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Just in case you were a little curious about where cruises departing from Southern California ports in January are headed, here is a short list:Holland America: San Diego to Fort Lauderdale via the Panama CanalCarnival: L.A. to L.A. via Ensenada and CatalinaCarnival: L. A. to L.A. via Puerto VallartaPrincess Cruises: L.A. to Hawaii and backOceana: L.A. to TahitiSeabourn: L.A. to BarbadosNorwegian: L.A. to Miami
You hear about this or that beach, but sometimes it is not clear where to find it or how to best get there. To make it easy, we have maps of beaches in each county that you can print (Orange County, L.A. County, San Diego County), or an interactive map with icons on each beach town, or best of all, you can request our awesome free list of beaches in So Cal, which includes arrows pointing to each beach in each area.See our free printable and/or interactive beach maps here...
There are basically 5 cruise ship ports in Southern California: Long Beach, San Pedro, (both also referred to as Port of Los Angeles), San Diego, Catalina Island and Santa Barbara. To the north, there is of course San Francisco.
The most common destinations out of San Diego are in Mexico, including parts further south than Baja California. Out of L.A. are Hawaii and Mexico, especially Ensenada.
Cruise Critic lists upcoming cruises from California where you can check reviews and prices.You can also look up your favorite cruise line and see what they have scheduled coming up.More about cruises and cruise ports in Southern California here...
It may be getting pretty cold in some parts of the country, but it is still nice beach camping weather here in So Cal. The crowds have thinned out and October (and May) are the 2 best months at the beaches in my opinion. November can get rainy (we wish!), but it really doesn't get that cold until January. (Cold at Southern California beaches is about 55 degrees Fahrenheit.)
If you have an RV or are renting one, you have options for beach camping. There are places you can camp along the highway at the beach in Ventura. Bolsa Chica in Huntington Beach has more amenities.
There are private RV campgrounds in Huntington Beach, Ventura, San Diego and Oceanside. Dockweiler in El Segundo is an RV park closest to Los Angeles, as long as you don't mind the sound of the planes taking off and landing at nearby LAX.
Or if you want to go over to the island and walk, head away from the pier towards the bay side. Walk past some shops, arcades, boat rentals and the fun zone to the ferry landing (it also takes 3 cars).
Ride the ferry over to the island, then turn right and walk along the boardwalk which circles the whole island. Maybe this is enough and you can take the ferry on back.
If you have time and energy, go ahead and stroll along the boardwalk between gorgeous waterfront homes and the mini beaches with private piers (the blue ones are public) and watch the pleasure boaters go by.
If you make it all the way to Marine Avenue, turn left and walk the 3 or so blocks through town. You’ll find a few restaurants, gift shops, a market, a Starbucks, and frozen bananas. After some food, some drinks and/or tasty treats, it’s time to head back. You can go back the way you came, or go to the end of Marine before the bridge and go left, circling around the quieter north side of the island.
I have done this walk several times, but have never timed it. I think I would allow about 2 hours and some comfortable walking shoes. Stop and sit whenever you like, there are many benches and the short wall along the boardwalk itself where you can take a break if needed.
Also, Manhattan Beach Pier and the beaches on either side are a great place to spend the afternoon. Explore Manhattan Beach...
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