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OT - California Beaches

Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 12,999
I have always gone to Rocky Point (Mexico) or La Jolla when I wanted beaches.

Due to current political climate, I am skipping Mexico this year.  La Jolla has gotten super expensive.

With that in mind, does anyone know of some good beaches near smaller towns in California with somewhat reasonable prices?  Kind of the hidden gems locals go to?
If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.

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  • chipmanchipman Posts: 85
    Pacifica and Half Moon Bay just south of San Francisco are two popular destinations. Cost is relative however.
  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,869
    Pismo beach.

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

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    Stockton Ca.

  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 1,184
    bud812 said:
    Pismo beach.
    +1  You can have a fire on the beach and it's the only one in CA I know of that you can drive on. 
    Tyler, TX   XL BGE 2016, KJ Classic 2019,  MES, 18.5 WSM,  Akorn Jr,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • jabamjabam Posts: 1,829
    Central Coast has a couple of nice beaches, Pismo Beach and Avila Beach, a little
    cooler than La Jolla, but
    a nice option 
    Central Valley CA     One large egg One chocolate lab "Halle" two chiuahuas "Skittles and PeeWee"
  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 1,184
    SSQUAL612 said:
    bud812 said:
    Pismo beach.
    +1  You can have a fire on the beach and it's the only one in CA I know of that you can drive on. 
    Plus there are wineries nearby if that interest you and Hearst Castle if you want to play tourist.  Steamers use to be a great place for a nice dinner.  
    Tyler, TX   XL BGE 2016, KJ Classic 2019,  MES, 18.5 WSM,  Akorn Jr,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 9,093
    I stayed in a beachfront hotel in Carlsbad that was quite affordable.  If you go there, make sure you eat at Fish House Veracruz.

    XXL BGE, Karebecue, Klose BYC, Chargiller Akorn Kamado, Weber Smokey Mountain, Grand Turbo gasser, Weber Smoky Joe, and the wheelbarrow that my grandfather used to cook steaks from his cattle

    San Antonio, TX

  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 8,537
    edited April 2018
    Depends on what you want to do, I prefer Morro ( was there last week ) Cayucous or Cambria, much cooler and not the sun you will get in Avila and Pismo, plus far fewer people...if you want to play in the Sun, Santa Monica Pismo or Avila....Half Moon Bay is Nice and closer to Monterey
    Visalia, Ca

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  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 12,999
    Thank you all for the suggestions.  Time to check them all out :)
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 8,537
    Thank you all for the suggestions.  Time to check them all out :)
    If you go to Morro, two bars there, the Siren and Legends....Order a Larry Shot named after me, not to say that I go to those bars A Lot  =)
    Visalia, Ca

    LGBE- Pit's by Klose Trailer -Stumps XL Stretch - Custom Santa Maria-Modified HD Offset Smoker Reverse Flow- FatStack Smoker FS120 coming soon FatStack 500- Blackstone 36 Blackstone 22 - Custom Cold Smoke House and a lonely Brinkman Vertical Smoker
  • baychillabaychilla Posts: 387
    Stinson beach and Muir beach.  North of San Francisco on the other side of the bay.  Also Limantour beach in the Pt. Reyes area.
    Near San Francisco in California
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 16,074
    That's no way to talk about CA wimmin. They're not all beaches. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • GregWGregW Posts: 2,532
  • StillH2OEggerStillH2OEgger Posts: 3,400
    GregW said:
    Well played
    Stillwater, MN
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 12,999
    GregW said:
    That place continually disappoints.  It was always a dare in high school to walk it.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 25,061
    @caliking I was going to go there especially since SWMBO is from CA and fully qualifies but since you waded into the pool first-Most Eggcellent!  
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • jabamjabam Posts: 1,829
    GregW said:
    Went there once back in the mid 70’s on a dare during high school. Let’s just say, for a 17 year old kid, not was I was expecting! Lot of sagging boobs and overweight perverts runnin around. 
    Central Valley CA     One large egg One chocolate lab "Halle" two chiuahuas "Skittles and PeeWee"
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 12,999
    jabam said:
    GregW said:
    Went there once back in the mid 70’s on a dare during high school. Let’s just say, for a 17 year old kid, not was I was expecting! Lot of sagging boobs and overweight perverts runnin around. 
    Same thing in the 90s.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 25,061
    jabam said:
    GregW said:
    Went there once back in the mid 70’s on a dare during high school. Let’s just say, for a 17 year old kid, not was I was expecting! Lot of sagging boobs and overweight perverts runnin around. 
    Same thing in the 90s.
    @Ozzie_Isaac perhaps you found the same crowd 20 years on!!  And that would definitely burn your eyes.
    Now European beaches- a much different clientele and much younger.  Eyesight restored =)
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 12,999
    lousubcap said:
    jabam said:
    GregW said:
    Went there once back in the mid 70’s on a dare during high school. Let’s just say, for a 17 year old kid, not was I was expecting! Lot of sagging boobs and overweight perverts runnin around. 
    Same thing in the 90s.
    @Ozzie_Isaac perhaps you found the same crowd 20 years on!!  And that would definitely burn your eyes.
    Now European beaches- a much different clientele and much younger.  Eyesight restored =)
    Oh, very true my friend.  I love European sensibilities.  I wish the prudes had stayed in England.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 2,507
    I've stayed in Pismo a few times and have visited nearby beaches, great part of Cali. The wife and I love the central coast. Anyone hitting the wineries in that area let me know and I'll give you some small places with top notch wines. I'll throw one out for you now. Rancho Sisquoc.
  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 1,184
    jabam said:
    GregW said:
    Went there once back in the mid 70’s on a dare during high school. Let’s just say, for a 17 year old kid, not was I was expecting! Lot of sagging boobs and overweight perverts runnin around. 

    Tyler, TX   XL BGE 2016, KJ Classic 2019,  MES, 18.5 WSM,  Akorn Jr,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 12,056
    jabam said:
    GregW said:
    Went there once back in the mid 70’s on a dare during high school. Let’s just say, for a 17 year old kid, not was I was expecting! Lot of sagging boobs and overweight perverts runnin around. 
    Same here, in college.  Lots of sailors for some reason.
  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 1,184
    Legume said:
    jabam said:
    GregW said:
    Went there once back in the mid 70’s on a dare during high school. Let’s just say, for a 17 year old kid, not was I was expecting! Lot of sagging boobs and overweight perverts runnin around. 
    Same here, in college.  Lots of sailors for some reason.
    Nothing wrong with lots of Sailors.   




    Tyler, TX   XL BGE 2016, KJ Classic 2019,  MES, 18.5 WSM,  Akorn Jr,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • You might want to check out Ventura or, Carpinteria Both have great beaches and are nowhere near as crowded as LA/Orange country beaches. In Ventura, it is a 5 minute stroll to the downtown area, which has a ton of shops and restaurants. And if you want to check out surfers depot their thing, there are always folks in the water at C Street in Ventura. Carpinteria is a very small town, and it's one of the safest beaches regarding no undertows. Oh, and The Spot next to the State Beach has great hamburgers. Can't go wrong either way.

    Mel
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 12,056
    North county San Diego, or skip all the way up to Ventura County.  A day kicking around Santa Barbara is a good day.
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