Hidden Gems in Southern California

Many tourists are touring popular destinations in Southern California such as San Diego, Disneyland, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. These are all great places to visit, but if you’re a little different from the radar you can see elsewhere, check out the following amazing destinations:

Chanel Islands

My husband and I have lived in California for most of our lives, but I somehow miss these magnificent islands classified as a national park in the United States. After seeing some amazing photos online, we took a short boat trip from Oxon to Anacapa Island as part of a weekend anniversary trip.

If you decide to leave, get ready and bring supplies. This trip is for adventurers in good physical condition. You will need to climb 157 steps up this tiny, rugged island where there is no food, service, water or toilets. Now, I hate outdoor buildings, but I tell you – seeing the coastline, huge cliffs, and coarse peaks was worth it. You can easily wander around the edge of the island with inspiration as a great reward for your efforts.

We visited in June when a group of shiny wildflowers covering small islands began to find thousands of wonderful sea balls nearby. Just be aware of the protective mummies that turn on your head when you get too close.

We returned a few years later and visited the big island of Santa Cruz for an exciting kayak tour of the historic sea caves. During the boat ride, we saw a whale and two large school dolphins. The water may be harsh at some points, but the caves were spectacular. It was a once in a lifetime experience.

Some consider these islands deserted, but if you have an adventurous spirit and loving nature, the Channel Islands are considered the Galapagos in North America.

Huntington Botanical Garden

This is another great place we have failed to see for decades. Located in Pasadena, the magnificent property is home to over ten magnificent gardens spread over 120 acres. It’s hard to determine which garden is the smartest, but Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, and California Garden are my favorites.

We didn’t get a chance to check out the art galleries. Huntington Art Gallery, the famous blue boy of British paintings, sculptures and decorative arts of the 18th and 19th century. For my sorrows as a writer, we have not visited the Huntington Library, one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States.

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Ventura County Wine Trail

Napa may have attracted everyone’s attention as a wine country in California, but my husband and I enjoyed sneaking through the coastal hills near the coastal city of Ventura. We visited about 20 wineries and two tasting rooms.

You can book one of the many wine tours offered. However, we decided to get a map and find out on our own. Starting at Ventura at the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 101, we have extended Highway 33 towards Ojai.

From the “smallest US post office” to the last place to surprise anyone, it’s a very charming but charming street. Our favorite discovery was Old Creek Winery, which felt like a place and a simple time where friendly dogs and peoples welcomed us. We enjoyed our bottle of wine purchased and a picnic abroad with us views.

By the way, both Ojai and Ventura are worthwhile stations with attractive roles, luxury resorts and a wide range of outdoor activities with B&B. In summer, Ventura Harbor Village is an activity center with live music at festivals and weekends.

Laguna Beach

This charming beach is located between downtown Los Angeles and San Diego. With over 20 different scenic spots, this beach area offers everything from windsurfing, snorkeling, diving, kayaking and whale watching trips.

Just be careful, it can rough waves in places. When I was a teenager, I decided to browse my body in spite of the violent waters and thought of a wide wave (Beach Boys: hehe hehe lookout!). In fact, the Beach Boys were blamed for this whole incident because they are romantics with everything chick surfing with songs that arose like Jaane and Surfer Girl. So it’s their fault.

However, the scene can not be beaten. Add very stylish restaurants and boutiques and unique art galleries and you’ll get the picture. There is also a Baby Boomer Club with Saturday Night Dance. Every summer, they host Laguna Woodstock where the Baby Boomer party is like 1969.

A good place to start, Heisler Park is just north of the main beach, a half-mile walk with stunning beach views and the sound of quiet waves. You can take the road from the beaches and tidal pools. Picnic chairs, tables, and barbecues where you can enjoy stunning views. Hubby had my picnic on one of the grass fields and it was perfect!

Treasure Island Park is another great place, set on the grounds of the 5-star Montage Laguna Beach, which has truly thriving accommodations. An excellent landslide, many observation seats cross by curved easily. Stairs and stairs lead you to the beach, where you can pass through a beautiful rocky corridor through low tides, finding a spot in the sand for sunbathing and a large tide pool. In addition, there are plenty of grassy areas for picnics. I suggest bringing some wine and cheese to pick up a romantic sunset.

Big Bear Lake

I live in the desert, so the nearby Big Bear evades a large mountain with its magnificent lake and pristine forests. Boating, fishing, and hiking are some of the activities in this small rested village.

Last summer, my husband and I were riding around the lake, and we enjoyed a walk, down an alpine slide, drove a kart with speeds up to 30 mph, and beautiful sky chairs with awesome views. Ride after watching people lift elevators on mountain bikes down the lanes, putting them on our to-do list next time.

For cardiovascular adventures, parasailing and windsurfing are also available.

Matador Beach

Are you looking for spectacular white sand beaches, touching cliffs, crumbling waves, and rock formations in a semi-hidden place?

Do not look beyond El Matador, located north of Malibu, just off the Pacific Coast Highway. It is easy to miss the small signal and the structure that indicates the small car park on the main road, so look carefully between Broad Beach and Decker Canyon Road. Once you find them, be prepared to drop the 150-foot-long loop with the help of some steep stairs.

Not for young children or for those who are physically challenged, but if you can reduce it with steps you will think of with breathtaking ideas. Locals know about this beach and you can see some photographs – we did it!

There’s a little fun you can do on this small but glorious beach, so bring a picnic lunch or some wine and look for a hidden corner to enjoy an incredibly romantic atmosphere.

Redondo Beach

Now, you may have noticed that my husband and I are gay. The next morning we found this beach victim while searching for a nearby place to stay the night before flying from LAX.

The Redondo Pier is a landmark with panoramic sea views and water activities including harbor cruises, seasonal whale watching, rowing boats, rowing boats, and pedal boats. The truth is known, we didn’t try any of these things, but we liked the opinions at Tony’s Pier, where we enjoyed Happy Hour!

The pier is also home to a 16-foot giant white shark known as Georgette and is displayed in a large reservoir in a shark attack on the pier. If you have grandchildren or you are young at heart, you can enjoy a yellow submarine under the submarine (Darren, now I have to see Beatles song stuck in my head to watch local marine life).

If you are flying from Los Angeles, be sure to stay at the Airport Hotel.

Catalina Island

This island is more popular than some of my previous recommendations, but it is very favorite. My husband and I spent my honeymoon there 40 years ago and have come back many times. It is a strange little island with no stop lamps or fast food restaurants. Typical traffic jams include two golf carts and a bicycle for two people.

In our honeymoon, we stroll around Avalon, go horseback riding, visit famous casinos, and sunbathe on the small beach. We also took a bus to two ports, the only other village on the island of Catalina. Other popular activities include snorkeling, parasailing, fishing, glass-bottom boating, canoeing, Segway tours, golf, and hiking.

Decades later, we boarded our boat from Long Beach to the island – a road trip. My husband and my eldest children have returned to diving certification again for open-water divers amidst the famous kelp forests surrounded by bright orange garibaldi. Next time we travel, I want to try out the new zip line, which is 600 feet above sea level with a length of 1,100 feet and a speed of 30 meters per hour. Wheee!

As you can say, there are so many great places to visit in Southern California, it’s impossible to list them all. But hopefully, I will give you some ideas to get started!

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