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Venice Beach Basketball
California, Sandy's Shores

Basketball on the Beach: Venice Beach Basketball Courts

As one of the most popular beaches in California, Venice Beach has something to offer everyone. According to the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, over ten million people visit Venice Beach and its boardwalk each year. Not all those visitors are coming for the sand and surf, though. You will find a number of other activities and facilities along the two-mile boardwalk, including some of the most famous basketball courts in the world. Here’s your guide to the Venice Beach basketball courts.

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Places to go in Venice Beach
California, Sandy's Shores

Places to go in Venice Beach, California

Finding the perfect spot for a beach vacation in California can be difficult. There are so many great options! Southern California has multiple great cities to visit, but which is the best to fit you? Do you want a beach with stores to shop, or do you want to just relax in the sun? Maybe you enjoy experiencing all the good food on vacation? If you love all these things and more, then Venice Beach is the beach for you!

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Venice Beach
California, Sandy's Shores

Adventures at the Vibrant and Quirky Venice Beach

Strange, artistic and full of life—that is Venice Beach, California in a nutshell. While I was admiring the scenic beach with gorgeous palm trees, I saw random people in strange costumes that were posing with different tourists. One short gentleman wearing an animal print speedo with a caveman club walked towards my friend and me. We enjoyed socializing with him because of his charismatic personality. By the end of our conversation, he asked us for a tip. I later found out that providing cash to these different boardwalk characters is the expected norm and is a courtesy.

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BBQ at Huntington Beach
California, Huntington Beach

Can You BBQ at Huntington Beach?

Spending the entire day at the beach can be a great way to soak in the sun and surf spray. Whether it’s a once-a-year family vacation or just a quick weekend getaway, there’s nothing quite like getting to lounge and splash your way through a whole day. If you’re going to put in the hours, though, you’re going to get hungry. BBQing can be an excellent way to extend your beach time and add to the festivities. But, can you host a BBQ at Huntington Beach?

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b. candy photo
California, Huntington Beach, Sandy's Shores

The Famous Huntington Beach Candy Store—B. Candy

Huntington Beach isn’t just a place where people love to come to surf or spend a day at the beach with their toes in the sand and splashing in the waves. Huntington Beach is also loved by many for the shopping and dining experiences. And for children and anyone with a sweet tooth and a love for the nostalgic, something that makes Huntington Beach special is the unique candy shop—B. Candy.

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John Wayne Airport Terminal
California, Huntington Beach

John Wayne Airport – Most Convenient Airport for Huntington Beach

If you are planning a trip to Huntington Beach, California, you have several options when choosing an airport to fly in and out of. The airport that is closest and easiest to commute to and from, however, is John Wayne Airport (JWA) in Orange County. Four major US airlines: American, Delta, Southwest, and United, as well as several smaller airlines: Alaska, Frontier, and WestJet all offer flights from JWA. From JWA, Huntington Beach is approximately 11 miles east (or a 25-minute drive) if taking the fastest route per Google Maps. Several types of transportation are offered to and from JWA including multiple cab companies, shuttle services, rental cars, buses and trains, limousines, and private services such as Uber, Lyft, and Wingz. As always, check with your hotel to determine whether they have shuttle service to and from the airport.

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Surfing Mavericks
California, Ocean Adventures, Sandy's Shores

A Ride on the Wild Side: Surfing California’s Infamous Mavericks

Even if you’ve never seen a 30-foot wave in person, a furious wall of water nipping at the sky in its impatience to greet you, the thought – the mere image that your mind is likely conjuring up right now – is enough to strike fear and excitement in the heart of even the wiliest thrill-seekers. So to live it, to experience it first-hand, and to come out the other side? My time spent surfing the waves at Mavericks, waves which are typically over 20 feet but can reach heights triple that size, is a time I will never once forget or take for granted.

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Huntington Beach Surfers
California, Huntington Beach, Sandy's Shores

A Warm Winter Weekend at Huntington Beach, California

Every year, the temperatures hit the single digits in Wisconsin and the sky gets gray and gloomy. All this sun-worshipping, heat-seeking gal wants to do is get to the beach! Preferably one in my favorite state, California. The winning beach this year? The surf capital of the world, Huntington Beach. Only an hour south of Los Angeles, Huntington Beach is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway. It’s small enough to easily navigate, yet hip enough to rival the famous beaches to its north and south.

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