Posted April 13, 2017

On the Beach: Rain Or Shine in California

Destinations

Of course, we love those golden California days filled with sun, breezy beach time and outdoor adventure. When the weather turns gray, it doesn’t mean you have to hole up inside. Below is our short list of what to do on a rainy day or when the sun’s blazing bright. In city mode? Our rain or shine picks are here.

Santa Barbara: Wine, Ice Cream, Kayaks and Leisurely Strolls

Rain

Shine

  • Afterwards, a seat at Finch and Fork grants easy access to tasty cocktails like French 75’s alongside fresh West Coast oysters.

Huntington Beach:  Surf Nostalgia, Farmers’ Market & Beach Cruising

Rain

  • With a name like “Surf City USA,” don’t miss the International Surfing Museum, a small space offering a big glimpse into the world of surf culture with memorabilia like the original 16mm camera used for the iconic 60’s documentary Endless Summer.

Shine

  • If you’re craving waves, sign up for surfing lessons at the HB Surf School or pedal along the boardwalk on an all-day beach cruiser (only $15).
  • Downtown, Main Street has a bevy of souvenir shops, and on Tuesday night, a block-long farmer’s market is filled with local heirloom tomatoes and strawberries, honey, olive oils and vinegars.

Where to stay: Kimpton hotels in California

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