Santa Monica

We loved Santa Monica. It’s close to everything happening in LA, but still feels like a quaint city. The pier has a really cool vibe and the city is very walkable. Here are some things we enjoyed while we were there visiting a friend: -Montana Street Sushi Sho, Horchata Bakery— Also, visit Le Macaron French…

Laguna Beach 

We stumbled upon this gorgeous area on our way up highway one. Aliso Creek Beach has parking and then it’s a gorgeous walk to the look out points and treasure island beach.

Windansea Beach 

Windansea beach in La Jolla is probably one of the most beautiful beaches in California. The waves are pretty intense so it’s more of a relaxing beach. Also, it’s probably only good to go during low tide. 🙂 Cool Hippie van

Del Mar, Black’s Beach and Mission Beach

North of La Jolla, under Torrey Pines, there’s a really cool beach with steep cliffs and giant waves. When we went, we parked at the Torrey Pines Glider Parking Lot… which would’ve been fine, but we ended up going down a super steep path that turned into a gulley really fast… so if you park…

Magical Day at La Jolla Beach

I use the word magical a lot… but so many places are just so amazing that it’s the perfect adjective for them. North of San Diego in La Jolla, there’s a fancy beach town with cliffs and walkways through gorgeous neighborhoods. There’s even a protected little area of the beach (Children’s Pool) where seals take…

Kauai Christmas

Despain Family Christmas in Kauai was a blast 🙂 Here are some highlights: -Na Pali Coast: Amaaazing hiking and beautiful coastline. Next time we go I’d for sure want to canoe or kayak next to the Na Pali coast, but the water was too high during the winter season. -Waimea Canyon: they say it’s the…