The California Beach Hop……..๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ„โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿน๐Ÿค™๐ŸŒ…

Europeโ€™s Beaches are spectacular……but guess what??? ย So are California’s โ€ผ๏ธ Our Europe Hop & Harbor Hop were halted, but our Beach Hop is hoppin!!๐Ÿ˜‚ย  First stop is San Clemente, …..Wow๐Ÿฅฐ!! Conceived & built by Ole Hanson in 1925 as โ€œThe Spanish Village by the Sea!โ€ ๐Ÿค—. This alluring Village is like no other…. beginning with the quaintย  boutique style 1947ย  Beachcomber Inn picturesquely perched OCEANFRONT! ๐Ÿค—Besides the stunning views, each cozily elegant Villa has its own kitchen, & private porch.ย  It was one of San Clementeโ€™s first hotels built in Ole Hansonโ€™s romantic Spanish style & remains an historic landmark!ย  Check out the to die for views of the palm lined beach, surfers, Catalina Island out there and theย  famous wooden Pier built in 1928!! There is sooo much more to see in San Clemente that we will be posting next for You!ย  Itโ€™s really hard to pick a favorite California coastal town, but this one is right up there!… and we sure hope you enjoy it too!!๐Ÿ˜. Wait till you see itโ€™s own State Beach Parkย  for your RV or camping! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿš. And itโ€™s only a 10 minute drive from Dana Pointย  where we left you last! โ›ต๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿš๐ŸŒŽโฃ๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ

Stunningย  San Clemente…the LITTLE village with a BIG history…fromย  Famousย  Surfers to Infamous Presidents!! ๐Ÿค—. ย Here you see theย  Piers Fishermansย  Restaurant view down the beach to Cottons Point waay at the end!ย  Also the The Beachcomber Inn perched on the cliff from the last post !๐Ÿค— This beach has it ALL…fire rings, picnic tables, volleyball,ย  a scenic beach trail & even itโ€™s own Pier train stop!ย ย Hobie Alter, 1950โ€™s surf & sailing entrepreneur of nearby Danaย  Point, surfed here & it remains a worldwide surfing destination! ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™‚๏ธ. Cottons Point, named after Financier HH Cotton built his 20 acre oceanfront mansion which once housedย  4500+ guests for aย  party & horse race on his own private track. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ‡ President FD Roosevelt often vacationed here to spend time with Cotton & Ole Hanson the developers of San Clemente.ย  In 1969,ย  the famous estate became President Nixonโ€™s Western Whitehouse & is currently privately owned, valued around 63 Million!๐Ÿ’ฐ Next, just up from the Pier is Del Mar Street where Ole Hansonโ€™s โ€œSpanish Village by the Seaโ€ lives on with the darling 1926ย  Hotel San Clemente !ย  Also still operating is his Beach Club …his bowling alley, casino, & movie theater are under renovation.ย  Next Hansonโ€™s beautiful seaview home โ€œCasa Romanticaโ€ high on the hill overlooking the Sea & famous Pier is now a cultural center.ย Flyby loved the OCEANFRONT San Clemente State Park,ย  before going to Europe!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿš. This charming Spanish Village really does offer so much , we love San Clemente & we hope you do too! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿš๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฅ‚PS…Sally is still hobbling,ย  photos by Paul!๐Ÿ‘Œ

Flybye….leaving California for Maryland to ship over to EUROPE one year ago!! ๐Ÿš๐ŸŒŽโ€ผ๏ธWe knew it was going to be an adventure…. but couldnโ€™t even have imagined the adventures of driving 6000 miles through 6 Countries!!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿš. Filled with wonderful people, breathtaking sights, fun activities & food……oh yeah &ย  getting lost with GPS , old towns with no way out , signs & language we didnโ€™t understand, ……. We laughed & cried our way along the greatest adventure of our lives!! And canโ€™t wait to go back again !!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿš๐ŸŒŽ We have learned to be grateful for every moment………This rehab break was definitely not in our AdventuAyers plan……we were supposed to be picking up Flybye again in Barcelona…. but life is still beautiful , we are back on our liveaboard Sailboat โ›ต๏ธ & Sally is improving everyday! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ˜. We are getting out & about more … the Adventureย  is coming back in AdventureAyers! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸคฃAnd your adventures are inspiring & encouraging us….Thank you๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜5B27AEA4-5575-45C7-ACB3-1AF8EC095C14.jpeg

Aliso Beach๐Ÿ’–…Nestled below the Laguna cliffs,ย  this pretty palm lined beach nails it from rocky coves to golden sand and plenty of surf!!๐Ÿ˜. If you like tide pooling & beach strollsย  or more exciting skim boarding, surfing , & snorkeling, this is YOUR beach!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™Œ. Situated right on Hwy 1 with easy parking, & directly across from The Ranch at Laguna Beach resort, itโ€™s the perfect getaway for everyone!ย  The Resort is carved into an 87ย  acre lush dramatic canyon ! Itโ€™s awesome & we will be posting from there next!!๐Ÿคฉ This is an EPIC RV day stop & if you want equally lovely overnight spots youโ€™ll find Crystal Cove, San Clemente & Doheny State Parks within minutes! ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ™Œ Flybye gives them all a thumbs up!! ๐Ÿ‘ Visiting by boat, just drop anchor at Dana Point Harbor & take the trolley!๐Ÿ‘โ›ต๏ธ๐ŸšŽ The Beach Hop goes on……We love this cozy, fun beach & we hope you enjoy it too! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿค—

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The Ranch….One of National Geographicโ€™s Unique Lodges of the World!๐Ÿคฉย You can see why…..,just as you turn off Hwy 1, you will be mesmerized by the 87 acre secluded Canyon overlooking Aliso Beach! ๐ŸŒ…Then just follow along Aliso Creek to discover the picturesque 9 hole Ben Brown Golf Course! ๐ŸŒ๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ And nestled around the course youโ€™ll find lodging like The Tree House above the bridge with a 360 degree view, wrap around deck & itโ€™s own gazebo or lovely Creekside, Canyon & Cottage lodging.ย  Nature, hiking, golf AND the premier boutique Sycamore SPA & Pool…..all this just a short stroll to beautiful Aliso Beach that we posted last! ๐Ÿ–Does it get any better?? YES…..relax on the peaceful Harvest dining patio or course patios & breathe in the canyon & golf course views! โ˜บ๏ธ Cold outside?,,,enjoy the view from the roaring fireside bar & dining ! ๐Ÿ”ฅ Well, there areย  61 National Geographic Unique Lodges that span 34 Countries & 6 Continents.ย  They are dedicated to protecting the surrounding habitat & culture!ย  Who knew this is the only one in California? ๐Ÿค— The welcoming & friendly staff will make you feel right at home…whether youโ€™re coming to enjoy the ambience like we did, or for a stay!ย  Driving, camping or anchored close by?…donโ€™t miss this…..we were charmed & we hope you are too!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿšโ›ต๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŒ๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ–๐ŸŒ…

Europe Hopping was fun, Harbor Hopping was great… and Beach Hopping is a blast too!!! ๐Ÿ™ŒJust wait till you see Crystal Cove & on into main Laguna Beach!!! ย ๐Ÿ‘. ย They are just up the road and think youโ€™re gonna love them!๐Ÿ˜ ย Until then , Happy Trails & God Bless!! ย ๐Ÿšโ›ต๏ธ๐Ÿ™

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