Heading to Newport Beach's Balboa Island for the afternoon? We prefer to call it Treasure Island, truly one of Newport's hidden gems.
Let's start with a cruise down the Balboa peninsula where you might stop for lunch at Il Farro, fantastic healthy Italian cuisine with a cute little dog friendly patio.
As you head down to the end of the peninsula you'll find West Jetty Park, a wonderful little spot where you and your pup can take in the Newport Harbor.
Just down the street lies the Fun Zone where you can catch the Auto Ferry to Balboa Island...cars cost $1.50 but dogs ride free!
Ahh...Balboa Island. Such a charming little part of Newport where dogs are sometimes treated better than their people.
You'll have to decide which side to walk first...Bayside or Bayshore, both equally beautiful, lined with gorgeous homes & boats named Lollipop or Island Time.
Here Marley posed for a shot on Bayside...such a ham.
Next make your way down to Marina Drive to browse the eclectic, one of a kind shops, many of which allow your furry friend to shop right along with you.
One of our favorites is Art for the Soul, featuring colorful handcrafted jewelry and items for the home (you'll also find a dog-friendly Art for the Soul in Laguna Beach on Forest Avenue).
Okay, its time for a treat...
For me its an original Balboa Bar at Sugar & Spice or maybe a Frozen Banana at Dad's Donut Shop.
And for Marley? One of her favorite spots in all of Newport...Barney's Barkery, Balboa Island's own Bakery & Bow-Wow-Tique.
Here you'll receive a friendly greeting and maybe a homemade Chikn' & biscuit for your pal, one of their signature treats.
You'll be amazed by the Barkery's variety of sassy dog collars, leashes, engraved pet tags & doggie accessories.
But what makes this Marley's favorite spot are the many different tasty homemade treats...from the carob covered peanut butter cookies to banana biscotti, she is in doggie treat heaven! Certainly not to be missed when you & your buddy are on the island.
After 5 o'clock its time to hit the sand and catch the Newport sunset. Balboa Island allows leashed dogs on the beach before 9am and after 5pm.
As dinner time approaches the Island offers a number of great dog friendly restaurants...
Ciao, an Italian eatery with friendly service at 2 outside tables for two (make that three with Fido at your feet!)
Wilma's Patio featuring American fanfare and 2 family sized outdoor tables (also a great breakfast spot).
Or Pas.tu Cafe's outside tables might tempt you to try some mediteranean cuisine.
Although Balboa Island lies right off PCH, you'll feel like you've found a magical far away place where you and your dog are welcomedwith neighborly warmth & charm.
You will certainly want to return to this wonderful beachfront haven soon...we know your doggie will thank you :)