Category Archives: Visitor Guide

Coastal access still an issue

By Todd R. Hansen,  Daily Republic November 25, 2016 FAIRFIELD — Forty years after Californians demanded more access to the ocean, getting to the beaches is still a problem. “Despite the (California) Coastal Act’s guarantee of access for all Californians, the poll found significant barriers remain,” Jon Christensen, lead investigator for the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability study, said in a statement released with the latest Field Poll. Sixty-two percent of voters polled indicated access to the coast and beaches is a problem. More...
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The allure of California’s central coast

By Lauren Williams, Staff Writer  Orange County Register November 27, 2016 Pristine coastal expanses and rolling hills characterize the Central Coast, and for me, this stretch of our state epitomizes everything that is wonderful about California living. Upon leaving Southern California, travelers pass through Ventura’s farmlands that butt up against the coast. In Santa Barbara, tall trees shade the 101. Should you continue on, the rolling hills of the Los Padres National Forest give way to more gentle slopes covered in vineyards. My blood pressure drops just thinking of these sights. On a recent weekend, in the dead of Southern California’s toasty Indian summer, my family woke early to make the six-hour journey to the Central Coast and Hearst Castle – dogs and all. We left while the sun was still low in the sky and decided to casually make our way to San Simeon, visiting favorite haunts and stopping for lunch along the way. More...
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Coastal Cruising In Southern California information round up

If you want to discover the pristine California that hardly anyone gets to see it should be done from the water looking back at the coast.  That is the view that original European explorers and native American Channel Island dwellers had.  Much of the coast and most of the Channel Islands remain unspoiled.  However, relatively few California visitors or residents venture out by boat whether power or sail, charter or private because of perceived or actual discomfort.  Such discomfort is minor compared to the experience of seeing large schools of dolphins playing, pelicans diving, whales breaching and seals sunning themselves on large buoys at harbor entrances greeting you with a yawn or a bark.   In sheltered coves of the Channel Islands some moorings and safe anchorages exist where, after arrival one can swim and snorkel an enjoy world class under water wild life with family and friends before preparing the evening meal.  Cruisers are...
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Meet the Artists for Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show

Friday, October 17, 2014 AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND - We introduced you last week to four of the plein air painters who will be featured at the Catalina Island Conservancy's Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale on Oct. 26. This week, we would like to you to meet four more artists. Each will be among the 10 plein air painters who have spent considerable time on Catalina capturing the Island’s conservation in their works. All are plein air artists, which is a French term that translates as “in the open air.” It means these artists paint nature while they are in nature. The Conservancy has been sponsoring the art show and sale since 2011, and proceeds from the sales of the artwork benefit the Conservancy, including establishing a permanent collection of plein air art that can be seen at the Nature Center in Avalon. Among the artists participating in Catalina: The Wild Side this year is Andy...
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Heaven built on sand, Life’s a beach in Southern California

By Irene Seiberling, The Leader-Post October 17, 2014 A trip to Southern California wouldn't be complete without at least one glorious day spent exploring of the fabulous Orange County beaches, situated between Los Angeles and San Diego. Several beaches can be comfortably visited and appreciated in one day, such as Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. Each beach has a character of its own. appealing to both locals and international visitors alike. Pepe Avila, director of tourism development for the Anaheim Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau, offered these one word descriptions: Laguna Beach is "eclectic." Newport Beach is "sophisticated." Huntington Beach is "laid-back." Here's why each of these beaches is worth a visit: Laguna Beach Laguna Beach will particularly appeal to artists, with numerous art galleries and art events to discover and enjoy. Laguna's three summer outdoor art festivals feature over 500 artists and 300 art workshops. The seaside community's trendy shopping areas are sure to delight those looking for unique treasures or...
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5 reasons to visit Catalina Island in the fall

Published: Oct. 15, 2014 Updated: 12:31 p.m.
It’s the not-so-little island that sits some 20 miles off the coast of Orange County. It draws visitors all summer, but once the leaves start to fall, the tide of visitors turns to a trickle. With plenty to do and off-season prices, however, the autumn months are a perfect time to pay a visit to Catalina Island. Here are five reasons why Catalina is an ideal fall getaway: FESTIVALS 1 Although the weekday crowds have largely disappeared, the festivities continue in Avalon. From smooth jazz festivals to fall celebrations, a harvest dinner, Halloween parade and costume party Avalon comes alive in the fall. This year is the first the city will play host to Oktoberfest on the Beach (on Saturday) with appetizers and unlimited beer...
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Sperm Whales Drone Video Shot with GoPro Hero4

  Sperm Whales GoPro DRONE VIDEO by Danawharf

This is the first release of the SPERM WHALES GoPro  drone video , here is the full story on how we got not one but 2 amazing drone videos of rare Sperm Whales off our coast. SPERM WHALE video shot in 4K , with a GO PRO 4 Drone.

This Dana Wharf exclusive video featuring Sperm Whales frolicking off the Orange County Coast and specifically Dana Point is the first ever Drone footage from the encounter off Dana Point 10/6/14. Sperm Whales have never been seen close to shore off the coast of California.

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Travel and Adventure: Charm and adventure abound on Catalina Island

By Doug Hansen Creators Syndicate - This trip to Southern California's Catalina Island doesn't even compare with the last one I did 25 years ago. That time I made the mistake that many do of just walking around Avalon, shopping and eating, spending the night and then leaving. But while Avalon is a delightful place and time spent here is worthwhile, it's not sufficient to fully savor all that Catalina Island offers. Continue Reading...  ...
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New boat show debuts at Harbor Island’s Sunroad Marina Jan. 28-31

by Nicole Sours Larson - When the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show opens at Sunroad Marina at the east end of Harbor Island on Jan. 28 for a four-day run, it will have more than a new venue name. Replacing the annual San Diego Convention Center boat show formerly held in early January, the new show will have a different look and approach. On-land exhibitors will display their wares under canopies and all but small trailerable boats will be at docks in the water. Continue Reading... ...
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Character Assassin, Act Out Mystery Theatre, Long Beach, CA

James Scarborough - Huffington Post

Man of Letters/Minor Critic Don't play with your food. That's what our parents used to say. Perhaps they'd be a little more obliging if they could see Act Out Mystery Theatre's Character Assassin, staged at the Reef Restaurant. Written and directed by Paul Vander Roest, it's not just a play (a good one), or a meal (a good one), it's interactive, it's both, a play and a meal, so you're encouraged to play while you eat. Some of us participate (face it, we're all red herrings, one way or another), we all sleuth, trying to figure out who killed famed mystery writer Dame Hagatha Christie Higgins Hark at a reading of her latest murder mystery. Continue Reading... ...
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