Anyone been to California?

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  1. Laura_C

    Laura_C Well-Known Member

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    Wasn't sure where to post this but I'm considering booking a holiday next year to California but haven't a clue where to start! It's hubby's 30th in April next year so was thinking we could have a really memorable family holiday to celebrate. I was thinking of booking around May/June school holiday as that's as close as I can get to his actual birthday. We will have a 5 year old and an 18 month old so obviously wanna keep them occupied. Was thinking maybe San Diego or somewhere like that? With the famous Zoo and there is also a Disneyland in California now too.

    If anyone has been any reviews opinions would be great!! Was thinking of just booking a few nights to NYC for the two of us but I'd just miss the kids too much!
     
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    pinkyprincess Well-Known Member

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    I went a couple of years ago. My dads BIL lives out there. We stayed in a place called Dana Point (sort if between LA and San Diego you would need to hire a car I think) which was lovely it was a suburban beach town. My dads BIL rented a house for us (there were 4 adults and 2 kids tho) but it meant we could eat in (aka order in amazing mexican food.) Dana has beaches (including a kiddy beach) lots of restaurants, some nice shops and whale watching boat trips!! (We saw hundreds of dolphins and 2 blue whales.)
    In regards to activities, sea world is a MUST! I've never been anywhere so amazing, my little brothers loved it (not as much as me haha!) I also paid extra to swim with a whale. The good thing about sea world also is that it's not hugely crowded as apposed to other places.
    Disney was terrible I thought! It was stupidly crowded, rides weren't up to
    much at all and you have to queue up to meet all the Disney characters (I'm talking like 20 deep.) I was quite disappointed.
    Universal studios is the bollocks! But if you have a little in with you, you might not be able to fully appreciate it as a lot of the rides are quite big, but there is the curious george water park, shrek in 4D and simpsons ride!

    Hope this helps if you want more info let me know :)

    1st pic is Dana kiddy beach
    2nd is the view over Dana Harbour
    3rd My little brother at universal
    4th Dolphins at sea world
    5th dolphins on Dana boat trip


     

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    Laura_C Well-Known Member

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    Thanks so much for all this info and pics hun, it looks fab!!

    Def sounds like it would be a great holiday with the kids :)
     
  4. TORino

    TORino Well-Known Member

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    I have travelled around California, it is a wonderful place.

    I have been to:

    LA (in and around) including:
    Beverley Hills
    Bel Air
    Santa Monica
    Malibu
    Hollywood

    Santa Barbara
    Pismo Beach
    Monterey
    Carmel
    Big Sur
    San Francisco
    Oakland
    Modesto/Fresno
    Yosemite
    Tuloumne Meadows
    Bishop
    Palm Springs

    I can't comment on Anaheim and the southern LA beaches which are probably more suited to a family trip if you are wanting to do disney etc.

    California is stacked full of outdoor/natural wonders but with a family the travelling might be a bit of a pest travelling to get to them. My favourites were the Sierra Nevada/Yosemite/Big Sur. But there are places like the Mojave desert and Napa Valley too.

    If I ever go back San Diego will definitely be on my list.

    Enjoy (I am very jealous!)
     
  5. babyem

    babyem Well-Known Member

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    I wish i had lol!
     
  6. Samantha86

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    I have and its a great place.
     

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