Central Coast Beaches
Lompoc has Ocean Beach and Jalama Beach
(but Harvey…)
More to come...

Great Southern California Beaches

  • Let's start at Malibu and work our way south to Santa Monica Beach where you can visit the Camera Obscura (if you can find it!) and relive the end of "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" and then to Venice Beach for t-shirts, tatoos, and tourists
  • Manhattan and Hermosa Beaches for volleyball and the strand crowds with rollerbladers, etc
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula from Malaga Cove where you can watch the surfing at Haggarty's then to the tide pools at White Point and to the protected grunion runs supervised by the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
  • Belmont Shores in Long Beach and catch some windsurfing and maybe a gondola ride.
  • If you'd like to see birds, bring your binoculars and walk around the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, continue south to Huntington Beach and experience a surfing contest near the pier
  • Let me know where you found parking on Balboa in Newport Beach and/or try a gondola ride (this is a couples thing so make reservations for this one!)
  • At Corona Del Mar Beach just south of Newport Beach there are cliffs and sea stacks.
  • Check out Bird Rock at Laguna Beach and don't miss the happy hour at Las Brisas (it's south up the hill, nice views there too)
  • San Onofre requires a hike down some dusty cliffs but the surfers say it's worth it and you don't have crowds
  • If you like songs from musicals, the best way to appreciate the Carlsbad shoreline is to look south from La Costa Restaurant in Leucadia.
  • Try to find Stonesteps Beach by turning off El Portal, you can have a great walk wading thru the incoming tide along the undercut cliffs
  • Moonlight beach in Encinitas and Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach are good swimming spots
  • La Jolla Cove in the winter when it's less crowded but that swim is cold!

Have been to Oahu and Kauai.

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