Weekend Trip to California's Golden Coast - Road trip Pt. 2/3
Coming from the middle of the desert you could imagine our excitement as we drove over the final hill, the hill that made way for that beautiful ocean view. We followed the busy Pacific Coast Highway up to Malibu beach, a quick drive if you take away the bumper to bumper traffic we managed to find ourselves in that Friday afternoon. We spent two nights in Malibu followed by two nights in our favorite coastal city. The city that someday we both hope to call home.
This is Pt. 2/3 of our road trip.
Pt. 1 ARIZONA → Pt. 2 CALIFORNIA → Pt. 3 COLORADO
We arrived at our Airbnb and couldn't wait to get settled into our humble abode. The view from the deck and living room made the beach look irresistible. Something we love about Airbnb is the affordability of a place like this, making the ease of slipping away for the weekend that much more enjoyable. Immediately we threw on our swimsuits and made the quick, barefoot and beautiful, walk across the street to the private side of Malibu beach.
Our first day was spent close to “home” where we practically lived at the beach. We danced in the sand and walked around the neighborhood admiring the homes on the side of the hill. We ended the day with a home cooked, candle lit dinner and enjoyed a bottle of wine on the patio with the soothing waves in the background. Vacay mode in full effect.
Where to Beach:
El Matador Beach — by Jamie Kullman
→ El Matador Beach, Malibu: This public beach was absolutely stunning and unlike anything else in the area. You take a few sets of stairs down the cliffs side where you eventually hit the warm sand. We loved the large rock formations here as they add to the uniqueness of the place. This is the perfect location for photos!
TIP: Bring a blanket and pack a picnic. It's a must for any successful beach day!
NOTE: El Matador Beach is busy during the weekends and metered parking fills up quickly, but it's usually pretty easy to find parking if you're patient. Also, dogs typically aren't allowed on this beach. Charlie has special doggie privileges.
Trust me, this is a must-see for any beach goer!
Where to Eat:
The Sunset, Malibu — by Jamie Kullman
← The Sunset, Malibu: Enjoy The Sunset’s eclectic seafood twist on classic Californian cuisine. This beach bungalow is the perfect place to watch the sunset and you'll have an ocean view from almost everywhere in the dining room.
Views from the beach right in front of The Sunset — by Jamie Kullman
The world famous Venice Beach is not to be missed! We stopped here on our way to San Diego and it was a nice change of pace as it's a busier area. Venice is right outside L.A and is the place to go to get away from the hustle of the big city.
This beach town has an incredible vibe and many things to do. Spend your day relaxing on the beach, sipping cocktails on a rooftop or searching for the perfect souvenir.
→Venice Beach Boardwalk: It's mile and a half boardwalk is lined with local artists, shops, bars and restaurants.
Known as the “Jewel” of San Diego this cities rich culture and eclectic neighborhood is the place we want to call home someday! We chose to get around La Jolla on bikes that way we were able to see it like the locals and not have to stress about parking. Our Airbnb was located near middle beach and our host was kind enough to let us borrow snorkel gear and bikes!
What to do:
↓ Seal Beach: Meet the local wildlife at this beach, home to the areas seals and sea lions. We were lucky enough to see some pups while we were in town and we watched the mamas show them how to get around on the rocks.
→La Jolla Cove: Here you can buy or rent snorkel gear and swim with the fish and seals! It was a little cloudy when we went so we didn't have much clarity. Make sure to ask around to see if it's a good day to snorkel. This is such a neat experience if you enjoy wildlife and are looking for a thrill.
→Windansea Beach: We stayed near this beach in the heart of La Jolla. We were right up the street which allowed us to walk down to enjoy the sunsets. This is a very popular beach for surfing so it's fun to watch the locals catch some waves!
Instead of wasting time googling “Things to Do” we found them on our own in a leisurely and fun way! Biking is our favorite way around this beach community. During our trip we beach hopped and explored which led us right into an outdoor festival. We made a night of it and ended up watching a movie in the park on a big projector screen.
They have events going on constantly so be sure to check lajolla.com for updates!
A quick drive from La Jolla and you're in the heart of San Diego. Coming from Omaha, NE I've been spoiled with having one of the best zoos in the country. I've always wanted to check out our competition so we ended our trip visiting the San Diego Zoo!
This zoo is ranked #1 in the US for good reason and will easily take a day to walk through. Let it. This place is incredible.
Visit their website for exhibit information, hours and location
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