One of the main things we did on this vacation was explore some of the many unique California beaches. We flew into LAX and were spending the week in a little beach rental in San Clemente. We spent a lot of time just lounging (and Brett surfing) on the San Clemente beach, but we did get out a couple times to explore other beaches in the area.
Heading out to the west coast, our flight into LAX landed at midnight... aka 3am east coast time. We stayed in a hotel right near LAX because we were zonked. So our first official day of vacation started the following day. After the somewhat lacking continental breakfast at the hotel, we started making our way down to San Clemente. Check in at our beach house wasn't until later in the afternoon, so we decided to check out some sights along the way, like Huntington Beach. This beach was gigantic and gorgeous. They even had a stand-up paddle board competition going on!
After killing some time walking around and sitting in the sand, we eventually made our way to San Clemente. The San Clemente beaches were a lot smaller compared to Huntington Beach, but were still equally awesome. The Amtrak train runs right along the coast down here and I've never seen anything like it. I can imagine going on a long train right up or down the coast and just daydreaming out the window staring at the ocean the whole way. Swoon. Surprisingly, during our week long stay here in San Clemente, there was a weird fog that lingered around. We got a couple days/hours of gorgeous blue skies, but there was quite a bit of overcast fog throughout the week. But what did we care! We were in California and not working and had no responsibilities for a week except to surf and eat as much Mexican food as humanly possible!
After our lunch at Salt Creek, we made our way to Laguna Beach, specifically to go to Table Rock Beach. We had to climb down these old wooden stairs to get to this little gem and it was breathtaking. It was this little secret beach scrunched up and hidden below some amazing cliffs. The water looked extra turquoise here. It was beautiful.
(More California posts coming soon!)