Pelican State Beach: Last Beach in California

As the Northernmost state beach in California, Pelican State Beach is a small, beautiful and eerie stretch of sand. It is located only 3 minutes drive from the Oregon border and with no sign leading to it and a road that looks like it hasn’t been maintained in year it is a remote but beautiful place to […]

Natural Bridges State Beach: A Beach & A Sunset You Will Never Want To Leave

Oh Pacific Coast Highway, why are you so amazing? This small beach located 2 minutes off Highway One in Santa Cruz holds a rock arch that would even put Pfieffer State Beach to shame. It is a majestic and beautiful full arch about 15 feet out in the water that haunts you with its beauty and […]

Seacliffs State Beach: Sunken Ship at the End of the Pier in Aptos, CA

This historic state park in Aptos is a photographers dream, it features a pier with a half-submerged World War I ship sitting at the end of it. This ship and pier will make you feel like you are in some sort of post-apocalyptic world where people are playing in the shadow of a broken down […]

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 […]

Leo Carrillo State Park and Campground

I love the pristine coastline of Malibu. It is a beautiful escape near LA and even though the first part of the city has a lot of buildings blocking the coastal views, as you travel down PCH it gets more rural and provides lots of amazing vistas, like Point Dume. I had been wanting to […]

Imperial Beach: A Museum, a Pretzel & a Pier

Located right above the Tijuana Estuary this beach city has less of the hustle that most San Diego beaches do and because of that is able to maintain the small beach town vibe more easily. Imperial Beach the city is the Southern most beach city in California and if you proceed South the last thing […]

San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura

As far as beaches go, for me I am simply concerned with  how clean is it and how many people are there. These two questions often go hand in hand as many of the nice beaches in SoCal are heavily visited and not always kept up. This is not the case for San Buenaventura State […]

The 5 Most Unknown Spots in San Diego

Consider this a challenge, San Diego. I am a non-native Californian. I have lived among you for a long time. I hate to say it, but I know more about your city and your county than any native. I’ve kept quiet about this for years, but when I saw this blog post on Josh’s blog, […]

San Clemente Beach Trail – Walk or Bike Along the Beach

As far as beaches in Southern California go, San Clemente will always have a special place in my heart. I learned to surf and caught my first wave on the beach to the right of the pier and I spent many a college day pursuing the next wave and eating at Pedro’s Tacos. Unbeknownst to me (thanks SocalHiker) there […]

Bluffs Trail in Montaña de Oro

I was looking for a nice little adventure after spending a night at the Madonna Inn and I literally stumbled on the Montaña de Oro State Park which includes the Bluffs Trail. About 5 miles South of Morro Bay, this stretch of coast is one of the more beautiful and easy access hiking areas in the central coast. The highlight […]