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Mar 20, 2018

How To Get That Nasty Tar Off Your Feet And Shoes

Have you ever taken a nice walk on the beach, only later to discover the soles of your feet were coated with spots of tar? Ugh!

It has happened to me in the past in Santa Barbara or Ventura, which are sort of known for that, so I know to be careful there. But I was recently walking with some friends along the beach between Redondo's King Harbor and Hermosa Pier, partly with shoes on and partly barefoot because it felt so nice. We didn't see any tar, but later discovered the telltale black smudges. Others told us to use some WD40 on the shoes and rub. Yes that worked fine, but I was hesitant to put that on my skin. After a quick online search, I found several different suggestions, and tried the one that seemed safest: cooking oil. Coconut oil might have smelled nicer, but I didn't have any so I tried Canola. It took a bit of rubbing with paper towels, but the tar crumbled off eventually and all was well. Why was there tar on the beach? Here's some information from our friends at

Mar 19, 2018

Beachcruiser Meet in Huntington Beach

Beachcruiser and palm tree on the beach with cruise ship

Next weekend, the 18th Annual Huntington Beachcruiser Meet takes place downtown at 100 Main Street. It happens both days, March 24th and 25th and is free to go down there and admire all the cool beachcruisers that date back to 1967 or earlier.

Learn more about the event…

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Mar 11, 2018

Traveler Rated Top 3 Beaches In California

Pacific Beach in San DiegoAccording to traveler’s ratings on TripAdvisor, all 3 of these beaches in Southern California made it to the Top 25 Beaches list:

And San Diego, San Francisco and Napa make it to the top 25 destinations list as rated by travelers.

Mar 10, 2018

See Amazing Kites at the Redondo Beach Festival of the Kite

colorful kite in sky

This will be the 44th Annual Festival of the Kite Sunday March 11th. It’s a free event which attracts thousands of kite lovers to the beach near Redondo Pier. It’s a free event and includes food, dance performances, martial arts performances and other entertainment. It happens from noon till 5pm at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf in Redondo Beach. Afterwards, you can walk around and explore Redondo Pier.

Mar 10, 2018

Your Chance To Greet A Mermaid

mermaid statue on a rock

It’s Mermaid month at Ventura Harbor Village, and for the two Saturdays this month, March 10th and 24th, there will be a Mermaid Meet & Greets event. It happens from 1-4, and you can get your picture taken with one. There will be fun mermaid crafts for kids, and on the 24th there will be a mermaid parade at 1pm, so be sure to come dressed to the gills (literally). Mermen welcome. Various shops and restaurants will have mermaid themed specials also.Find out more here

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Mar 10, 2018

Orchid Show In Santa Barbara This Weekend

lavender orchid flowerLove orchids? This weekend, from March 9th to the 11th, is the 73rd Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. More than fifty orchid exhibitors come together from around the world to show off their beauties.

Find out more on the show’s website.

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Mar 06, 2018

What To Consider When Searching For A Beach Vacation Rental In Southern California

Malibu beach Vacation rentalAre you looking for local California beach vacation rentals for the beach communities of San Diego, Santa Barbara, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach or San Clemente?

Here are a few tips to consider when checking out your options:

Ask questions of the vacation home service or property owner, such as whether or not there is a nearby grocery store, market or restaurant.Is this a rental by owner or by a property manager? There are pros and cons to each.Also ask about the parking situation. Is a spot included, or must you find street parking?

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Mar 06, 2018

Planning a Vacation in Santa Monica? Check Out These 3 Helpful Guides

Santa Monica BeachIf you are planning to visit Santa Monica, whether for a weekend or a longer vacation, these three guides can help. The first 2 are officially from the Santa Monica Travel & Tourism office, while the third is from our own website. And all are free to use and enjoy!

1. Santa Monica Official Visitors Guide

2. Santa Monica Official Visitors Map

3. Santa Monica Vacation Guide on

Mar 06, 2018

Santa Monica Vacation Guide For Visitors

Besides the beaches, a Santa Monica vacation can also include shopping, pier fun, art, the airport museum or just kicking back at your hotel.

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Mar 05, 2018

California Beach Vacation Rentals - Find Your Ideal Beach House

Tips to consider when looking for Southern California Beach Vacation Rentals in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach or San Clemente.

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