Whenever you visit Santa Barbara or Carmel or Lahaina, it's hard not to compare them to Laguna Beach. All are filled with beach-loving, art-minded tourists clamoring for something special.
Which is better? How do they compare? Who wins the gold medal? Well, it depends.
Today we will score the battle of Laguna versus Lahaina, the comparatively sized city on the west side of Maui. If you've never been, it has about 11,000 residents but its population swells to more than 40,000 because of vacationers. Like Laguna, it also boasts about 3 million tourists annually.
So there are many things about Lahaina that remind you of Laguna, but there are differences as well.
One obvious similarity is Lahaina has art — sort of. On paper, it has all the trappings of the wine and cheese set, including that fancy pocket guide listing galleries and various exhibits.