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.

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