Santa Barbara

I’ve visited a number of beaches along the California coastline. Upon arriving in Santa Barbara, I found the beauty of this particular beach to be especially stunning. With a row of palm trees behind me and the pier extending into the ocean in front of me, it was the perfect place to soak in the sun for an afternoon. State Street is packed with colorful flowers, palm trees, restaurants and shops with ornate exteriors. The long list of local secrets make this city a […]

Montara

If you’re driving down Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco, you’ll reach Montara State Beach after only 20 miles. Here you’ll find one of best views along the coast as you stand on top of a cliff overlooking the nearby beaches. There’s a trailhead in beach parking lot. After hiking a few miles, you’ll catch even better views of your surroundings! Check out my other adventures in California! >> Check out my other adventures in the United States! >>

Half Moon Bay

My friend, Frances, had the great idea to go to Pillar Point Harbor and pick up live crabs for lunch. We ordered two huge Dungeness crabs for roughly $20 and then took them over to Princeton Seafood Company where they cooked and cleaned them for only a few bucks. While we waited 25 minutes for our crabs to be prepared, we enjoyed delicious clam chowder in a bread bowl. If you go to Half Moon Bay between November and June, definitely treat […]

Angel Island

Angel Island offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay! This historical landmark previously housed military forts, a US Public Health Service Quarantine Station, and a US Bureau of Immigration inspection and detention facility. From San Francisco, catch the ferry at the Ferry Building or Pier 39 and spend a carefree day in Angel Island State Park picnicking, biking, hiking, visiting museums or taking the historic tram tour—like my cousin, Dylan, and I did. Check out my other adventures in the United […]

San Francisco – Chinatown

If you’re in the United States during Chinese New Year, San Francisco is the ideal place to celebrate. The Asian cultures—and cuisines—are rich, especially because San Francisco Chinatown boasts the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Agustina and I nearly froze our toes off watching the parade, but the excitement was worth it!

San Francisco

Mission neighborhood When in SF, I spend the most time in the Mission – shopping, dining and working on my laptop from coffee shops! If you want to shop, I recommend strolling Valencia St between 16th St and 21st St. Here are some food spots I enjoy: Craftsman + Wolves for amazing desserts Tartine Bakery for french sandwiches and desserts Bar Tartine is a classic SF dinner spot (make a reservation) Lolo is currently my favorite dinner spot because of its kitschy […]

Coronado

I loved my visit to Hotel del Coronado—a luxurious resort on Coronado Island, just across the San Diego Bay. It was the filming location for “Some Like It Hot” starring Marilyn Monroe. The beach feels magical because of how the gold sand sparkles in the sunlight—and I mean literally sparkling, thanks the the presence of the mineral mica. With its silky sand and strung lights, Hotel del Coronado is the most romantic nighttime spot in all of San Diego… Check […]

San Diego

Visit the Embarcadero in San Diego for lovely city views… Have you ever seen a topiary garden this well done?! Found this gem where Vine Street meets Union Street… Check out my other adventures in the United States! >>

Sausalito

Ride to Sausalito by bike—it’s a thrill to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge—and then catch a ferry back to San Francisco. A little ways from the harbor is the British-styled Wellingtons Wine Bar. It’s a lovely place to spend a relaxing afternoon! Check out my other adventures in California! >> Check out my other adventures in the United States! >>

Carmel

Kiersten and I loved the white sandy beach in Carmel! And our drive south to catch the sunset was totally worth the haul…