Summer has arrived and here in California, that means sunny days ahead and perfect weather for the beach. Let’s be real…any day is a good day for the beach. We are fortunate to have some of the most beautiful beaches. Whether you are a surfer, splasher, or sunbather the perfect beach awaits you.
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Victoria Beach is a romantic getaway great for couples in desperate need of some alone time. Make your way down the long stairway down to the Victoria Tour. This medieval structure was built in 1926 which lead the homeowners above straight down to the beach. Once you are at the beach enjoy the gorgeous sunset that will make you feel like you are living a story from a Danielle Steel novel. Pack your favorite picnic basket with some wine, cheese, and maybe even some chocolate covered strawberries to set the mood.
If you have offspring that won’t allow you to a private getaway with your honey, head on over to Dana Point Harbor Beach (aka Baby Beach). This family-friendly beach is in the protected waters of Dana Point Harbor. There is a small beach that is roped off for families and has a lifeguard on hand. Behind the beach, you will find a grass park for picnicking and sunbathing. The kids will want to explore the Pilgrim, a replica of a historic ship. Surely the kids are bound to fall asleep on the ride back home giving you some time to change the kid toons to something more age-appropriate.
One of my personal favorite beaches is Newport Beach. This cute beach has a pier perfect for a late-night stroll where you can admire fisherman hard at work fighting off hungry seals stealing their bate and fish. If you enjoy actually getting into the water, then, of course, you will want to go during the day. Parking is not terrible, and it is right off the beach. Your toes will touch the sand right out of the car. I might be exaggerating a little. The parking lot shares a cute little strip of stores and eateries. You can try anything from Mexican favorite antojitos to Boba drinks and ice cream. If you aren’t a foody, you can check out the bar right next door as well. If you are saving your appetite for a hearty meal you can find the Old Spaghetti Factory right across the street and you can also park there for $10 to head over to the beach. You know how the sun and water build up a massive appetite.
Aliso Beach is also a great family-friendly beach. This beach features a tidepool exploration, but please don’t touch! Aliso Beach also has sandcastle building activities. If you ask me aside from convenient parking what a beach must-have, the answer is… a snack bar! Which this beach has. A fully stocked concession stand with all your guilty pleasures. This is perfect for you if you don’t feel like toting snacks and bags around. There is so much you can do at the beach such as sunbath, surf, boogie board, paddleboard, but you absolutely cannot fish or take any marine life home. I personally don’t feel like that’s asking much, it only makes sense to protect our environment, admire from afar and not disturb anything.
I also love fire pits, seriously, anywhere there is a firepit I am a happy girl. Huntington Beach offers fire pits and wood for sale so you and your guests can enjoy a beautiful fire by the beach. I mean even just saying that gives me immediate tranquility. Picture yourself alone or with your preferred person or people sitting near a bonfire, admiring the sunset and ocean breeze. When I first moved out to California, this was on my top 5 things to do right away. Parking has been said to be expensive, so make sure you leave with enough time to park as close as possible in the cheapest and safest area. The beach also has a long pier that has one of my favorite restaurants which is Ruby’s Diner. The burgers and shakes are absolutely delicious. The last time I was there we ate outside the restaurant overlooking the ocean and I was lucky enough to view 3 dolphins. It was pretty memorable. You need to check this place out if you haven’t already and if you have, take your family and friends.
California is well known for many things and the activities are endless, but nothing beats good old-fashioned fun in the sun beach day. Free Vitamin D that’s good for your bones, good minerals in the water, and sand as a natural exfoliator. Your mind and body will be in peace from being so relaxed to think of the regular worries. Always be cautious and respectful, remember we are so small compared to the nature wonders of the world. Have good safe fun and make memories to last a lifetime. 😊
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