Southern California Coast, Hwy 1 & I-5 Dana Point – San Diego

There are over 66 miles of magnificent beaches, coves, bluffs and bays along this stretch of California.  There were so many places we wanted to stop and explore along the way  but parking is always a challenge when we’re pulling the fifth-wheel.

Doheny S.B. is an absolutely beautiful location, we were in site #72 ( no hook-ups).

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Doheny State Beach

We enjoyed sitting on the beach, watching the waves gently roll in, seeing dolphins swim by and pelicans glide across the water it was so nourishing  for the soul.

The sunsets were incredible and it made me reflect on our travels, our lives and feeling so fortunate to be able to experience this wonderful journey.

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Can you see those mounds along the beach*

*There was an interesting thing that happened everyday we were there, we would see these mounds of smooth, small rocks and pebbles that would form at different locations on the shoreline.  Everyday we would wake up and the mounds would be in a new location, I’m a crazy rock loving person so it fascinated me 😉 !

Doheny S.B. – Pros – Beautiful location (especially beachfront sites), awesome beach, incredible sunsets, close to town and easy access.  Cons – some areas of the park felt unsafe.

Before heading to our next destination along the coast we decided to head inland and make a stop at the Pala Casino RV Resort.  The park is very highly rated in many RV park reviews, so we had to check it out.  Pala was a very well managed, clean, spacious and quiet park, (during the weekend every sight was occupied).

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DSCN6824We visited Old Town Temecula and Callaway winery to the north of us.

Then we explored the town of Escondido and made a stop at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, good food and good beer!

From Pala we headed to our next destination, South Carlsbad S.B., it is a beautiful and very popular campground.

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Carlsbad coastline

We were in site #38, there are no hookups but the freshwater fill and dump stations are conveniently located within the park.

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View from the RV

There are a long flight of stairs going down to the beach.

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Everyday we walked on the beach there were these amazing sand creations, truly natures artwork!  So Cool:)

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The sunsets and sunrises were fantastic!

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We also stumbled upon Carlsbad’s Famous Alkaline Water, we went there several times!

South Carlsbad S.B., Pros – Beautiful location, Sunsets, cool beach and nice campsites, Carlsbad Alkaline water.  Cons – None 😉

We have been looking forward to visiting San Diego ever since we got our RV, so we decided to make it an extended stay.  There are so many RV parks to choose from on the outskirts of San Diego, we chose Mission Bay RV Resort because it was closer to many of the things we wanted to do.  The resort is located right next to Mission Bay Park (one of the largest aquatic parks in the country).

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View from our RV

The view from our site was awesome, the park was very clean and the location was perfect for us, but the resort is older and in need of some TLC.  There is a perfect area for walking your dogs with views of Fiesta Island and Mission Bay.

We loved visiting Mt Soledad National Veterans Memorial, it is a beautiful memorial and tribute to the veterans that served our country and helped secure our freedom in this beautiful country.

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Looking towards San Diego
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Mt. Soledad Veteran’s Memorial

The coastline of  La Jolla is magnificent!  DSCN6876

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The Seals were having their pups so it was cool  to see them on the beach.

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We also have to do a shout out to El Pescadero Fish Market in La Jolla!  Great seafood selection!

We visited Sunset Cliffs at sunset ( it was overcast so we didn’t get to see the sunset, maybe next time), but it’s a very scenic location with several areas to walk and explore the coastline.

It was fun visiting Old Town San Diego……

…..while there we went to the Whaley House (one of the most haunted houses in the U.S. – Travel channel).

The Point Loma/Cabrillo National Monument is one of the most visited national monuments in the nation, the view is incredible!

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View of San Diego
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Bayside trail hike – 2 miles

The Cabrillo intertidal area is awesome, you can walk and explore tide pools.

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We took the pups to “Dog Beach”, it was so cool to let the pups run free and enjoy the smells, lol.

We ate so much good food while we were there!  Some of the highlights were, Extraordinary Desserts (Wow, you have to check this place out), Kettner ExchangeThe Crack Shack, Point Loma Seafoods, El Pescadero Fish Market, Green Fix and Old Town Mexican Cafe.

It was an amazing  journey traveling down the beautiful Oregon and California Coast.  There is so much to see and experience everywhere we traveled!  We are so fortunate that all of the places we visited are protected, maintained and created for the enjoyment of all!  I hope by sharing our journey it will spark a desire for you to explore our amazing, magnificent, beautiful country!  Mahalo 🙂 and safe travels to you!

Yachats, OR – San Diego, CA – 1252 miles

2018 – 2 months

 


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