What a wonderful thing it is to walk a dog on Balboa Island (map). Streets lined with beautifully landscaped cottages make this part of Newport Beach seem otherworldly; more-so on an especially warm summer day. Leash up your dog and head to North Bay Front, South Bay Front or East Bay Front. You’ll find a great sidewalk there that runs along the perimeter of the island, just choose a direction and start walking. Casual canine early morning, mid-day, or late night strolls don’t get any better than this and you and your pooch are sure to pass more than one fellow dog owner. If your pup tends to shy away from or doesn’t play well with other dogs, play it safe, take the road less travelled and stick to the inside alley which runs along the inside perimeter of the island. Although Newport Beach law (7.04.030) prohibits dogs on any harbor/bay front beaches from 9AM to 5PM (year-round) walking on this stretch of sidewalk is allowed. A word of caution: Balboa Island is notoriously strict regarding dog waste. Absent of anything resembling a dog park your best bet is to bring along a few dog waste bags and keep a close eye on where fido chooses to do his business. In fact, Newport Beach dog walking law requires that you keep dog waste bags with you at all times and a hefty $500 fine can be issued to dog walkers & pet owners that do not clean up after their animal. Free doggie walk bags are provided to you at any of the various bag dispensers on the Island.
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