HelloImAMac wrote:I'm a father of 2 girls (4 and 1)
My family and I (2 kids + wife + myself) would like to plan a vacation on the CA coast. we are looking for ideas. A couple of years back we took a vacation in Kauai in Hawaii. It was a wonderful vacation. We are looking for something similar to do in CA (4-5 day road trip). We stayed in a condo apartment in Hawaii right on the beach and my older kid thoroughly enjoyed herself. We would like to give our kids another vacation like that if not the same !. The motivation of not going to Hawaii is mostly cost. Hawaii is expensive - flight + stay + food etc
I live on the north coast of California (Mendocino) and while it is magnificent, it isn't the California beach scene that might come to mind. Proper beach wear around here begins with a warm sweatshirt! Assuming you mean southern California, the quintessential beach scene is probably at Venice Beach. It is a nice (but often crowded) beach where visitors can be always count on being entertained by watching the bizarre activities of some really weird people. For the record, the biggest freaks in California are people who moved her from other states! You might want to also visit the Wild Animal Park near San Diego and of course Disneyland. Scheduling your daily jaunts to avoid the worst traffic is advisable.
When our daughter was 5, our family drove down Baja California to see and TOUCH the Grey Whales. http://www.marinebio.net/marinescience/ ... agoons.htm
It was one of the most incredibly fantastic experiences we've had as a family. (Even better than our trip to the Galapagos which was a great trip too but rather expensive.)
I'd say that a 4-5 day road trip to the town of Guerrero Negro and "Laguna Ojo de Liebre" (Gringos call it Scammon's Lagoon) would be do-able. Whale season is January - March or early April.
If this sounds appealing, you can find lots of info and videos on YouTube. If you have the concerns about being robbed in Baja, we have driven there numerous times with very few problems.
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