I'm traveling to California with my boyfriend this july and I would like to spend 2 to 3 weeks for surfing. I'm an intermediate surfer and my boyfriend is more a beginnner. Do you recommend some good surfing spot (preferably outside the big cities and not crowded) with some cheap accomodation option near the beach (we will not have a car, so it would be perfect if the accomodation is within walkink distance from the beach) ?<br /><br />Thaks for the answers and regards from Slovenia
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Jan 7, 2013, 06:26 PM #1Junior Member
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Surf trip near Los Angeles/San Diego
Jan 7, 2013, 06:58 PM #2
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- bolsa chica SB, Huntington Beach,CA
you might try oceanside. book early no matter where you decide to go
Jan 7, 2013, 11:09 PM #3Senior Member
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Yes, book early. If you're willing to camp, try to get a night or two at the San Elijo State Beach Campground. Sites are reserved months in advance but it's an ideal spot for that area (at least south of Oside). You'd be right on the beach and walking distance to good surf, food, and transportation. It's sort of close to the noisy 101, but if you don't mind camping it'll be inexpensive and much closer to the beach than anything else. Wake up, grab a coffee, walk a few feet, then surf. You'd also be a short cab ride (or walk) away from nightlife, and there's local train access to SD and LA. If the campground is already full you might get lucky if someone cancels their reservation.
Without a car there may be privacy or security concerns (board rentals, valuables), but that's nothing that can't be dealt with this far in advance. Just ask your next hotel to stash the stuff you won't use camping. Never stayed there myself, but always felt a good vibe walking through.
Jan 7, 2013, 11:31 PM #4
It’s cheap and right on the water in Pacific Beach (San Diego).
There’s decent surf right out front of the hostel. Make a reservation as far in advance as you can as it fills up quickly, especially in the summer time. I reccomend springing for the private room. There’s a grocery store right across the street (more or less) to get cheap food and booze from, lots of places to rent boards from and plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance.
On a side note, if you have any pictures of yourself in a bathing suit, you should probably post those on this thread, so that we can let you know if it’s legal to wear or not. We have very strict laws about the kinds of bathing suits you can wear in California.
P.S. Watch out for Moose and Squirrel while walkink. Raskolnikov!