's him in the statue. Today's greeter puts on a great show, dancing to his own tune and waving at everyone who passes. You'll find him at the corner of Coast Highway and Brooks Street, and he doesn't mind if you photograph him or take a video.

    To get more likes, try using this tags: mylagunabeach. Or make up your own.

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    Laguna Beach View

    Laguna Beach Lifeguard Shack
    ••• Laguna Beach Lifeguard Shack. ©2016 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    The old lifeguard tower at the beginning of this list has its charms, but so do the modern ones like this one, with their graphic design. They look great in silhouette at sunset and make an excellent backdrop for all kind of things you or your friends could do.

    To get more likes, try using these tags: lifeguard, lifeguardstand, lifeguardtower, beach, beachday, beachtime, beachfun - and mylagunabeach. 

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    Wyland's Whaling Wall

    Wyland's Whaling Wall, Laguna Beach
    ••• Wyland's Whaling Wall, Laguna Beach. ©2016 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    Artist Wyland has created his "Whaling Wall" murals all over the world. This one is on the side of the Wyland Gallery at 509 S. Coast Highway. It was a struggle to get this shot - which was taken in late morning - to look good, but you will get better light in the late afternoon. You could also zoom in on small sections of it.

    To get more likes, try using these tags: whalingwall, wyland - and mylagunabeach.

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    World's Smallest Cathedral

    The World's Smallest Cathedral
    ••• The World's Smallest Cathedral. ©2016 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    St. Francis by the Sea is the second-smallest cathedral in the world, according to their website. This cute little church is at 430 Park Ave. 

    To get more likes, try using these tags:  smallthings, weirdbuilding,  - and mylagunabeach.

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    Tidepools

    Sea Stars in a Laguna Beach Tidepool
    ••• Sea Stars in a Laguna Beach Tidepool. Courtesy of Visit Laguna Beach

    If you get to the beach at low tide, look for critters to photograph in the tidepools. A couple of good places to go are Treasure Island (which you can get to from a ramp on the southwest corner of Montage Resort) and Vedder Reserve, which is just below Heisler Park. Tide charts are available at the visitor center (381 Forest Avenue) or online,

    To get more likes, try using these tags:  tidepool, tidepools, seastar, starfish - the name of anything else in there like urchins and crabs  - and mylagunabeach.

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    Top Laguna Beach Instagrammers

    I have some of these same images in my Instagram feed, but they don't look quite like they do in this gallery because I like to change them into a different style. I'd love it if you took a look (and followed me) at https://www.instagram.com/frombetsymalloy/

    You can also search Instagram for my hashtags: 

    • #BeachesfromBetsy
    • #OrangeCountyFromBetsy

    These Laguna Beach Instagram accounts are on my follow list:

    • @Lagunasocal posts gorgeous photos of the Laguna Beach coast at its most scenic
    • @jpoc9 aka the Sunset Chasing Vet Tech specializes in gorgeous sunsets 
    • @visitlaguna is the local visitor's bureau