Lifestyle & Parenting

California, here we come

May 30, 2013


The luxurious Laguna Nigel Ritz Carlton is perched on a hill overlooking the Salt Creek surf break where local high school teams practice every morning. After checking the beach cam at the front desk, have your Beach Butler ferry you down on a cart, set up your chairs and towels, and even build sand castles for your kids (yes you read that correctly). Wetsuits and Ritz Carlton skim boards are available, naturally, while free yoga and pilates, tennis courts, a playground and Kids EcoAdventure Center round out the day. A cucumber and Meyer lemon margarita at the oceanview 180Blu lounge is a great way to cap it off.


If you think whale watching is something you do shivering in a neon GoreTex jacket on a wet catamaran, think again. The tours out of Dana Point are more like luxury cruises with a full bar and lots of interesting narrative. Fifty grey whales per day migrate through this area in the spring, but at the very least you will see lots of sea lions and dolphins (we followed a mega-pod of 3,000) and of course, the local species known as stand up paddle boarders.

Sarah Bancroft


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