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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3 Unique Things to Do in Laguna Beach
Oct02

3 Unique Things to Do in Laguna Beach

By Roderick Reed The Witch’s House The architecture of the Witch’s House is right out of fairy tale or the imagination of Walt Disney. Fact is, the Witch’s House was the vision of Whittier carpenter Vernon Barker who built it in the late 1920’s before he became the chief architect for the UCLA Medical Center. Located at 290 Wave Street in North Laguna Beach, the Witch’s House has steep gables facing different directions. The tallest...

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Enrapturing Woods Cove | Laguna Beach
Sep30

Enrapturing Woods Cove | Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton When guests visit me, this is one of the must-show-off stops in town.  By taking my friends to Woods Cove and Crescent Bay at sunset, I convinced many to move here, or at least spend their lives dreaming about moving to Laguna Beach.  Woods Cove is that heavenly. But, even heavenly does nothing to describe the enchantment falling upon the viewer when he sets his sight on Woods Cove. At the Woods Cove entrance, the...

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