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A note from the owner/writer, Diane Armitage:

Look, I just can’t stop writing about Laguna Beach, and there’s no way you’re going to find all these tips and event details by just using the usual “blog” method using the Categories. I can’t even find my own entries anymore! So, I’ve set up a more traditional Table of Contents for you here.

Note: Some of these entries have to do with dated events, but because these events are ongoing, I’ve kept them here in the blog for your general reference.

Note: These are printed alphabetically, so what’s at the top of the list doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best of the best. Be sure to explore all options! Also, by no means is this a final list – I’m out every day exploring our lovely berg for “the best of” and will be adding entries here all the time. Enjoy Laguna Beach!


City of Laguna Beach – Free Summer Shuttles

Art, Best Laguna Beach


Bands & Live Music, Best Laguna Beach


Bars/Bartenders & Happy Hours, Best Laguna Beach 


Best Margaritas, Top 6 Best Laguna Beach 


Dog Friendly/Pet-Oriented Places in Laguna Beach

Summer beach hour rules for dogs on all Laguna beaches

Dogs Who Brunch (a photo essay of resident dogs and visitors on Sunday mornings in Laguna Beach)

New Jersey Gus, Bernese Mountain Pup Rolli, Labradoodle Bindi, American Eskimo Igloo, Great Dane Lucy, Old English Mastiff Pup Harriett, Black Lab mix (and rescue) Kona, Harlequin Great Dane Hobi, Jack Russell Chihuahua Tyson, Puggle Sophie, Mini Australian Shepherd Hanna, Labradoodle pup Samuel, Australian Terrier (and rescue) Winston, Great Pyrenees Sierra, Japanese Chin Mochi, Terrier mix (and rescue) Lily, Maltese x 2 Charlie & Zen, Presa Canario Zeus

Restaurants that allow dogs in Laguna Beach: “Inside” or “On Patio” indicates the dog can sit next to you at your table. 

Anastasia’s (on patio) – Cafe Vienna (on patio) – Café Zinc (on patio) – Feast (on patio) – Gecko Café (at sidewalk tables) – GG’s (on patio) –  Laguna Coffee (inside) – (The) Lumberyard (outside patio) – Ocean Brewery (outside patio) – (The) Orange Inn (inside) – (The) Rooftop Lounge (on patio) – (The) Stand (on patio)

Retailers that allow dogs in Laguna Beach: Basically, any Laguna Beach retail store will allow well-mannered dogs in while you peruse, but be sure to check with the staff first.


Indoor Activities/Hobbies, Best Laguna Beach


Outdoor Activities/Workouts, Best Laguna Beach


Parks, Best Laguna Beach


Restaurants, Best Laguna Beach

Breakfast, Best Laguna Beach

Coffee, Best Laguna Beach

Dining/Late Night, Best Laguna Beach

Lunch, Best Laguna Beach

Pizza, Best Laguna Beach

Salads, Best Laguna Beach

Soups, Top 12 Best Laguna Beach

Snacks & Dessert, Best Laguna Beach


Retail Shops, Best Laguna Beach

Cards & BooksLaguna Beach Books, Laguna Drug + 2nd review

Cheese Shop – Laguna Culinary

Dogs – Anything Canine, Bark ‘n Sniff

FloristsBrowne’s Flowers, Farmer’s Market

Home Décor, Trend Jewelry –  Laguna Colony

Nursery, Plants, Garden DecorLaguna Nursery

ShoesKen Auster’s Artemis Boot Collection, Tootsie’s

Lotions, Potions, Bath StuffBubbles, Laguna Colony

Lingerie – I See London, Romantic Boutique

Surf/SUP/Skim – Hobie, Laguna Surf & Sport, SUP Co (Stand Up Paddle Co) + SUP Lessons


Skimboarding & Surfing Events, Best Laguna Beach


Spas, Best Laguna Beach


Theater, Best Laguna Beach


Wedding Venues, Best Laguna Beach


Wine Tasting Events, Best Laguna Beach


Holiday events in Laguna Beach

Valentine’s Day –  Annual One Love Reggae Festival, Laguna Art Museum Love Auction

Patriot’s Day –  Patriot’s Day Parade (first of March)

Easter –  Annual Easter Egg HuntsMadison Square Annual Easter Egg ColoringMontage Laguna Beach “Eggstravaganza”

Fourth of July –  4th of July Fireworks

Labor Day – annual events in Laguna + Labor Day Reggaefest

Halloween Custom/Packaged CostumesRomantic Boutique

Christmas Holiday –  Santa Claus Night/ParadePaul Mosley Holiday Home DecorMontage Laguna Beach Tree LightingCrystal Cove Tree LightingHoliday Palettes –  Sawdust “Winterfest”Surfers Healing Santa Fundraiser

 Holiday Season 2011 OVERVIEW – Events, Decor, Restaurant Menu Specials, Great Unique Gifts, New Year’s Eve Laguna Beach

Best Holiday Decor for your home – an OVERVIEW of top finds in Laguna Beach:

Best Holiday Gift Ideas, Unique Gifts 2011

Best Restaurant Specials, Happy Hour Specials for the Holidays, 2011


Many people loved the coverage of the Tibetan Sand Mandala, when Buddhist Monks came to Laguna Beach to create their Compassion Painting in tiny, colored sand crystals over a 5-day period. I want to be sure you still have access to this beautiful story:

Announcement of the monks’ pending arrival

Thursday’s opening ceremony and work

Friday’s continued work on the Tibetan Sand Mandala

Saturday’s continued work on the Tibetan Sand Mandala

Sunday’s continued work on the Tibetan Sand Mandala

Monday’s continued work on the Tibetan Sand Mandala

Tuesday’s completion and sweeping away of the Sand Mandala

Laguna LaVida’s Billy Fried teaches the monks to kayak






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