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So Cal Trip

Good morning, community.  The end of this month, the dear wife and I will be in Dana Point, Ca for most of a week.  We’ll have a few free days - looking for things to see, do, eat and drink...  Thinking of a day trip to Catalina.  Really, nothing else on my radar...

Thanks for the help.
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  • KchevesKcheves Posts: 87

     If you go to Catalina, the Descanso Beach Club is nice, and Bluewater is great for lunch if you like seafood.  It sounds lazy, but renting a golf cart is pretty convenient for getting around, especially if you are only there a few hours.

    If you want something more active, you can rent bikes and ride the road on the spine of the island all the way to Two Harbors, on the west end of the island. You'll probably see Buffalo (left by a film crew long ago) along the way and have a great view of the ocean.  Two Harbors is much more chill than Avalon, just a general store and restaurant and a great campground.

    Definitely check out Laguna, just a few miles North of Dana Point.  Dozens of great restaurants, a beautiful beach park, and good mountain biking (rental shops are nearby) at Crystal Cove. 



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  • BattlebornBattleborn Posts: 1,098
    edited August 12
    I don't have any recommendations for Dana Point. We usually go a little further south to Oceanside. We love that entire area between Ocenaside and Del Mar. 
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  • CornholioCornholio Posts: 490
    Are you looking for outdoor things to do as well?  Good hiking trails in Crystal Cove which is just North of Dana Point.  Javier’s is a good spot for cocktails and Mexican food (higher end Mexican joint up in Crystal Cove).  Mastro’s Ocean Club is a really nice restaurant in the same center as Javier’s but pricey and more formal.  

    Downtown Laguna Beach is a good spot to walk around with plenty of restaurants (Yelp might be a good way to plan ahead, Nick’s, Las Brisas, Mozambique, tons of restaurants there in Laguna.  

    Further up from Laguna is Corona Del Mar and Newport Beach.  Fashion Island (where my office is) is an outdoor shopping mall with high end stores and some good restaurants.  Good place to walk around and grab some beers at Yard House.  There’s also Balboa Island in Newport and the Pier area is always a good spot for visitors looking for the touristy beach day.  21 Oceanfront near Newport Pier is a classic formal restaurant with ocean views, not far away is the Mayors Table which is newer, Nobu for high end sushi, Bluewater Grill (sister restaurant to one mentioned on Catalina), Sabatino’s (awesome brunch).

    Plenty to do and see near Dana Point, just depends on the group and how far you are looking to travel (Laguna/Newport are not expensive Uber/cab rides).  
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 7,278
    Kayaking and paddleboarding in that area are a good way to spend a few hours.  We really enjoyed doing it in Newport Beach (35 minutes away) but there may be something closer.

    We've also had some good days riding rented bikes up and down the shores of SoCal over the years.

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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 14,038
    I was in the San Fernando Valley (north side of LA) on business years ago. Had the weekend free. Got up Sat AM and went to Universal Studios for the day. Sat evening, Chavez Ravine for a Dodgers game and Sunday, drove down to Anaheim to Disneyland. Pretty awesome weekend.

    Universal and the Dodgers may be a bit of a hike from where you'll be, but doable. Better, Disney should be an easy trip and if you like baseball, the Angels are also in Anaheim.

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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 5,201
    Not sure which day you are going, Yankees are in town V the Dodgers, even if not a fan Dodger Stadium is one of the last old school stadiums that are slowing being replaced........Venice Beach is a kick for a few hours ....plenty of overpriced theme parks as well......I'll be in LA 23-25 and know most of the downtown dive bars  =)
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  • JohnEggGioJohnEggGio Posts: 706
    edited August 12
    Thanks very much for the ideas.  We certainly ought to be doing things outdoors - I’m thinking light hiking, rental bikes, walking...  My wife is a marathoner, so I’m sure she’d love a long, scenic run (I might join her - on a bike).  

    We’re staying at Monarch Beach Resort (which looks pretty sweet).  I’ll play golf one day while she’s in meetings.

    An aside, my dad grew up in LA.  He left at the age of 18 (1935) - he joined the Navy, spent 20 years active duty.  His last post was in Maryland, where he met my mother, and where I grew up and live.  On this trip I’m going to meet my dad’s half-sister and some 1st & 2nd cousins - who I have NEVER met.  Should be interesting...
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  • CornholioCornholio Posts: 490
    Thanks very thanks very much for the ideas.  We certainly ought to be doing things outdoors - I’m thinking light hiking, rental bikes, walking...  My wife is a marathoner, so I’m sure she’d love a long, scenic run (I might join her - on a bike).  

    We’re staying at Monarch Beach Resort (which looks pretty sweet).  I’ll play golf one day while she’s in meetings.

    An aside, my dad grew up in LA.  He left at the age of 18 (1935) - he joined the Navy, spent 20 years active duty.  His last post was in Maryland, where he met my mother, and where I grew up and live.  On this trip I’m going to meet my dad’s half-sister and some 1st & 2nd cousins - who I have NEVER met.  Should be interesting...
    That’s a very nice resort, we used to do holiday parties there.  At that location you are really just south of Laguna and if you guys decide to go hiking/biking I would definitely suggest El Moro/Crystal Cove up a little north from there.  Have fun! 
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