Needing some California love this season? Head over to the west coast of the USA where there’s endless days of sunshine and spectacular coastal views
Also known as ‘Surf City USA’, Huntington Beach is visited my millions each year for it’s famous surf conditions on America’s west coast. If you’re not too keen to get in on this action, you can always relax on the sand and soak up the golden sunshine or take a stroll on the famous pier. The Huntington Beach Pier spans from Main Street to the Pacific Ocean and is 1,850 feet long, making it one of the longest piers on the West Coast. Many people stroll down the pier to catch views of the ocean and check out the several tourist shops along the pier, but you’ll also find local surfers and fishermen peering over the pier’s edge, scoping out the surf and the fishing scene.
Crystal Cove State Park
The rolling surf, sandy beaches, tide pools, gently sloping hills and deeply wooded canyons and ridges provide a stunning contrast to the urban surroundings. Crystal Cove is one of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore encompassing over a 5-kilometre stretch of beach and 1,400-acre marine conservation area. The park also features the federally listed Historic District; an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & 40’s and nestled around the mouth of Los Trancos Creek, as seen in the movie “Beaches” starring Bette Midler.
Comprising of 10 different beaches in this stretch of coastline, our favourite is one of the local’s secrets- Thousand Steps. Thousand Steps Beach is one of the largest beaches in South Laguna Beach, CA. It’s a wide sandy beach with volleyball courts, restrooms, and tide pools and caves to discover. There is a large cave at the south end of Thousand Steps Beach that you can enter when the tide is out and the entrance is exposed. You can walk all the way through this cave (which is actually a tunnel) to a tiny rocky cove on the other side. At the north end of Thousand Steps Beach there is another rock tunnel, but this one leads to a large excellent beach that you must see.
Rated "One of America's Top Beach Towns,” Carmel Beach is one of the most iconic spots on California's Central Coast. With it’s long, wide, white sandy beach that is hard to beat anywhere on the California Central Coast, Carmel is ideal for a quiet getaway from busy crowds. Some parts of this beach are clothing-optional at times especially at the north and south ends where secluded spots can be found.
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica State Beach is an iconic destination that draws visitors from around the globe. It is 3 miles long, covering 245 acres of sand along Santa Monica Bay. Enjoy the broad stretches of sandy beach, rolling waves, meandering bike and walking paths, and inspiring views of the Santa Monica Mountains year-round. Make sure you visit the famous Santa Monica Pier with it’s activities, rides and entertainment for all the family to enjoy.