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California in Summer

SUMMER is HERE!

Newport Beach

Our BEACHES page has everything you need:
Scope it out for a great beach to spend your summer vacation. Whether you're looking for the more secluded and rocky coastline of the North Coast or the popular sandy beaches of Southern California, we list the top choices to help you decide. Summer is the ON-Season of all coastal regions, so boat rentals, surfing lessons and fire pits are readily available.

Do you want to learn to Surf?

Check out one of California's many Surf Schools:
North Coast - Santa Cruz Surf School in Santa Cruz.
Central Coast - Santa Barbara Surf School in Santa Barbara, or South Bay Surf Riders in Carmel.
Los Angeles - Learn to Surf L.A. in Santa Monica.
Orange County - Corky Carroll's Surf School in Huntington Beach.
San Diego - Eli Howard's Surf School in Encinitas at San Elijo State Campground.

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Hotel Del Coronado

We only list Hotels and Restaurants that we've personally patronized or those with the highest consumer ratings. Whether you're seeking five-star or budgeted, you'll find the best places on our site. If a hotel or restaurant is popular with tourists but doesn't receive high consumer ratings, you won't find it here. We point you to the places that the locals go. You'll also find tips on preferable rooms at hotels and menu choices at restaurants. So visit our HOTELS page for the perfect place to stay and our RESTAURANTS page for that perfect meal.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES

Trang & freinds on the Middle Fork American

CAMPING - We've narrowed it down to campgrounds with conveniences like flushing toilets and showers. This is the most comprehensive listing of California campgrounds on the internet. We've also provided links to the more primitive and less crowded campgrounds.

RIVER RAFTING - This is the most interactive and informative page on the internet for whitewater rafting. Easily find a waterway by map, name or region. Links to all of the state's rafting companies are provided.

WINE TASTING ANYONE?

J. Lohr Winery, Paso Robles

Our WINERIES page lists just about every winery this state can offer. California has thousands of wineries offering world-renowned wines. Whether you're planning a wine tasting trip to the Napa Valley, or exploring the Sierra Foothills and would like to know where you can stop in for a quick taste from the local vintners, you can find them on this page. CHEERS!

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3 Ways to Navigate:

  1. Select a region of interest from the MAP above
  2. Use the MENU in the left column of every page
  3. Use the SITEMAP link at the bottom of every page

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Site Concept:

We're native Californians who have spent a lifetime traveling and exploring our state. We can give you local insight on popular destinations, but also let you know about the obscure, less traveled destinations that only locals of this state would know about. This is not the most extensive listing of California locations but instead, a resource of places and adventures that are sure to please you.