If you are visiting San Diego, treat yourself to a drive over the Coronado Bridge and park by the Hotel del Coronado while you go for a stroll along the beach. You don't have to be a guest at the hotel to walk on the beach or to purchase a beverage and enjoy the beach chairs. There is a lot of history in the hotel, so it is fun to walk through it and look at the pictures of famous actors and presidents who have visited the hotel.
Drive to this location to enjoy a breathtaking view of Ventura Beach and the coastline. You can take a picnic with you, or simply take in the incredible view and amazing cross. It's a real treat!
*I would Google directions to the location. I typically get off at California St. off the 101 and then make a left when I am facing City Hall. Then, I make a right up a steep hill, which leads me to the park.
It might seem odd to post that a university is a stellar stop, but not in this case. Pepperdine University is known as one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. California weather allows you to visit Pepperdine any time throughout the year for its stunning view, but I recommend that you stop by especially in the last few weeks of September when they place flags on their lawn in remembrance of the 9/11 victims. There is also a Heroes Garden at the top of the campus that has an infinity waterfall and allows you to pay tribute to the fallen victims of the 9/11 tragedy.
One of my favorite local stops is the beach right by the Padaro Beach Grill (http://www.padarobeachgrill.com) in Carpinteria, CA. The restaurant has changed ownership many times over the years; it is a fabulous stop--casual and great for families. I have not visited there recently under the new management but they have received many rave reviews online (http://www.yelp.com/biz/padaro-beach-grill-carpinteria). Just a little north of the restaurant is a pathway that leads across the train tracks to the soft sandy beach. There is public access to this beach but it is always quiet and seems very private. I see dolphins there often, and the day spent there is always magical.
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