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Go Beyond the Sun and Sand at Avila Beach

Harford Pier, Avila Beach

Big-time beach lovers can spend sunrise to sunset on the sand–no problem. It's getting them to leave, when the sun is still shining, that's truly an impressive feat. But in Avila Beach, brushing off the sand and taking some time to explore has its perks.

A Day on the Dunes in Oceano

Xtreme Hummer Adventures

When you head for the beach in Northern California, the required goods are pretty consistent: a towel, sweatshirt and maybe a picnic. Ever packed a helmet? It’s not something you need for an ordinary trip to the beach, but then Oceano is no ordinary beach.

How to Achieve Summer Beach Bliss in Half Moon Bay

Miramontes Beach

The pumpkins are a work in progress, but don’t let that keep you from thinking about a getaway to Half Moon Bay. Just a little more than half an hour south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay is the perfect place to get your summer beach fix.

Add Llamas to Your Mendocino Must Do List

Lodging & Llamas

Mendocino is known for its picturesque seaside setting. You expect to see things like shining blue water, rugged coast and even the not-so-pretty thick, wet fog.

Llamas out for a jaunt – well they make you question your eyes, and when you realize you’re not seeing things, even pull over.

Coolest Job Ever: Working with Sea Otters at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Just as the Bay Area is one of the best places in the world to live, it's also one of the best places to work. Case in point? The life of Nikki Dinsmore, an aquarist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Top 5 Things to Do in Monterey with Kids

jelly fish at Monterey Bay Aquarium

One of the best things about going to Monterey County is all the great getaway choices waiting for you when you arrive. There are vineyards for wine lovers, tasty and healthy food options, miles of coastline for beach lovers and probably the world’s best known aquarium. If you’re a parent there’s even more reason to smile – because all of the above are family friendly.

Escape from SF: Beautiful Big Sur

Just 150 miles south of San Francisco is the unrivaled Big Sur coastline, along Highway 1.

Monterey County Beaches Worth Cleaning Sand Out of the Car For

Lovers Point Park and Beach, Pacific Grove

Monterey County is a good place to hit the beach.

Top Five Ways to Relax, Carmel Valley Style

Carmel Valley Ranch

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a hardcore beach lover or not, it’s hard to tear yourself away from scenic Carmel Beach. That usually leads to an afternoon or evening of wandering in Carmel-by-the-Sea. You can’t complain about that–but if you’re up for a relaxing change of pace, head to picturesque Carmel Valley.

Escape from SF: Bicycling to Montara Lighthouse Hostel

This past weekend, we escaped on bicycles for a 20-mile bike ride to the beautiful seaside town of Montara.

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