Nestled between the Pacific Coast Highway and the San Diego Freeway is the residential and quasi-resort community of Laguna Niguel.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel--opened in August 1984--with its opulent air, Mediterranean exterior and Italian decor, gives a visitor that riviera feeling. The hotel hugs the top of the cliffs, providing a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. The Ritz also generates tax revenues of $2.5 million per year.
In February the California Coastal Commission approved the construction of the $300-million Monarch Beach Resort. Building on the ocean bluff is scheduled to begin in September for a 1991 opening. On its 165 acres the Monarch will include a convention center, opera theater, ice skating rink and an electric tram that will transport guests between the buildings.
The Laguna Niguel Regional Park, with its 80 acres and 36-acre lake, is now on the popular and recently-extended Aliso Creek bicycle trail.