Posts Tagged ‘Laguna Beach’

postheadericon Six Great Places You Can See Marine Life in the Wild

 

Monk Seals Hawaii

It’s an amazing feeling to see animals in the wild, in their natural environments.  There is something refreshing and peaceful knowing they’re doing exactly what they’re meant to do….what the choose to do.

 

Six Great Places You Can See Marine Life in the Wild

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postheadericon Artists in California {Wordless Wednesday}

California Scenery Artist

postheadericon Montage Laguna Beach California

 

Montage Laguna Beach is set on an oceanfront bluff with the most amazing views of the Pacific Ocean I’ve ever seen!  Although on our trip we didn’t get to stay here, we did enjoy a nice lunch at Mosaic Bar and Grille, a relaxing terrace restaurant overlooked the ocean!  It’s known for its salads, grilled sandwiches, and fresh daily seafood and it overlooked the Mosaic Pool!

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postheadericon Balboa, California

 

Our final day in California Dana and I spent the day on the Balboa Peninsula.  You might recognize it from the TV show The O.C.  which is about a teen ending up in the midst of  the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.  Anyway, we made a day trip there and spent the day riding bikes down the boardwalk stopping to take in the sun and snap some photos.  This photo is of the Dory Fleet which is a permanent local historic landmark!  It is a a fresh seafood market that sits right in front of the Newport Pier.  Next time I’m there I think it would be worth it to get there early and watch the Fleet return with their catches!   Doesn’t that sound fun!!?

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postheadericon Best Bites in Laguna Beach


Here are a few of the restaurants and bars we visited in Laguna Beach and the surrounding areas.  Everything was so yummy and the views, oh the views….amazing!  You can hardly pick a bad spot!  
Outdoor seating is really a must with abundant sunshine all year!  The average daytime temperature is between 67-79 degrees and when it cools off at night don’t worry…many of the bars will give you a blanket to keep you warm or sit you next to a toasty heat lamp!  The above photo was probably one of my favorite spots…The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel!  Dana and I decided to go one evening to have a drink and see what a $550++ per night will get you…take a look at this view!   The Resort sits so high you can see all of Laguna Beach!  I wish I got more pictures of the inside of this beautiful hotel.  It’s top notch! 
 
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postheadericon Crystal Cove State Park – California

Crystal Cove State Park is not just an ordinary beach along the beautiful Pacific coastline, it is a park that boasts wooded canyons, open bluffs, beautiful tidepools, and an offshore area designated as an under water park.  It is used by people looking to swim, surf, sunbath,  fish, mountain bike, and hike.  It is also a spot that had great dining and quaint historic cottages available for rent! 

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postheadericon Newport Landing Whale Watch – California Day 2

On day two of our California Girls Trip Dana and we decided to go on a Whale Watching Tour because neither one of us had ever done it before and California is supposed to be a great place for it!  We made reservations with Newport Landing Whale Watching out of Newport Beach.  Balboa Island is such a great place to visit and this spot is in a perfect location with plenty of other things to do, too! 

The summer (May-Nov) has warmer waters and brings blue whales,  finback whales, huge pods of dolphin, sea lions, and many other types of marine life!  December through April is prime season for Grey Whale migration! 

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postheadericon California: Laguna Beach Day 1

Last week Dana and I spent a few days California where we ate, drank, and beach-hopped our way through Laguna Beach and the surrounding areas of Southern California!  We had an amazing time…the beaches are beautiful, the weather is perfect, the activities are never ending, and the views just take your breath away! 

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postheadericon Photo of the Day

postheadericon Photo: Laguna Beach, CA

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of the Laguna Beach area!  I have so many to go through…should have some great info on California next week!!

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