Five Parks to Visit in Santa Cruz and the Best Hike in Each

Santa Cruz is peppered with state parks and natural reserves throughout the county, which is part of the reason it’s such a wonderful place to visit and an even better place to live. For outdoor enthusiasts, Santa Cruz is nothing short of paradise. With hiking, biking, and walking trails that take you through forests, shaded […]

The Markaz: Middle East Arts Center in LA

The Markaz is an event center, art gallery, bookstore, and library, focused on the Middle East and North Africa. It’s a hidden gem in Los Angeles. The Markaz is open daily from 10AM – 6PM and visitors can browse the library collection, purchase a book from the bookstore, use the WiFi, or order a delicious cup […]

Malibu’s Ten Best Secret Beaches

About 7 miles North of Santa Monica on Pacific Coast Highway, you’ll come across a sign that says, “Malibu, 27 Miles of Scenic Beauty,” and it’s true. Malibu is basically a 27-mile long beach stretching from Topanga State Beach in the South to County Line Beach in the North. Even though there are some incredible public […]

Davenport Pier: An Abandoned Pier that is a Photographer’s Dream

Thanks to Dan for writing this fun guest post for us! This unique spot is the site of old concrete pier ruins in the small coastal village of Davenport, which now is just a set of concrete pylons that used to hold it up. Davenport is located just North of Santa Cruz, on the northern edge […]

Angel Island State Park: Hikes, History, Beaches & Camping

Angel Island State Park is a spectacular grass and woodland covered mountainous island just a stone’s skip away from the urban mecca that is San Francisco.  With incredibly rich history, unparalleled location, and a plethora of expansive views of the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the surrounding Bay Area (just imagine unzipping […]

Best Breweries in Southern California

Now I am by no means someone with an exceptional palette but I have braved many a donut shop or brewery on the hunt for my favorite. Since California is so big and I haven’t spent as much time up North as I would like, so I decided to constrain this list to the best […]

Five Interesting Places in San Diego You Wont See in a Guide Book

Looking to avoid the usual tourist clap-trap that some spots in San Diego can entail? These five spots are fascinating places you won’t want to miss on your next trip to San Diego, California. Like the five weird places in LA post, these recommendations are a bit off the beaten track, but definitely worth the trip so […]