We got there in less than 3 hours BUT there was a race going on. Wharf to wharf and we drove around for 45 minutes in finding an open street. What would of taken us 5 minutes took us longer and the kids woke up just as we saw people passing us by while we waiting for the roads to open. Finally we got to our hotel but the room wasn't ready. Rats! We stayed at the Venetian Hotel. It was old but right at the beach with a nice view. It had enough beds for my family, my parents and my father-in-law. There was also 1 1/2 bathrooms and a small kitchen. The price isn't cheap but it's what you get close to the beach. Now close to our hotel were beautiful homes and condos...or an arm and a leg cost. lol
That day, it was sunny but very windy and chilly. That's the problem with west coast beaches. The water is not warm and this year, the seaweed was wild! The kids loved it though. Making sandcastles, digging holes, find "treasures" around the water and seaweed. At night, it was amazing to see thick fog covering the beach then 2 minutes later, clear then once again, thick fog. The room had a balcony but it was too cold to sit outside so we stayed in, watching the view while sipping coffee. I think everyone enjoyed the trip even though some of us were sick. The kids brought their treasures home. My daughter still has her "treasures" from 3 years ago from Santa Cruz. Keeping them for her until she gets older and maybe enjoys walking on memory lane.
I think next time we'll go somewhere else and see what other beaches there is at the coast. Of course it'll be a beachfront hotel. That's how I roll baby. That's how I roll.
Where we stayed. On the right side, top corner is where our room was. Right accross a small canal and restaurants. The living room window is large so we did have a great view.
Part of out view.
Making sandcastles...or sand mountains.
Some fisherman caught 2 large fish and got them filleted right there at the pier!
It was very chilly early in the morning so my mother brought the hotel blanket for my daughter.
Last pics on the last day.
Looking at the surfers.
Surfs up Dude!