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Mar 04, 2021

Oceanside

Oceanside is a typical southern California beach town with a surf culture and with the Pacific Coast Highway running right through it.

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Mar 03, 2021

California's Pacific Coast Highway is falling into the ocean. Is this the end of the road for one of America's most scenic drives?

Soaring mountains on one side of the road and the Pacific Ocean on the other: It was 1956 and Gary Griggs was experiencing California State Route 1 for the first time.

He was a child, but in the following decades he would drive this scenic stretch of road, called the Pacific Coast Highway, dozens of times. He'd also learn how fragile it is.

In 2017, Griggs consulted on a major repair to the highway as an erosion expert. Now, he says the iconic road's days may be numbered – at least in its current form.

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Mar 03, 2021

Climate change threatens fragile Pacific Coast Highway

Construction crews work on a section of California Highway 1, known as the Pacific Coast Highway, which collapsed into the Pacific Ocean near Big Sur, Calif. on Jan. 31, 2021. Heavy rains caused debris flows of trees, boulders and mud that washed out a 150-foot section of the road.

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Mar 02, 2021

California’s Rugged Central Coast Is a Bird-watcher’s Paradise

On a road trip down the Golden State's Central Coast, observe red-tailed hawks, yellow-rumped warblers, and more on a bird-watching trip of a lifetime.

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Feb 27, 2021

Get out, enjoy nature at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

It is incredible how a year has gone by when traveling was limited in the state of California.

With some restrictions lifted, it is time to enjoy the great outdoors once more.

The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve near Huntington Beach is a great place to start.

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Feb 15, 2021

Malibu

Malibu is a beach city north of Los Angeles famous for the celebrities who live there in expensive homes and the Pacific Coast Highway runs through it and there are beaches and hikes for all to enjoy.

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Feb 12, 2021

Sondors takes $5,000 Metacycle for cruise along the Pacific Coast Highway

Last month, California-based ebike maker Sondors revealed that a budget-friendly electric motorcycle was in development. The company has since taken the Metacycle on a road trip from Irvine to Long Beach, which gives more insight into the real-world range we can expect from the striking e-moto.

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Feb 12, 2021

Destination: S.L.O. County’s Highway 1

Prior to “Lockdown 2.0” in December, my fall travels included a blissful wellness-centric escape up the coast. I was on a mission to explore the southernmost portion of California’s iconic Pacific Coast Highway that meanders through the charming small towns on San Luis Obispo County’s seaside. My solo adventure was crafted as a mini personal retreat to soothe my pandemic-rattled nervous system, and now that leisure travel is once again permitted (within 120 miles of home), I’m ready to do it all over again.

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Feb 09, 2021

$20 million for a Malibu home with 35-foot ceilings and a sky bridge

When working with architect Ed Niles on the design of their Malibu home in the early ‘80s, Milton and Saralyn Sidley requested a modern home with consideration paid to the coastline’s seismic activity.

What they got was an out-of-this-world, 4,356-square-foot home made up of two steel and glass structures that are connected by a sky bridge. Completed in 1992, the architectural marvel took five years to construct and was the couple’s second home designed by Niles.

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Feb 02, 2021

Slide washes out Central Coast portion of Highway 1

A section of State Route 1 just south of Big Sur was washed away by a debris flow following heavy rains; the roadway remains closed as Caltrans assesses the damage.

A hillside at Rat Creek near mile marker 30 on Highway 1 gave way Thursday, spilling onto the highway and causing a portion of the road to erode into the ocean, after heavy rains drenched much of the region.

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Jan 31, 2021

After tearful video, community comes to the aid of Long Beach restaurant drowning in debt

Oscar Rodriguez, owner of Cantarito Molito’s Grill on Pacific Coast Highway, posted a heartfelt video to the restaurant’s Instagram page letting customers know the COVID-19 pandemic was driving the restaurant to the verge of closing.

- ADVERTISEMENT -In the video, Rodriguez is seen fighting back tears saying that he doesn’t want to close his doors and urges people to help out in any way they can.

The community heeded his call. As of Saturday afternoon, the video has picked up over 40,000 views and grabbed the attention of Tito Rodriguez—most commonly known as the Hood Santa for his humanitarian group Local Hearts.

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Jan 31, 2021

Part Of California’s Famous Highway 1 Collapses After Heavy Rain

See this amazing drone video.

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Jan 30, 2021

How To Spend A Perfect Weekend In Carlsbad, CA

Just a few miles north of San Diego is the quiet beach town of Carlsbad, known for its charming downtown village, year-round temperate weather, and long stretches of sandy beaches. A weekend in this upscale enclave will be relaxing and refreshing, offering plenty of opportunities to get outdoors, enjoy the scenic surroundings, and sample gourmet cuisine.

Carlsbad is located an hour and a half south of Los Angeles and just thirty minutes north of San Diego. It’s easily accessible by car, but if you’d prefer to avoid any traffic, try taking the train instead.

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Jan 30, 2021

ON THE WATER: Iconic Swordfish Sign A Big Catch

What a catch!

“It is 29 feet long and 12 feet high,” boasted Don Lace, who along with his younger brother Jeff landed Southern California’s most iconic fish.

The brightly illuminated blue outline of a swordfish that was located at 16278 Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset Beach for decades was reeled in by the Lace brothers, who consider their role as stewards for the iconic sign. The once-neon Don’s, as in Don the Beachcomber, sign is now part of the Lace’s growing collection of kitschy Americana.

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Jan 30, 2021

SEE IT: Giant chunk of California Highway 1 falls into ocean

A landslide carried part of California’s picturesque Highway 1 into the ocean Thursday.

The collapse occurred about 15 miles south of Big Sur, which itself sits 90 miles south of San Jose, during heavy rains in the central coast region.

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Jan 30, 2021

Iconic Swordfish sign disappears from Sunset Beach

If you drive down Pacific Coast Highway, you’ll notice the famous neon swordfish is missing from the roof of the old Sam’s Seafood/Don the Beachcomber/Himalayan Grill restaurant site in Sunset Beach. For more than 60 years, from its perch 50 feet above the ground, it has been a symbol of Sunset Beach. On Saturday (Jan. 16th), somebody took it down. According to recent postings on Facebook, Local Historian Chris Epting said the City of Huntington Beach requested the sign be taken down but you had to hire your own sign removal service and haul it off.

The iconic sign has resurfaced in Cypress at Lace Music Products, owned by Don and Jeff Lace. The Laces say they are restoring the sign and “have plans to bring it back to life in a big way!”

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Jan 17, 2021

Gray Whale Calf just days old

Check out this NEW baby Gray Whales video we had just days ago off the Dana Point coast. This was such a treat and hope to have more and more visits like these .

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Jan 17, 2021

These 5 States Are Perfect For A Winter Road Trip

Road trips aren’t just for the summer. For starters, it’s always fun to get away in the winter. Another benefit is that national and state parks as well as other famous attractions are usually less crowded in the winter. And, as an added bonus, a winter road trip often offers a chance to watch animals as they migrate.

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Jan 15, 2021

Travel with your ‘pod’ on a private hiking or biking tour

...a four-day ride along Mulholland Highway through the Santa Monica Mountains and along Pacific Coast Highway...

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Jan 15, 2021

Will sand save San Diego North County's bluffs?

Army Corps of Engineers big dumps in Encinitas and Solana Beach seem like a finger in the dyke

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Jan 12, 2021

A Road Trip with David Hockney and Richard Wagner

On a crisp afternoon in December, a friend and I sat in an idling car at the corner of Las Flores Canyon Road and the Pacific Coast Highway, in Malibu, preparing to witness a performance of “Wagner Drive,” a large-scale audiovisual work by the artist David Hockney. We were the sole audience for the piece, and also its executants. My friend drove; I operated the stereo.

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Jan 09, 2021

Whale Watching in Dana Point aboard the Dana Pride

it's always a great day to go Whale Watching in Dana Point , Dana Point has been trademarked as the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World (R) this video taken by Diamond Block Studio shows a sunny perfect day aboard the Dana Pride our 95 ft flag ship. in this video you will see an 80foot Fin Whale and a mega pod of stampeding dolphin next to the Dana Pride.

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Jan 05, 2021

The 5 Most Expensive Homes For Sale In The U.S. Right Now

The median house price in the U.S. is $263,000. Home sales are booming during the coronavirus with many people taking advantage of their work from home situations and the real estate industry's low-interest rates for mortgages to leave expensive cities behind for more spacious, cheaper places. This general migration has pushed up the price of homes across the country. However, the five houses on this list cost far, far, far more. In fact, the cheapest comes in at the just reduced price of $115 million.

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Dec 28, 2020

What Road Do You Dream About Driving?

I’d also really love to drive the entirety of the Pacific Coast Highway. My family did when I was A Youth, but at that point in my life, I did not appreciate hours of a complex drive, especially when I was the one who had to keep an eye on my carsick stepsister. I’d love to go back, take it slow, and really just appreciate it.

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Dec 16, 2020

Crescent City

Crescent City is on the Pacific Coast Highway in northern California and noted for its crescent-shaped beach, Ocean World sea park, and nearby redwoods and state parks.

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Recent Articles

  1. Oceanside

    Mar 04, 21 03:00 PM

    Oceanside is a typical southern California beach town with a surf culture and with the Pacific Coast Highway running right through it.

    Read More

  2. California's Pacific Coast Highway is falling into the ocean. Is this the end of the road for one of America's most scenic drives?

    Mar 03, 21 10:50 AM

    Soaring mountains on one side of the road and the Pacific Ocean on the other: It was 1956 and Gary Griggs was experiencing California State Route 1 for the first time. He was a child, but in the follo…

    Read More

  3. Climate change threatens fragile Pacific Coast Highway

    Mar 03, 21 10:50 AM

    Construction crews work on a section of California Highway 1, known as the Pacific Coast Highway, which collapsed into the Pacific Ocean near Big Sur, Calif. on Jan. 31, 2021. Heavy rains caused debri…

    Read More