The SoCal Living

 

Southern California has definitely become a main staple to live for people with money, beach lovers, fantastic weather, and a certain brand of people that are noticeably recognizable compared to many other types of people living in the United States.

One of the arguments for people when living in California is, which part of California is the best to live in, is it NorCal, or is it SoCal? We just made the case for Northern California after a little rendezvous throughout the the Bay Area, Sacramento County, and the true North North part of California, so if you want to see the case for NorCal, click here.

Southern California

When we went to SoCal, we knew that there were a ton of worldwide attractions for us to check out, so we knew we had to go through San Diego and then spend the rest of the time hanging out for the rest of the time in the greater Los Angeles area.

When we first stopped in San Diego, I was completely taken aback by how beautiful the weather was near where we landed, which was right near the ocean actually, was a beautiful scene. The flight coming in, you can get a great look over much of the beautiful San Diego city, and enjoy the sites of some of the world’s best beaches, and ocean living.

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Vacationing in Northern California

One of the biggest debates between the people of California, which is the better part of California? Is it Northern California, or is it Southern California? This post will cover some of the top features about NorCal, the following post will cover SoCal.

So first off, let’s establish the division between NorCal and SoCal. For the purpose of this post we’re going to leave out Fresno. Sorry Fresknights, but you guys are right in the middle! So above Fresno we will call the NorCal area and below that, it is SoCal. So let’s jump into it.

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Northern California

Northern California was part of the reason the United States people even started to come to California. The Gold Rush brought people from the Eastern part of the United States in search of gold and creating a large fortune, led by John Sutter and his crew and followers, Sacramento, CA became one of the primary destinations for new people who were coming from the East Coast to the West. Read more “Vacationing in Northern California”

West Coast Best Coast

How many of you have explored the coastal line of the North American West Coast? And if you have, how amazed were you by the vast beautiful landscapes that draped over the western coastline of the Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Since there are only 3 major countries that take up the West coast line, it is actually relatively easy to visit the and be able to see the entire coast. Some of my favorite areas to visit on the west coast of North America are listed below.

Vancouver

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Vancouver is the most popping city on the west coast of Canada. It certainly has somewhat of an American feel to it and kind of replicated the city of Seattle just a short boat trip away. In Vancouver, people are an out and about bunch of people, and the atmosphere certainly replicates that. With a beautiful coastline just a short walk from the city and downtown, there are an abundant amount of beaches to get your fix for coastal lifestyle.

Seattle

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Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and it is no wonder considering what kind of city the people have created for themselves. Kind of an off breed of human, Seattle is a hub for new technology, new entrepreneurs, new kinds of music, and just all around off the center brand of people. And we have not even begun to talk about what kind of environment Seattle has. Somewhat replicating a hilly downtown paradise, Seattle has a number of different beaches surrounding baasically the entire city as well as bay areas and rivers to go to. If you want a techy city to explore after you spend your afternoon at the beach, Seattle is one of your best options.

Humboldt

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If you like to explore the depths of forests and stumble upon a beautiful coastline in Northern California, Humboldt is your city. Humboldt is literally covered in trees and the trees are so dense that you will start to smell the ocean breeze before you actually even see it. But once you get thre, you will be in awe at movie like beaches and feelings when your feet hit the sand of Humboldt beaches.

Bodega Bay

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If you are a fan of old timey movies, then you might have seen the beaches of Bodega Bay in movies like Birds among others. Bodewga Bay is a very small town made up of mostly vacation homes filled with people who are there for getaways. There are a wide variety of beach homes to rent out for periods of time that are located just a short walk away from some of California’s most beautiful beaches.

San Francisco Bay Area

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San Francisco Bay contains some of the smartest and most tech savvy people in the world, it is also a very tourist friendly city to attend. San Francisco is also home to some of the finest oceans to check out. San Francisco is a very densely populated city but it is sure one great city to visit.

Los Angeles Bay

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Los Angeles is one of the most famous places in the world to check out the babes and the beaches. LA has some warm oceans to swim in, and some bootylicious babes to check out and go to parties with. IF you area very social butterfly, then you will certainly appreciate checking out the cities in Los Angeles along with going to some of the most popular beaches in the world.

Cabo San Lucas

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One of the most famous cities to go to on vacations, whether from Mexico or anywhere else in the world. Cabo has some fantastic scenery to check out while you are there. Cabo is probably one of the top vacation destinations.

Exploring California

Overall, the country has chosen time and time again that California is the best place in the United States to live in. Many statistics can prove that. Also, just the absurd amount of people that live in the state have spoken louder than words that they love living here too. One of the biggest booms in economics came when Gold was discovered in California. The Gold Rush brought many people from all over the world to California in search of gold, but they found so much more.

Beautiful coastal fronts, lavish forests filled with trees, mountains that stretch for hundreds of miles, a mass amount of wildlife diversity, a diverse climate, an incredible amount of waterway, including lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and oceans cover the city. All of this is only part of what makes up California, and what makes it such a hot destination spot.coastal home

After years of people changing where they reside, California became a top destination around the world. With the booming growth in San Diego, Los Angeles, and the bay area, you will notice that the wealthiest people have all decided that they love California so much that they need to stick a home in there. And you will notice that these are not just any kind of homes. Some of them are so enormous and lavish that every single portion of some of these homes just strike you with awe and admiration. My uncle has continued to manage his crew of carpet cleaners for many of the uber wealthy homes in the North Bay area. Let me tell you, I have heard many stories of incredible homes with features that you did not even think were real until you saw them. Things like retractable furniture, holograms, and other cool tech gear.

Sometimes as a tourist, it is nice to be able to check out some of these great homes and just imagine what kind of life some of these wealthy people are living.

There is this cool app that came out called AirBnB. It is an app that allows people who own home to be able to rent out a room, or the entire house to a tourist who is staying for a short amount of time. AirBnB has allowed me to stay in some of the finest homes in the bay area and San Diego, even if it was just for a very short amount of time.  Read more “Exploring California”

Things to Do in Kauai

Like previously posted Kauai is the best Hawaiian island out of all of them, no joke.  Once you land on the island you will know immediately what I’m talking about.  Pictures simply can’t do any justice for the beauty.  If you’ve ever had dreams about what paradise looks like I know for sure it’s an image of Kauai.  There really is nothing compared to Kauai.  Once you set your eyes on the island for the first time you will fall in love forever.  In my opinion, Kauai is Hawaii’s best kept secret.  Many tourists and newbies flock to the main islands where all the commercial skyscrapers and resorts are.
 
The amazing thing about Kauai is there’s so many activities to do.  The island itself isn’t that big so one can literally take a tour of the whole island in less than a day.  You will never be bored on the island either.  Before taking a trip to Kauai, again it is advised that you bring money.  Nothing is for free in life, but having an amazing trip for two weeks is priceless.  It’s true, Kauai is the romance island.  I’ve never seen more married couples on honeymoons than when I was in Kauai.
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Big City Vacationing

The word vacation can implement various ideas in your head when you think of the word. For some people, the word vacation can simply mean time off of work. Others, a vacation is to some special environment, like a beach town, camping grounds, or in the mountains. Most of the people around me, who live in a small town in the eastern edge of Portland, a vacation to them is a trip to a big city.

Being on the west coast, there are a lot of beautiful big cities to hit up, but most of them are in California. Living in Oregon, my family’s vacations were often to Portland, Seattle, and Boise. Among them, I have had an abundant amount of fun in these 3 cities. They are all so different in the culture among them, but provide so much to do throughout the landscape.

Portland

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Visiting Portland Oregon, most often we would find ourselves at a high class hotel in the middle of the city. We liked to be close to the central downtown area of the big cities we went to sow we could see the most action going on. Our hotel that we stayed at, we were treated to upper echelon service. Since we usually drove, upon arrival, our vehicles were handled by the staff on hand of valetportland.com, who, funnily enough, worked a wedding we went to at the Leach Botanical Gardens. We were also treated to fantastic transportation and actually hardly used our car for the majority of these trips. Portland is very ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to public transportation. Many of the downtown city dwellers use bicycles as their primary means of traveling downtown. They also have one of the fastest growing light rail systems in the country, that allow mass amounts of people to travel around the city across the various light rail routes to reach their destinations.  Read more “Big City Vacationing”

Coastal Travels

When you hear the word vacation, what do you think of? Maybe it’s the traveling to get to the destination, whether it be by bus, car, plane, or train. Maybe people think of camping vacations. Some people, like me, think about going to the coastline or to some large body of water for a vacation.

Growing up in Oregon, most of my fall through Spring consisted of going to school day in and day out in the middle of my town, spending most of my weekends either hanging out with friends, with family, or doing odd jobs. When summer came along, that was always when the big trips happened. Being on the west coast, there was so much opportunity that awaited us. We explored mountains, we explored forests, we hung out at beach houses on the ocean, we went to lake houses. But the experiences were not all equal, and didn’t strike me as vacations sometimes. When I imagined going hiking around mountains, that’s what I took the word for, a hike. Not a vacation. To me, the word vacation means taking a break from the hard stuff in life to relax and enjoy being served for once. This always meant ocean chilling.

Whenever I watched movies growing up, when the suburban families would pile all of their kids into the car to take them to a vacation at a far away place, if you had to bet money on where they were going most of the time in these movies.

When you are at the ocean, the sounds of ocean waves must just be operating at a different vibration, the rest of the world or something, because when I think about summer fun, and summer peace, and vacation, I imagine myself laying down with a hat on tanning by the ocean, getting some good relaxation time from all my troubles in life.

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Kauai, the The Best Hawaiian Island

If you’ve ever thought of vacationing in Hawaii you’ve probably thought of the tourist islands like Maui or Oahu. Most of the main islands attract tons of tourists every year. Personally I don’t recommend going to the big islands where all the tourists congregate. Packed, crowded beaches was never my favorite growing up. Most people never give the small island of Kauai the chance. Kauai is the farthest island to the east, closest to Asia. If you’ve ever seen the movies Jurassic Park or LILO & Stitch you know what Kauai looks like. Most people make the claim, “Kauai is what Hawaii used to look like.” If your looking for raw Hawaii with amazing scenery and beaches, then Kauai is your island.

Most of the time the island is filled with celebrities and honey mooners. Kauai also has the most exotic mountain range on the coast of the ocean I’ve ever seen. The world famous mountain range that you seen in LILO & Stitch is known as the Napoli Coast. I remember taking a tour of the Napoli coast on a sail boat. It was an amazing scene to see but if you get sea sick, it’s not the best way to see the coast. Next time I go to see the Napoli Coast I’m taking the helicopter tour. There’s so many things to do on the island. Whether you like laying on the beach, ATVing, Zip lining, scuba diving, sailing Kauai has it all.

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Vacations

Vacations are always something people look forward to when living their lives out.  Everyone dreams of laying on the sandy beach, soaking in all the sun, drinking piña colodas with their loved ones.  It’s tough to experience that when your working 40 plus hours a week with no time or money to use for vacation and relaxation time.  It’s very difficult when deciding which places to fly or drive to for vacation, there’s so many amazing places.  There are a lot of factors when choosing the best place.  You have to factor in cost, amount of people you’ll be with, if your wanting a lazy type of vacation or eager sight seeing vacation.  I’ve personally been to a few exotic vacation places including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Barbados, and Aruba to name a couple.
Out of all the places I’ve been to for vacation Hawaii was the best by far and the destination I recommend vacation.  There is something about the smell of Hawaiian land that just gets me going.  I felt a unique type of rejuvenation from leaving the mainland and spending a couple days kicking back and relaxing on the ocean.  I had an amazing experience due to my friend.  My friend Jason had the perfect set up for us when we flew to Hawaii.  Jason had his grandparents time share for the week in Hawaii to kick back and party.  Within walking distance of his grandparent’s time share was the Hyatt Resort on the beach.  There was no other pool quite as beautiful and exotic as the one there.  Words are no justice for describing the setting, but let’s just say it was truly breathtaking.
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