Falling for The OC’s Beach Towns

Asked what it’s like to bodysurf one of the most famous breaks on Earth, a regular once opined, “It’s the closest thing to the great trauma of being born.”

“When Ole Hanson drove through here in the 1900s, nothing existed between San Juan Capistrano and Oceanside. He cooked up this dream that he wanted to have a ‘Spanish Village by the Sea,’ and unlike so many other developers, he wanted to have a clean slate.

Highlights and Headlines: Spring 2018

South Coast Region

Orange County Beach Towns

Balboa, Newport and CDM

50 Essential Western Travel Experiences. The Wedge, Newport Beach, CA

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Asked what it’s like to bodysurf one of the most famous breaks on Earth, a regular once opined, “It’s the closest thing to the great trauma of being born.” When a big swell hits the Wedge, already gigantic waves bounce off the jetty at the south end of Balboa Boulevard; combining with the next wave, they create magnificent, malevolent monsters that can top 25 feet.” sunset.com Kevork Djansezian / Getty

Green Day drummer Tré Cool gets $1.83 million for Newport Beach duplex

The property, touted as a “classic” beach community spot, is near Lido Marina Village and Lido House, a new, upscale hotel. Click through the slideshow for a tour.ocregister.com Marilyn Kalfus (Photo by Chris Snitko, ModernTake)

A Restaurant. Classically Hip Since 1926

Originally built as a restaurant and service station, construction began on The Arches in 1925, the same year Coast Highway opened up from Huntington Beach to Newport Beach. Founded by John Vilelle and James Sturgeon, it was named by 10 year old Victor Chatten in a contest advertised by them in the Balboa Times. The distinct Mediterranean style of the original buildings, with arches and red tile roofs, quickly made it a recognizable staple of Newport Beach as it helped to shape and inspire the town in its early stages.” arestaurantnb.com

Surf City USA – Huntington Beach

Irvine and Huntington Beach Make Top Ten List of Happiest Cities in America

WalletHub released a survey of the happiest cities in America. Our own Irvine and Huntington Beach are in the top 10 happiest cities, coming in at No. 8 and 9, respectively.” orangecoast.com Alan Gibbons

 

Huntington Beach News Staff

Editor Louis Paul Hart in suit and hat on right about 1915. Having begun with a paper edition in 1904 in Huntington Beach and in the years since, we continue to bring you the news of the people and events that other media’s bypass.” hbnews.us

Corky Carroll: Best beaches to surf in Orange County — for summer or winter, beginner to advanced

Intermediate to advanced: For the most consistent waves with the most power I would have to recommend the area closer to the Huntington Beach Pier. This is sort of the heart of one of the most aggressive surfing communities on the planet and where “the good guys” hang out. Also good in winter, although not as consistent due to Catalina, are the two spots in the Trestles area just south of San Clemente called Uppers and Church. The direction of the swells hits these two breaks perfectly in winter months.” ocregister.com Corky Carroll (File photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)”

South Orange County

90 Candles: San Clemente to Celebrate Its 90th Anniversary

Ole would advertise land tracts in newspapers in San Diego and Los Angeles, and people would come down and get a chicken dinner and the sales pitch. They could mark off lots if they wanted and put down their deposit,” Culbertson said. “When Ole Hanson drove through here in the 1900s, nothing existed between San Juan Capistrano and Oceanside. He cooked up this dream that he wanted to have a ‘Spanish Village by the Sea,’ and unlike so many other developers, he wanted to have a clean slate.” sanclementetimes.com By Eric Heinz

Why the swallows stopped returning to San Juan Capistrano and how people brought them back

Cliff swallows are one of more than 350 bird species that migrate along the Pacific Flyway. They stay in the Northern Hemisphere from March to October. But swallows aren’t returning to Mission San Juan Capistrano in the numbers they used to. A remodel of the mission in the 1990s removed nests from overhangs, and with that loss of habitat, swallows did not return to the mission.” mercurynews.com  By KURT SNIBBE | Southern California News Group

No Surf? How About a History Lesson?

On the surfing front, anybody who rides waves around here should have a brief appreciation for just how San Onofre came to be one of the birthplaces of surf culture on the West Coast. It was first surfed in the early 1920s, although it’s still debated who the first person to surf at San Onofre was. Some say it was Laguna Beach’s George “Peanuts” Larson. Others contend it was Matt Brown and Lorrin “Whitey” Harrison. Given that was nearly 100 years ago, the mystery will probably never be solved conclusively, but it’s fun to banter about.danapointtimes.com by Dana Point Times 

Laguna Beach

City of Laguna Beach – Diver’s Cove

Popular activities include swimming, skin and scuba diving, and body surfing. Hazardous and rip conditions are evident in all directions. This beach is steep and has a shore break under all conditions. The crack around the north point is always a potential hazard and should never be entered or approached too closely.” lagunabeachcity.net

 

 

Are You Ready for Natural Beauty and Awesome Adventures?

We’re nearing the end of our journey inching up the coast of California, town-by-town, beach-by-beach choosing roads that hug the Pacific Ocean whenever we can.

 

Looking for awesome vacations and potential second or first homes we’d love.

 

Highlights and Headlines: April 2018

South Coast Region

San Diego

Point Loma. 7 Things to Do, See, and Eat in Point Loma.

You know that a peninsula is worthy of national monument status when even the “new” lighthouse has been safely guiding ships into port for over 125 years. The city’s history can be traced back to this very spot, and today the area is dotted with pristine marinas, dockside dining, and miles of walking and hiking paths that beckon locals and tourists alike who are looking for fun on the waterfront.” By: San Diego Magazine sandiego.org 

North County, San Diego

Del Mar. Ultimate California beach house wants $18.75M.

This beach house in Del Mar, in San Diego County, is the stuff of dreams—and magazines. Recently featured on the cover of Dream Homes magazine, the 1982 home was designed by architect Sim Bruce Richards, a Taliesin fellow, and the influences of Frank Lloyd Wright are clear.” By Lauren Ro  Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Orange County Beach Towns

South Orange County

Capistrano. More Sharks Offshore, But Don’t Panic. 

Experts Say We’re not on the Menu. Whale-watchers spot a young white shark off Capistrano Beach last May aboard Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari from Dana Point.” By Rita Robinson.  lagunabeachindy.com Photo courtesy of Jason and Jenny Armstrong.

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach. Art Ninjas Add Local Color by Stealth.

Muralist Jeff Lavinsky during installation of “Main Beach Mandala, located south of Main Beach. lagunabeachindy.com Photo courtesy of Jeff Lavinsky.

 

Balboa, Newport and CDM

Newport Beach. Gray whale entangled off the Wedge in Newport Beach; rescue efforts halted for the day.

Leslie Evarts saw the gray whale in the distance from her Laguna Beach home, grabbed her stand-up paddleboard and rushed out to the water, with hopes of seeing the 30-foot sea creature up close.” By LAYLAN CONNELLY Orange County Register Photo courtesy of Ryan Lawler, Newport Coastal Adventure 

Surf City USA – Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach. FIVB Huntington Beach Open: Humana-Paredes, Pavan outlast April Ross, Alix Klineman.

USA’s Alix Klineman, left, and partner April Ross get tangled up during their three-set loss to Canada’s Sarah Pavin and Melissa Humana-Paredes on Friday at the FIVB Huntington Beach Open.” BOB KEISSER | Press-Enterprise (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Naples to Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Long Beach. Tacos and Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo — the best in the Long Beach area.

 Tacos are popular in Southern California, whether they’re basic with ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese, or more elaborate creations, such as these Brisket tacos.” By MERRILL SHINDLER | MrEats@aol.com |presstelegram.com (File photo) 

South Bay

Malibu. Malibu Surfrider Beach.

Malibu Lagoon is comprised of 22 acres of wetlands, gardens, and sandy beach, while Malibu “Surfrider” Beach has almost a mile of ocean frontage with 0.7 acres of property, and famous Malibu Pier is a great place for saltwater fishing.beaches.lacounty.gov 

 

Ventura County

Ventura. California’s Ventura County Coast: Surf, Style & Shakespeare.

As I learned firsthand this summer, the entire Ventura County Coast, comprising the cities of Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, and Hueneme, on the southern end of California’s central coast, offers many such glorious juxtapositions, embracing surfing, style, Shakespeare, and much more.” By Robert Firpo-Cappiello budgettravel.com  Courtesy Ventura County Coast

Islands along the Pacific Coast

Catalina Island. Avalon Harbor Lights Tour.

Experience the romance and mystery of Catalina by night on this narrated adventure into the hills above historic Avalon. Your open air biofuel Hummer will take you east along the waterfront past Lover’s Cove before heading up to Mt. Ada for spectacular views of the twinkling city and harbor lights below.visitcatalinaisland.com 

Central Coast Region

Santa Barbara County

Montecito. Cheers to Montecito – Visit Santa Barbara.

Along the coast of The American Riviera® lies the town of Montecito, a seaside haven that balances sweeping coastal views and a savory culinary scene. Treat yourself to an extended vacation full of indulgent restaurants, premium wines and coastal bliss.santabarbaraca.com 

San Luis Obispo County

Avila Beach Dining | California Highway One Coast Road Trip.

Our Central Coast beach-side location holds beautiful views with a casual atmosphere. An excellent dining experience is our top priority. Our menu has something for everyone…fresh fish, hand cut steaks, refreshing salads and our specialty appetizers. We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. Come and have a drink at our cocktail bar, or dine on our outdoor patio while gazing out across the beautiful San Luis Bay.http://highway1discoveryroute.com 

Monterey County

Big Sur. 3 Days in Monterey and Big Sur.

En route, you’ll pitstop on the Monterey Peninsula before snaking along through the wilderness of Big Sur. It needs our tourism more than ever, after suffering near economic catastrophe when it was cut off from the outside world during the winter storm season 2017; bridges were destroyed and roads blocked at both its northern and southern reaches. Thankfully, for locals and visitors alike, the northern section has already reopened, across Pfeiffer Canyon, but the southern connection, at Ragged Point, is still under construction (scheduled to open late 2018 but check with CalTrans for fresh updates). “ Crystal Le blog.thedyrt.com Getty Images

Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz: 5 places to catch a good wave.

Steamer Lane is one of the best surfing breaks on the West Coast.ELLIOTT ALMOND (Shmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel) 

 

Peninsula Region

Half Moon Bay.  12 Reasons to Love The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay.

The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay was the perfect place for our staycation.  We were not only able to catch up after my week in New York City, but escape the everyday of our area.  We were able to relax without the pressure of needing to do anything and everything (in true Jess- fashion), but could focus our energy on ourselves.  There’s no such thing as the go-go-go attitude at the Ritz, and just being there instantly puts you into a calm and relaxed state.” JESSICA  apassionandapassport.com 

San Francisco Region

San Francisco. New Hotel in a Former Military Barracks Has a Breathtaking View of the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Come June 27, Lodge at the Presidio will open as San Francisco’s closest hotel to the Golden Gate Bridge. The three-story building was constructed between 1895 and 1897 as military barracks on Infantry Row for the U.S. Army. The exterior has been entirely preserved, and the renovated interior will have historical elements and spectacular views of the bridge, Alcatraz, and the city skyline.” Miranda Smith afar.com  Courtesy of the Presidio Trust

North Bay Region

Marin County. 15 Of The Best Beaches In California To Visit.

Stinson Beach is a mere 20 miles north of the city of San Francisco and two and a half miles from the secluded (and totally lovely) Bolinas Bay. Once here, make sure you take a dip in the ocean as it’s highly rated as one of the best beaches in California for swimming. If you’re more of a rambler, then take the California hiking trails from the beach lead you to Mount Tamalpais State Park.handluggageonly.co.uk/ 

North Coast Region

Sonoma Coast

Bodega Bay. Escape Reality With a Weekend on the Sonoma Coast.

It can be hard to wrap your mind around Sonoma County, an area that starts 45 miles north of San Francisco. It’s nearly the size of Delaware and encompasses rolling vineyards, dense redwood forests and, perhaps most surprisingly, a wild and foggy stretch of coast. Many tourists know that this shoreline includes the fishing village of Bodega Bay, where Hitchcock filmed “The Birds,” but the Sonoma Coast has many other draws for travelers.Rachel Ward wheretraveler.com/ The coastline along Highway 1. (Courtesy Timber Cove Resort)

Mendocino Coast

Gualala.  Gualala Country Inn.

Hike the trails of the pristine ocean beaches, explore the Redwood forests, or kayak the Gualala River. Dive for the abalone or golf the local Scottish links-style PGA quality golf course.gualalacountryinn.com/ 

 

Humboldt County

Orick. Beaches in Orick, CA.

Surrounded by parks and a natural setting, the small town of Orick offers plenty of outdoor recreation. Humboldt Lagoons State Park offers a marshland habitat of native birds, animals and plants. It is also a prime location for fishing, boating and hiking. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, meanwhile, is most famous as the filming site of the movie Jurassic Park II. In reality, though, this natural area is a haven for preservation of native redwood forest.” californiabeaches.com 

Del Norte County

Klamath. Historic Requa Inn, Klamath, CA.

With more than a century of history, the Historic Requa Inn offers a quaint bed and breakfast in remote Klamath. Uniquely tucked away within a World Heritage Site, towering redwoods surround the inn, with various state parks, recreation areas and the coast all within a 40-minute drive.californiabeaches.com 

What You Missed in March

Magnificent trees, a comfy inn and plenty of adventure.

 

It’s the closest thing to the great trauma of being born. When a big swell hits the Wedge, already gigantic waves bounce off the jetty at the south end of Balboa Boulevard

 

Highlights and Headlines: March 2018

South Coast Region

San Diego

La Jolla Cove. Southern California isn’t exactly known for its snorkeling — the strong waves usually make it tough to see much of anything — but La Jolla Cove, just north of San Diego, is an exception. The area is ringed by tall cliffs that protect the cove from big waves, allowing curious snorkelers to explore its underwater scene. Be on the lookout for leopard sharks, sea lions and dolphins. By Allyson Reedy Shutterstock

North County
Del Mar | Hot Property – A Del Mar estate built for activist investor David Batchelder has sold for $21.5 million, making it the most expensive home sold in San Diego County in more than a decade. (Sam Chen)

Orange County Beach Towns

South Orange County
Dana Point. “On the surfing front, anybody who rides waves around here should have a brief appreciation for just how San Onofre came to be one of the birthplaces of surf culture on the West Coast. It was first surfed in the early 1920s, although it’s still debated who the first person to surf at San Onofre was. Some say it was Laguna Beach’s George “Peanuts” Larson. Others contend it was Matt Brown and Lorrin “Whitey” Harrison. Given that was nearly 100 years ago, the mystery will probably never be solved conclusively, but it’s fun to banter about.” Dana Point Times Jake Howard

Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach. “The five star Montage Laguna Beach resort receive a five-star rating from the Forbes Travel Guide for its hotel, restaurant and spa. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)”

 

Balboa, Newport and CDM
Balboa Peninsula. Asked what it’s like to bodysurf one of the most famous breaks on Earth, a regular once opined, “It’s the closest thing to the great trauma of being born.” When a big swell hits the Wedge, already gigantic waves bounce off the jetty at the south end of Balboa Boulevard; combining with the next wave, they create magnificent, malevolent monsters that can top 25 feet.

Surf City USA – Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach. Irvine and Huntington Beach Make Top Ten List of Happiest Cities in America. WalletHub released a survey of the happiest cities in America. Our own Irvine and Huntington Beach are in the top 10 happiest cities, coming in at No. 8 and 9, respectively. Orange Coast Magazine Alan Gibbons

Naples to Palos Verdes Peninsula
Long Beach. Calls for more research, education as great white shark population grows off California. “Chris Lowe, director of the Shark Lab at CSU Long Beach, said the shark population is recovering at time when more and more people are swimming, surfing and paddle boarding along the coast.” (Photo: AP FILE PHOTO) Cheri Carlson vcstar.com

South Bay

Redondo Beach. As you may infer from its name Redondo Beach features a mile and a half of sandy beachfront as you venture south of the marina and pier area. timeout.com

 

Ventura County

Ojai. Hotels & Resorts in Ojai California | Ojai Visitors Bureau | Things to Do in Ojai. Nestled in a scenic valley surrounded by citrus groves and natural beauty, Ojai is easy to explore while taking in the sights along the way. This is the perfect destination for family vacations in Southern California. Looking for a girlfriends getaway? Golf vacation? Romantic weekend? Solo getaway? Ojai has something for everyone. ojaivisitors.com

Islands along the Pacific Coast

Anacapa Island. “Anacapa is the closest island to the mainland, just 12 miles from the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. Most of Island Packers departures to East Anacapa Island are from our location in the Channel Islands Harbor. islandpackers.com

Central Coast Region

Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara. “Review: Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara. “The former Hotel Vista Mar Monte opened to grand fanfare in 1931. It is a California classic. There is not one hotel building but three…and they are not connected.” MATTHEW. liveandletsfly.com

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo. “Welcome to Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. For more than two centuries, Mission San Luis Obispo has greeted travelers, pilgrims and guests with open doors and a place to rest. At the crossroads of the Central California coast, the Mission lends heart and spirit to its vibrant surrounding community. We hope you will visit us. We are open year-round.” missionsanluisobispo.org

Monterey County
Monterey. Experience Monterey Bay at This Historic Hotel Overlooking the Surf. 30 percent off Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, a classic coastal gem perched over a magnificent bay. Don’t miss the rooftop spa and the seafood restaurant with ocean views. Courtesy of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. travelandleisure.com

Santa Cruz County
Judge’s tentative ruling clears the way for potentially huge fines against Coastal Commissioners. Five former and current members of the California Coastal Commission face hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for allegedly not properly disclosing private meetings with developers and others, under a 2016 lawsuit. Joshua Emerson Smith. sandiegouniontribune.com

Peninsula Region

Half Moon Bay. Sam’s Chowder House: Brings the Coastside to the Table. Sam’s Chowder House sits steps from the shore with front row views of the Pacific—close enough to spy migrating whales leap from the water—and exceptional seafood that’s gained a loyal following and a shout-out on the Today Show. Yet, the family-owned and operated restaurant offers more than great views and grub. www.visithalfmoonbay.org

San Francisco Region

Ocean Beach. Want to Fight Sea Level Rise? Look to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. The problem at Ocean Beach will only get worse, because the sea has nothing to do but rise in this era of rapid climate change. So will San Francisco spend the rest of its days shoveling sand in a quixotic battle against inevitability? Far from it—it’s all part of a plan to adapt to inevitability, which could set precedent for how this and other coastal cities fight rising seas. MATT SIMON SCIENCE wired.dom GETTY IMAGES

North Bay Region

Marin. West Marin saloon nurturing a new live music scene. “As the modern world speeds along at breakneck speed, challenging us all to keep up, there are still outposts from old Marin that survive and even flourish. One of them is the Papermill Creek Saloon at 1 Castro St. in Forest Knolls, a 110-year-old watering hole in the heart of the forested San Geronimo Valley that proudly advertises itself as “the best historic dive bar in Marin.”” Paul Liberatore marinij.com

North Coast Region

Sonoma Coast
Sonoma County. A Sonoma Wine Maker’s Locavore Favorites. A native of Sonoma County, Tom Gore Vineyards owner Tom Gore grew up farming and studied agriculture before launching his own wine brand. Felicia Feaster. Tim Gore Vineyards

Mendocino Coast
Mendocino. Bed and Breakfast Mendocino County. “For those who cherish the renewing power of California’s wild and beautiful North Coast, the AWARD-WINNING North Coast Country Inn Bed and Breakfast is a haven to be returned to again and again.” northcoastcountryinn.com

Humboldt County
Redwood National Park: Magnificent trees, a comfy inn and plenty of adventure. Drifting fog adds drama to Northern California’s coastline near Redwood National and State Parks. (Courtesy Marta Yamamoto) www.mercurynews.com

 

Del Norte County
See the Del Norte County Beaches. Del Norte County is the northernmost county in California and, like Humboldt County to the south, it has more wild remote beaches than urban beaches. Crescent City is the largest city in the county and it is located near the mid-point of the Del Norte Coast. californiabeaches.com

What You Missed in September

So, shh.  Don’t tell them I told you. Here’s what you missed along the South Coast Region.  They’re in no hurry to encourage you to return to their local playgrounds.

From Point Loma in San Diego to Carlsbad in North County
Here’s a handful of beaches that don’t get the credit — or the crowds — that they deserve.

While you’re busy with back-to-school schedules and work routines, locals celebrate open parking spots on narrow beach streets.  They celebrate bright gorgeous sunsets which illuminate Catalina Island on a darkening horizon.

So, shh.  Don’t tell them I told you about what you missed along the South Coast Region They’re in no hurry to encourage you to return to their local playgrounds.

Top Ten After Labor Day Stories

1. Part seven of our Seattle to San Diego excursion sets off from Santa Monica and makes a lazy path along some of Southern California’s most memorable stops before ending up in idyllic Laguna Beach. From the historic grandeur of the Queen Mary to surf-loving stretches of Huntington Beach, from Newport Beach’s seafood palaces to the alluring cottages of Crystal Cove, it’s a sunlit sojourn. Coastal Living.

From San Diego to Ventura Beach Towns

2.  “The gray whale, who was between 15 to 18 feet long, was spotted in Dana Point Harbor. It swam into a shallow children’s area called Baby Beach and circled a pier.” Daily Mail.

This aerial photo provided by DolphinSafari.com
  1.  “Luckily for San Diegans, with a little effort, you can almost always find a mellow surf spot that isn’t overrun with 12-year-old surfing prodigies and semi-professionals without day jobs. Here’s a handful of beaches that don’t get the credit — or the crowds — that they deserve. Thrillist.
From Point Loma in San Diego to Carlsbad in North County
  • Carlsbad– Terramar
  • South Carlsbad – Ponto
  • Cardiff-by-the-Sea – George’s
  • Del Mar – 8th Street
  • North Pacific Beach – Tourmaline (Old Man’s)
  • Ocean Beach – Pescadero (aka Pesky)
  • Point Loma – Garbage, Sunset Cliffs

4.  Hundreds of local surfers and ocean lovers made a symbolic pollution awareness statement when they fought through choppy waves like warriors and paddled all the way around the Ocean Beach Pier. San Diego Union Tribune

Pollution Awareness in Ocean Beach.

5.  “The Lido Bridge is a popular place for kids to jump into the water in Newport Beach and authorities are trying to make the danger apparent to the public. Los Angeles Times (File Photo)”

Look Before You Don’t Leap in Lido.

6.  “U.S. News recently published an article on the “Top 6 Experiences in Southern California” and we are proud to say that each (and more!) is found in Ventura, a laid-back beach town. Ventura has fantastic weather year-round, earning it descriptions like “the land of eternal spring.” Whether you want to surf, paddle-board, kayak, jet ski, catch a professional surfing tournament or take a surf lesson from a professional surfer, we have it all.” Visit Ventura

Visit Ventura

7. An Airstream perched above Malibu, California is available for rent starting at $500 per night. All photos via Airbnb. Curbed.

Malibu Dreaming

8. Newport Beach. “The Balboa Peninsula institution, which opened in 1977, played a slideshow of pictures from the 1980s through the 2000s. Many guests were couples who met at the bar.” Daily Pilot.

50 Years at Malarky’s

9.“The yacht Stimulus is docked on Balboa Island. A man who stole it in 2014 was arrest on suspicion of trying to steal it again on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Newport Beach. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Orange County Register/SCNG)”

(Courtesy of Craig Brewer)

10.Newport Beach. The program would last 1 to 2 years. The buoys are equipped with software that detects sharks larger than six feet and beams a signal to lifeguards so they can investigate or close a beach when one is spotted.

Beware. Beach Closings.

The software can tell the difference between a shark, seal, and dolphin, says Aussie surfer Ian Cairns, who lives in Orange County and is a representative for the company.  “You have a virtual barrier that simply enables sharks to be detected and within seconds the lifeguards are notified about an incursion,” he says.

Top Ten Best West Road Trip Summer Stories

“The sharks are now getting bigger. They may be able to tolerate slightly cooler conditions. The bigger they get, the less likely they are to migrate…”

Beware. Beach Closings.
“24th annual Civil War reenactment goes forward in Huntington Beach. Despite increased tensions around the country surrounding Confederate monuments.”

 

1. Big Sur –  Central Coast:  Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties.

“Every day, the isolated stretch of Big Sur loses $300,000 in revenues, according to Kirk Gafill, manager of the world-famous restaurant Nepenthe. San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties could face a $554 million loss in revenue due to closures, according to a recent study by Visit California, which promotes tourism. The economic impact could ripple out further, if visitors cancel summer plans to the Golden State. “Santa Cruz Sentinel

2. Sharks – South Coast Region: Capistrano, Dana Point. Oceanside. Central Coast Region: Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara. Peninsula Region: Half Moon Bay.

“Sharks are thriving in Southern California but dying in San Francisco Bay. In Southern California, great white sharks have begun to arrive after spending the winter off Baja California. Recently, one of the sharks bit a chunk out of a mother’s leg as she swam off San Onofre State Beach.

Shark bite victim. “A doctor said the victim was “remarkably calm” through the ordeal, adding her strong physical condition was a major factor in her survival. Korcsmaros is an aerobics and fitness trainer in Corona del Mar and a mother of three — aged 16, 22, and 24. Korcsmaros had multiple tooth marks on her right side, extending from her shoulder in a semicircular pattern to her lower pelvis. She also had lacerations on her right arm, an open chest wound and multiple rib fractures and had lost about a liter of blood, doctors said.” Los Angeles Times

Beware. Beach Closings.

“Lifeguard crews who had been searching by boat and helicopter for shark activity in the water off Newport Beach reopened the state beach. Lifeguards had reopened the beach between the Balboa Pier and the Wedge.”Los Angeles Times

Dana Point. San Cemente.““The best evidence I have is that the last two winters none of those animals have migrated south to Baja but one — a 2-year-old, 8-foot shark,” Lowe told patch.com. “That, we attribute to El Nino because the water [temperature] never got below 60 degrees. “The sharks are now getting bigger. They may be able to tolerate slightly cooler conditions. The bigger they get, the less likely they are to migrate ” patch.com

“Surfers are back at it again off Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz, just one day after a shark attack near Steamer Lane. Over on Santa Cruz Main Beach, locals and tourists sat on blankets and chairs enjoying Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk free movies on the beach.” KSBW

Santa Barbara County. We were in waist-deep, blue-green surf at Padaro Beach, the sweet little stretch of paradise you can see from Highway 101 at Santa Claus Lane. It was late morning on Sunday, a gray, cool day, with surprisingly warm water. Los Angeles Times.

Half Moon Bay. A tape measure shows the spread of teeth marks in Pat Conroy’s kayak. HM Review.

3. Best and Worst Beaches. South Coast Region. Central Coast Region. San Diego, San Clemente and Santa Cruz.

Fabulous Fun at the Hotel del Coronado

Coronado Beach dropped from No. 7 last year to No. 9 this year. The website describes the beach fronting the Hotel del Coronado as the “toast of Southern California; it is a veritable oasis by the sea …” Dr. Beach.

“The San Clemente Pier came in No. 2 on Heal the Bay’s annual top 10 Beach Bummer List. Shark sightings have closed stretches of the beach recently, but swimmers should also worry about bacteria levels.” (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Santa Cruz. In 2017, only the third most contaminated. In October, the city-created Cowell Beach Working Group released data that recent steps to address the issue, believed to be caused by animal waste, had reduced bacteria counts by about 50 percent.

4. Mavericks. Peninsula Region. Usually a winter story. In May contest crashes. 

The End of The Big Surf Competition?

“Mavericks Invitational board member Brian Overfelt itemized that claim. He said it includes $1.25 million left unpaid per an intellectual property agreement with Cartel, $450,000 in remuneration for his work and that of contest founder Jeff Clark and his wife Cassandra, $360,000 in sponsorships lined up before Cartel allegedly scuttled them, and $85,000 or 10 percent of the gross revenues made by Cartel on the Mavericks name.” HMB Review.

“In August a 95-page “motion to sell” submitted to the court on Wednesday, the former surf contest organizers detailed their wishes to turn over the reins to the World Surf League. HMB” Revew.

5. Martins Beach. Peninsula Region. Vinod Khosla. Surfrider Foundation. 

“The ruling, filed Wednesday, doesn’t settle the tangle of litigation over public entry to the sweeping crescent south of Half Moon Bay. But it does affirm a lower court decision that billionaire Vinod Khosla has to unlock the gate to Martins Beach Road while the legal fight continues.” LA Times.

Access Denied. Granted. Still Not Open.

“The controversy over Martins Beach began in 2010, when Khosla closed a gate at the top of a private road that provides the only access to the cove from Highway 1. The previous owners, the Deeney family, had allowed the public to visit the beach for decades — advertising the spot with a billboard and operating a store and restrooms — in exchange for a modest parking fee.” Mercury News.

“The family that sold Martin’s Beach had, for almost a century, allowed surfers, fishing enthusiasts and others to reach the sand on foot or by car via an access road. Eventually the family provided public restrooms, a parking lot and a general store. Khosla posted “do not enter” signs, hired security and shut the gate.” LA Times.

6.  US Open in Huntington Beach – South Coast Region

“Thousands will crowd the shoreline Saturday through Aug. 6 for the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, as they did here in 2015.” (File photo | Daily Pilot)

Surf City’s Open

“Huntington Beach´s Brett Simpson surfs the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier, site of the U.S. Open of Surfing on July 29-Aug. 6. Simpson, who won the contest in 2009 and 2010, will try to become the first three-time winner since Rob Machado won it in 1995, 2001 and 2006.” (Courtesy of Brian Bott) LA Times

7.  Jack O’Neal – Central Coast: Santa Cruz, Pleasure Point

Jack O’Neill Windsurfs in Santa Cruz.

“Jack O’Neill windsurfs off Santa Cruz August 5, 1982. Inventor of the wetsuit and surfing world icon, O’Neill died at his Pleasure Point home Friday.” (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel file)

“On Sunday, thousands gathered at Pleasure Point, both in the water and on the cliffs, to remember surfing legend Jack O’Neill.” (William Scherer — Contributed) Santa Cruz Sentinel

8. 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love

“50th anniversary of the Summer of Love this year, it’s time to chill, man. Here are places in San Francisco and the Bay Area to celebrate the Summer of Love:” LA Times

“1960s art is all over Haight-Ashbury, ground zero for the Summer of Love. This mural, of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, is seen on a Wild SF Walking Tour.” LA Times

50th Anniversary of that Lovin’ Feeling.

“Perhaps no art form more exemplifies San Francisco’s Summer of Love than the music of the era. It led an explosion of culture and expression in the balmy summer months of 1967, and a counterculture revolution swept through the city by the bay. Tens of thousands of young folks swarmed to the Haight-Ashbury and Golden Gate Park, and they brought with them the sounds of change.” SFTravel.

9. Monterey Pop 50th Anniversary. Central Coast. Monterey. Debut of Jimi Hendrix

Hendrix, Joplin and Garcia.

At the 1967 festival, the lineup spanned the sweet folk-rock of Simon & Garfunkel and the Mamas & the Papas, the scorching R&B of Redding, the fiery blues-rock of Joplin and her San Francisco-based band Big Brother & the Holding Company, the blue-eyed soul of Johnny Rivers and the exotic ragas of Shankar. LA Times.

10. Confederate Celebrations Where the North and South Compete. North Coast Region: Duncans Mills. South Coast Region: Huntington Beach

Civil War West Coast Style

24th annual Civil War reenactment goes forward in Huntington Beach. Despite increased tensions around the country surrounding Confederate monuments.

Duncans Mills Northern California’s largest civil war reenactment and one of the largest reenactments west of the Mississippi!