Laguna Beach

One of staycationscalifornia’s favorite places is Laguna Beach.

Laguna sits between Newport Beach and Dana Point in Orange County , California. This small community with a population of about 25,000 as of 2010 features pristine beaches, shops, galleries,  and coves.

Laguna Street signBoard walk low
There are parts of Laguna Beach’s coastline that rival Hawaii with the palm trees and crystal blue water.  In fact in all of the places I have visited in California,  I think it is the closest thing to Hawaii as far as scenery.

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Petco Park San Diego

Petco parkIf you are down in San Diego during Padre season, you have to go to a game at Petco park.
Petco Park opened in 2004 and is nestled in downtown San Diego close to the convention center. This open-air ballpark has an old time feel to it and is a must see when visiting San Diego.
Home of the Padres, the park was named after the pet supply retailer Petco. I know, did I state the obvious?
The ballpark is located between 7th and 10th avenues, South of J Street. The southern side of the stadium has the trolley access. Near K Street between 7th and 10th is now closed to automobiles and serves as a pedestrian promenade along the back of the left and center field outfield seating.
Going to the ballpark is always a great staycation activity. Nothing like the feel of being there with the hot dogs and pop corn and just the excitement in the air. Visit the ballpark souvenir store and walk around and investigate a little. There is always something going on. The cheers and singing ‘take me out to the ball game’ after the 7th inning. Hearing people yell at players as if they could hear them and will do exactly what the fan says. “ You stink” is my favorite. Second favorite is “Catch the ball” as if they deliberately missed it. All in fun though, and always a fun excursion.
Opening season for the Padres starts March 20th against their rivals the Dodgers. Always a fun game.
Check it out at: http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com

Whale Watching

Whale watching is a perfect Staycation California day trip.

You can find a whale watching tour at almost every harbor in Southern California. Find out what whales are migrating and when.
The prime time is January through April when the Gray Whale migrates 6,000 miles south from the Bering Strait to mate and calve in the warm lagoons of Mexico. The Mamas return north with their young and the Moms alone can be as long as 52 feet.
The California coastline also has witnessed seasonal migrations of blue whales and humpback whales as well as a rare sighting of an Orcas (Killer Whale). The humpback and blue whale migrate during the summer.
The first part of the year in Southern California is known for whale watching season. So we took the opportunity and jumped on a boat leaving from Oceanside, California.
Leaving the calm of the harbor aboard the Oceanside 95, there is plenty of opportunity to view other wildlife such as seals and pelicans .  We even saw a rare pod of dolphins in the harbor once.

WW LighthouseWW The boatWW Pelican on buoy
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