Hidden Gems: Gorgeous Ocean Views

Del Mar Beach, California is a beautiful little town located in North County about 20 miles north of San Diego.  Del Mar has two beautiful beaches bordering north of the Torrey Pines State Reserve and next to the famous Del Mar Racetrack. This beach town is a very upscale popular city in North County.  It has gorgeous beaches, an amazing cycling route, fun fairgrounds for the kids and family, as well as horse racing. Del Mar is filled with history and beauty. A song was even writeen by Bing Crosby and Jimmy Durante who were responsible for turning the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club into one of the most beautiful and prestigious organizations in the United States and racing world. Del Mar has wonderful weather year round with great ocean fun and a beautiful place.

La Jolla Cove, California nestled right near downtown La Jolla is La Jolla Cove.  It is a wonderful place for diving and swimming.  It is a quaint little beach which is part of San Diego Underwater Park Ecological Reserve with gorgeous blue water and stunning cliff views of the Pacific Ocean. La Jolla Cove has some of the clearest water of all San Diego beaches, making it perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving. The gentle lapping waves of
La Jolla Cove make it perfect for an intimate day to enjoy the sun, pack a lunch and read a book. Slightly above La Jolla Cove is a great little park to play or have lunch called Scripps Park, and the view from Scripps Park is stunning. Their are beautiful walking trails next to Coast Boulevard, right above the beach, with spectacular views of the sandstone cliffs with gorgeous wildflowers growing, leading down to ocean’s edge. There is also a wonderful museum to visit while you are there, the San Diego County Museum of Modern Art.

La Jolla Cove, California – Pictures of La Jolla by Kathy Patalsky

Monterrey Bay, California is a gorgeous waterfront community located on the central coast of California with a perfect climate year-round. There are so many amazing activities to enjoy from kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, whale watching and beach-going. Driving the coastline offers spectacular coastal ocean views of Big Sur which is a must.  You will find great shops, dining, and golfing available.

One of my favorite places to see while in Monterrey is the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium.  It is a wonderful local attraction that delights and educates over one million visitors each year. Another great stop right outside the Monterrey Bay Aquarium is Cannery Row, where the famous Writer John Steinbeck tapped into his inspiration for his book about life in Monterey which was during the peak of the sardine canning industry. Now “the Row” is lined with restaurants, shops, hotels, and attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

They have bikes to rent at Cannery Row to really enjoy the scenic recreation trail.  It is also very much enjoyed as a scenic walk to the Fisherman’s Wharf. The sights along the way are amazing, You will find  incredible wildlife such as harbor seals, sea otters and pelicans in natural habitats on the dazzling waterfront of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Monterrey Bay, California as the day turns to a beautiful night

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