Paradise in Paradise Bay | Laguna Beach
Jan13

Paradise in Paradise Bay | Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton Paradise Bay in Laguna Beach is like stepping out of a dream.  Paradise Bay’s most alluring feature is two concrete swimming pools built into the rocks circa 1930.  The south end rock formation is so smooth, my friend and I questioned whether it was man-made. I have not seen such smooth terrain anywhere else on the Southern California coast.  The natural swimming pools are fed by the tides.  At high tide, fresh...

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Secluded Camel Point | Laguna Beach
Jan06

Secluded Camel Point | Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton Camel Point in Laguna Beach is a silver-wing discovery with all the magic of an unspoiled paradise barely known to local explorers. For the traveler seeking escape, Camel Point promises intimacy. Dramatic homes hug the rugged cliff overlooking the white sandy shore, but residents seem to retire early as the beach is desolate at night. With effort comes privacy. The shortest route into postcard-perfect Camel Point is...

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Full Moon Drumming Circle | Laguna Beach
Jan05

Full Moon Drumming Circle | Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton When the caveman in you cannot be tamed, head over to the Laguna Beach full moon drumming circle. Every full moon is celebrated on Aliso Beach under the cliff-side Getty Mansion. Belly-exposed women dance around a bonfire to the tribal vibrations of shirtless men.  As the collective beat shifts from one energy to another, bodies follow in form. As bodies become wilder, drum beats follow. Drummers and dancers become...

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Laguna Beach Coves, Bays, and Beaches
Dec31

Laguna Beach Coves, Bays, and Beaches

By Carisa Carlton Laguna Beach is home to numerous beaches, coves and bays. However, I have some difficulty finding a complete list of them.  With your help, I’d like to identify all of the coves, bays, and beaches in Laguna Beach. Any volunteers to create a comprehensive map? Here’s what I have so far from North to South: Crystal Cove (south end) Irvine Cove Emerald Bay Shell Beach Crown Point Crescent Bay NAME UNKNOWN...

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Thousand Steps Beach:  Best People Watching | Laguna Beach
Dec17

Thousand Steps Beach: Best People Watching | Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton Gym-goers in short-shorts vie for attention with women in skimpy bikinis at the best people-watching beach along the Pacific Ocean, famous for skim boarding, parties and Bohemian beach homes. To get to Thousand Steps Beach, one descends some 265 stairs – not one-thousand stairs as the name implies – under the shadow of overgrown fuchsia bougainvillea.  What appears at the end of the steep staircase is...

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Haunted Laguna Beach Houses
Oct18

Haunted Laguna Beach Houses

By Roderick Reed Does the idea of going to Oak street seem frighting this year? Or the prospect of staying at home on Halloween just plain scary? Here are a couple of things to know about in Haunted Laguna! The most interesting “haunted” building in Laguna rests on Catalina Drive. The old white building sits on the hill. It is the Arch Beach Tavern, built in 1915 to house people from the movie industry. The ghosts in this building...

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Diving Diver’s Cove | Laguna Beach
Oct14

Diving Diver’s Cove | Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton Some of my funnest times in Laguna Beach was at Diver’s Cove.  I had my first leopard shark experience there; I went on my first sunset swim there; and I discovered the underwater terrain’s journal-inspiring diversity here. Check out the leopard sharks and the underwater lagoons in the video below. When the marine parks are as rich as those in Laguna Beach, snorkeling is just as much fun as scuba diving...

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Sexy Shaw’s Cove | Laguna Beach
Oct13

Sexy Shaw’s Cove | Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton Deliciously sexy Shaw’s Cove is like travelling through Alice in Wonderland on LSD. Watching the sunset while swimming around the reefs makes me feel like I have a secret connection with God. Shaw’s Cove is that good. The striking orange starfish on the tide pools between Crescent Bay and Shaw’s Cove are huge. Kelp some 50-60 feet tall sway in the water with the movement of the earth. Surrounded by...

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Irvine Cove Glamour | Laguna Beach
Oct08

Irvine Cove Glamour | Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton Irvine Cove is a mysterious cove of seclusion and beauty reminiscent of an old, Hollywood glamour movie like To Catch a Thief. $10 to $70 million dollar mansions hug the Irvine Cove coastline; the water is rich with world-class opportunities to discover marine life; and, the charismatic beach offers an alluring place to exhibit that French bikini. Every beach in California is public property, though some waterfront...

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Secrets to Secret Cove | Laguna Beach
Oct05

Secrets to Secret Cove | Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton Secret Cove in Laguna Beach is one of those places that make me feel giddy for just reaching it.  The journey is mesmerizing. Getting to Secret Cove The first time I visited Secret Cove, I climbed up the cliff from the south end of Tablerock Cove where 20 foot tall boulders jet into the sea.  Once I was on the top of the boulders, I could see Secret Cove and the arch that leads to Thousand Steps Beach.  I could have...

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