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Venice Beach

I was born and raised in Southern California, I’ve visited so many beaches but there is one that I can never get tired of. Venice Beach! From the first time my cousins took me back when I was six years old I could see that Venice was special due to the culture and all the things you can do while visiting. Growing up less than thirty minutes away meant that on the weekend I was always there with my friends. On a typical day we would bike down and follow the beach boardwalk down from one end to the other. Grabbing all the different types of food available to us. Checking out all the street performers and their unique acts. You could always find pop up stands with unique items for sale. Many of my friends were amazing skaters and you could always find them at the Venice skate park, along with many other talented skaters showing off their skills. People would crowd around to watch them. Out of all those things my favorite part about Venice beach are the walls dedicated to graffiti artists. My cousins and I would spend hours creating artistic pieces or even just watching other graffiti artists work. Even the nightlife in Venice is fun. You can visit many local bars and enjoy a nigh out. Venice beach is home to many surfers; the Venice breakwater is an acclaimed local surf spot. It’s located north of the Venice Pier and the spot is sheltered by an artificial barrier, the breakwater, consisting of an extending sand bar, piping, and large rocks at the end. Venice is known as a hangout for the creative and the artistic. The legendary rock band The Doors was formed in Venice as well as Jane’s Addiction. Venice is much more than a beach that if you ask the locals what it’s most famous for you will get anything from the drum circles every Sunday to the famous artists that once lived there. Venice Beach has a sense of freedom and acceptance that sucks you in. Oh and don’t forget to check out Wurstkuche in Venice for some rattlesnake hotdogs and good beer!

 

Big Sur Beach

I have been visiting Big Sur for over ten years now. Every time I park my car, step out and smell the fresh ocean air it triggers a home feeling in my brain. I visit Big Sur every year for the culture. So many activities are going on such as, paddle boarding, kayaking, and my favorite camping/hiking. Camping/hiking at Big Sur is a whole different experience to me. With a couple of different options to choose from it can feel overwhelming where to set up camp. My top two areas would be Kirk Creek Campground and Limekiln State Park. Kirk Creek Campground is considered one of California’s most scenic campgrounds, so be prepared to reserve a spot months before your visit. The wait is well worth it though! With a beautiful ocean view, open grassy areas, and shade. Right near the campground you can find the Kirk Creek which flows right into the Pacific. Limekiln State Park is no where as busy as Kirk Creek. The benefits is that it is quieter and low key. If you take the trail down you will discover likeliness hiding in the redwood forest. Now as for the beach scenery, I highly recommend visiting Pfeiffer Beach. It is the main beach at Big Sur so it does get packed but if you can get there early to grab a spot , it’ll be a sunset that is indescribable. Sand Dollar Beach is the longest and widest beach so it is definitely worth checking out as well. Many surfers choose that spot to ride waves and if you paddle board you can head out a little outwards and have a nice calm ocean. At Big Sur you can find many food spots that contribute to the culture. Places such as Nepenthe and Big Sur bakery are the main food locations to visit. You have Henry Miller’s Big Sur legacy to contributes to the culture, the library is more of a bookshop with a peaceful garden that tourists have been visiting  for years. I strongly believe that Big Sur is one of the beaches that defines California and makes our state unique.

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