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4519, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

In an age when many independent bookstores have surrendered to the advance of chain stores and Amazon, City Lights is a true survivor. Since it was founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1956, it has served as a gathering place for San...

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Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA, USA
Pacific Beach is a great place for swimming, surfing, and bodyboarding. There are a good number of bars, restaurants, and places to stay. Check out the yearly Pacific Beach festival: http://www.pacificbeachfest.org/pbfest/index.htm Or, the largest...
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3000 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
The boardwalk between Mission Beach and Pacific Beach is around 3 miles each way. If you walk from Belmont Park to Pacific Grove, it's a touch shorter at 2 miles each way. At one end is Belmont Park http://www.belmontpark.com/ with a large wooden...
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San Diego, CA, USA
In this image, you can see Highway 101 as it runs along the ocean. The path through the estuary is the train tracks for the Pacific Surfliner. We like to go straight up the 5 to Carlsbad and then meander down along the coastline. Stop anywhere for...
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Avalon, CA 90704, USA
If you can get yourself out there, the backside of Catalina is most beautiful during the late fall and early spring. The lighting is just right, the weather is perfect and it is beauuutiful. Whales Tail splits Little Harbor and Shark Harbor and...
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Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, CA 90292, USA
The boardwalk and bike path from Will Rogers State Beach in the Pacific Palisades to Torrance County Beach in Torrance is a stretch of activity some 20 miles long. Rent a bike, roller or in-line skates, or a Segway and cruise as much of the...
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47000 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Highway 1 runs about 90 miles through this rugged Big Sur coastline and is absolutely stunning. The tall and wild Santa Lucia mountains plummet into the energetic Pacific Ocean. Sea otters, which were thought to be extinct, were discovered living...
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Ocean Blvd, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
Coronado, California is an idyllic beach community famous for many things (the presence of a massive Naval Air Station, a glamorous hotel, and decades of famous visitors) but one of its most accessible claims to fame is one long stretch of golden...
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Coronado, CA, USA
Mary Farley is a yoga instructor with a studio like no other. Instead of cramped spaces with low ceilings and steamy windows, she gathers her students together on a vast beach that looks out towards the Pacific Ocean. Perched on towels with eyes...
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100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The Aquarium of the Pacific is a must for families with children. They'll absolutely love the shark lagoon (you can even touch some of them!), the live feeding sessions, and all the other close encounters you can have with swimmers of the sea. The...
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310 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA
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Pressed Juicery in Manhattan Beach is a lot like the Pacific shore a few strides away: straightforward. Similar to the comfort of knowing you’ll find surf and sand at the beach, the store's drinks consist of only mystery-free ingredients. The...
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1141 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, USA
Residents of misty, moody Ft. Bragg used to throw their garbage from the cliffs above this beach. Entire cars, thrown into the surf. Then they cleaned it up. Decades later, what remains is just a pretty beach and a seemingly endless amount of...