It’s cold outside and who wouldn’t want to be laying on a beach somewhere. The warmth of the sun kissing you in the face, not a worry in the world. You don’t have to leave the country to get to a warm beach in the winter. Southern California has some of the nations best beaches.
I’ve had the pleasure of riding up and down the coast from the San Fransisco Bay down to San Diego. It is quite mesmerizing. Water as far as your eye can see, the tide crashing the shoreline. The Pacific Coast Highway hugs the cliffs running parallel to the ocean with more twist and turns than you can count. It can be easily compared to the Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, winding roads galore. What’s not to be ignored or forgotten are the beautiful beaches along the trip. I’ve visited lots of them, these are a few of my favorites.
Santa Barbara Beach is a quaint beach where the tide is generally low, the Stearns Wharf pier divides east and west beach and marina a stones throw away. Yachts and small boats in plenty on the west side of the beach. Home of a host of sporting events. It’s so peaceful. The backdrop, art. Take a walk to the other side of the beach, the small town of Santa Barbara doesn’t disappoint with galleries, boutique shops, restaurants and wine tasting.
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica State Beach! The beach is the backdrop to so many other things going on…the pier, muscle beach equip w/rings & parallel bars, beach volleyball and bike path! The pier is complete with amusement park rides, carnival games, restaurants, an arcade and souvenir shops. A few blocks away, shopping! There are plenty of stores in the Santa Monica Promenade but there is an outdoor mall as well. A must do in LA.
Where tourist, weird people, artist, Hollywood Blvd strays, muscle bond men, street ballers, runners, skaters, walkers, 4/20 stores galore and an occasional beach bum convene. And the Pacific Ocean is just the backdrop. I love the vibe, “anything goes” that the beach gives off. If you’re in LA, visit.
My ultimate favorite LA beach to lay out. It gets crowded but not too crowded. No huge thrills, I think that’s why I like it. A pier, few beach volleyball nets, a bike, run, walk trail and that’s it. It’s clean and if you want to eat just walk up a little hill and you’ve got a plethora of spots to chose from. Definitely visit this beach.
You have to travel a bit to get to this beach. Tucked in Orange County more than an hour outside of Los Angeles is Laguna Beach. An artsy town sitting on the Pacific Coast Highway. There are more art galleries than clothing boutiques, my kind of town. There are plenty of options to eat, stay and stroll this small beach community. Surfers own one side of the beach, sandcastle makers the other. It’s a beach for everyone.
San Clemente Beach
San Clemente Beach, California! South of Laguna Beach north of Oceanside. A beautiful Southern California beach with lots of surfers. Not crowded at all yet so beautiful. To get a view of this beach you’ll have to ride Amtrak along the coast. The train takes you straight to the sand. The ride down from LA is so beautiful. Another wonderful Cali beach!
I rode the Amtrak down from LA for a day trip to Oceanside. I was pleasantly surprised. It’s truly a surfers beach but the average sunbather or beach goer are not forgotten either. The pier one of the longest ones I’ve ever seen. There isn’t much distance between the sand and a small street that runs along the main part of the beach. Kids beware. Even with all of the sounds you can hear the calming waves of the ocean loud and clear. Really cool beach. Go.
I am five states shy of visiting all fifty, the great state of California is hard to beat. The mountains, the deserts, canyons, valleys, all climate ranges and the beaches make California a state you must visit. Honey, it’s cold outside, are you California Dreamin’?