BeachCalifornia Hidden Gems


BeachCalifornia enjoyed its best year ever, thanks to some fantastic strategic partners, new travel trips, and a bevy of talented writers who shared their experiences. California is an immense land larger than many countries around the globe. Itt's fine weather, diverse geography and geological features, beaches, mountains, deserts and attractions make touring and writing about California journeys more than a full time job for any traveler or travel professional.


The world is calling. BeachCalifornia is written for world travelers and Californians who make up 85% of California travel. While visits to California from UK travelers, Australians, Asians and Hispanics are often tied to national tours or trips to Las Vegas casinos, it becomes clear that California can be a destination unto itself, but is closely connected with the world. Recent trends to market places such as Las Vegas have actually included advertising with the name "California". This savvy approach tied to TV, print and Internet advertising is leveraging Las Vegas ad dollars.


What's there to do and see in California?  While you can visit the Beachcalifornia Alphabetical List of places we've been, some hidden gems in 2006 we discovered or re-acquainted ourselves to included:


Idyllwild - the L.A. side of the mountain from Palm Desert is tucked into the pine forests of Southern California. Its conservation-oriented population has long been tied to the film industry with movies such as Elvis in Kid Galahad and the Idyllwild Conservancy.

Long Beach - The Pike, Pine Avenue nightlife, Queen Mary entertainment (and ghosts), Catalina Island by boat, conventions, gondolas, rowing, shopping and the amazing Museum of Latin American Art are a few things to entice you to this cultural mecca.

Oxnard - gateway to the Channel Islands National Park features strawberries, sandy beach resorts and trips to the Galapagos of the U.S. at Anacapa Island.

Temecula - Southern California's wine country features a love of music, scenic setting and a Four Diamond casino, Pechanga, where Jerry Seinfield and many top name acts perform in an intimate theater setting.

San Luis Obispo County - oceans, farm-fresh foods, wineries, Hearst Castle and a healthy lifestyle. From olive oil to cheese, berry jams to crafted wines, you'll not want for food or fun in old-fashioned California.

San Mateo County - an amazing treasure that includes San Francisco Airport, Filoli Estate & Gardens in Woodside, Half Moon Bay with the Mavericks 50-foot wave surf contest, up & coming East Palo Alto with its trendy, new Four Seasons hotel and a long list of restaurateurs serving up everything from British bangers to succulent fish in a "Fresh as it Gets" program created by the San Mateo County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Ventura - great beaches, fresh, new cuisine and tons of shopping. A fantastic pier where cocktails are served up to stunning sunsets, you can book hotel rooms with ghosts (Maggiore), Crowne Plaza overlooking the beach or Pierpont Inn where many have honeymooned in the historic property. Ventura is a picture-book place.

West Hollywood - home to many of the original night clubs where the Doors and other bands got their start. When the staff at hotels have book deals, perform and know movies and music inside out, you'll discover the talent that surrounds you is overwhelming in West Hollywood. Keep your eyes open for celebs who shop, dine and live in West Hollywood, also known as "boys town" for its higher-than-average percentage of alternative lifestyles.

Yosemite - Bracebridge Dinner is just the start of traditions in the place where Ansel Adams found inspiration and subject matter for many of his famous photographs. From winter snows to summer waterfalls, nature's hand is nowhere more striking and stunning than in this range of mountains that you won't want to leave once you visit and experience the charms of Yosemite Valley in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.





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