Different city, different beach.
In Santa Barbara most of the buildings look the same. The same Spanish architecture, discreet signage that makes it a little more difficult to ascertain a courthouse from a grocery store ... or a gas station. True story, when you don't know your way around and your GPS is mysteriously saying you are in Temecula, every building has the potential to be a gas station. Until it doesn't.
And no one seems to know where a gas station is. "Um, maybe drive that way?" said not one but two pedestrians. Silly us for asking pedestrians. They don't need gasoline to walk.
The good news is that driving "that way" led us to the beach, and that is never a bad thing, especially when it's 80 degrees in November.
We have learned a few things living in Southern California for seven years.
1. There are great things in every direction. A two-hour day trip can do wonders for the L.A. blues.
2. Always keep a bag packed with beach towels and sunscreen in the back of the car. Just in case.
3. Also, keep some beach tennis supplies in that bag. Fun times!
4. Kick off the shoes and get sandy. It comes off in the shower/wash.