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Trestles train

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Trestles train Trestles Beach attracts surfers from all over the world to experience the perfect wave. Trestles are named after the railroad bridge over San Mateo Creek near the entrance to the beach. The 3½-mile-long beach consists of five separate surf breaks: Cotton, Uppers, Middles, Lowers, and Church To get to Trestles, you will have […]

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Royal Terns dancing on the beach

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Royal Terns dancing on the beach at Trestles   The royal tern (Thalasseus maximus) is a tern in the family Laridae. The genus name is from Ancient Greek Thalasseus, “fisherman”, from thalassa, “sea”. The specific maximus is Latin for ‘”greatest”. This bird has two distinctive subspecies: T. m. maximus which lives on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the North and South America, and the slightly smaller T. m. albididorsalis lives on the […]

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Trestles – the Yosemite of surfing

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You can stand with one foot in Orange County and the other foot in San Diego County on the beach! It’s a fun nature-filled walk to the beach. Entertaining for the kids to watch the trains go by. Off-season it was pretty quiet on the beach. Great views of Dana Point Headlands and the San […]

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Ventura California pier view

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Ventura California pier view Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. European explorers encountered a Chumash village, referred to as Shisholop, in Ventura while traveling along the Pacific coast. The eponymous Mission San Buenaventura was founded nearby in 1782 where it benefitted from the water of the Ventura River. The town grew around the mission compound […]

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Ventura beach

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Ventura beach The sandy beach at Ventura Pier is the main central beach of Ventura. The San Buenaventura City Pier is an old wooden structure on wooden pilings that attracts fishermen and tourists who visit the Ventura waterfront. The view from the beach and the pier looks out over Pier point Bay toward the Channel Islands. […]

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Channel Islands at sunset

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Channel Islands at sunset Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary is comprised of five Channel Islands along the Santa Barbara Channel and their ocean environment. From north to south, the islands are San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara. Close to the California mainland and only a short trip away from Los Angeles, the […]

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Monterey Coastline in Black&White

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  Monterey Coastline in Black&White The Monterey and Carmel rugged rocky coastline is just south of Big Sur… The views and the sights along Highway #1 are some of the best you will see along the CA coast. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to take it all in…it’s a little over whelming […]

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northern CA coastline

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northern CA coastline The Humboldt County coast is chock full of wild and remote beaches that beg for exploration. Just north of the Mendocino County line is the city of Shelter Cove, located at the end of a twisty 25-mile drive from Highway 101. It’s worth the drive to get there to walk on Black […]

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Northern CA coast sunset

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Northern CA coast sunset Just when you think California beaches can’t get any more beautiful, the sun sets over the horizon for the night – splashing the sky with vibrant colors – and the scene suddenly looks like something of a painting. It has to be one of the most relaxing ways to end your […]

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Sunset over Catalina

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Sunset over Catalina San Clemente is a city in Orange County, California. It’s known for San Onofre and San Clemente state beaches, with their surf breaks and sandstone bluffs. Running along the coast, the Beach Trail offers sea views and green parks. Near T-Street Beach, long San Clemente Pier stretches out into the Pacific Ocean. […]