...A few miles inland however, the sun shines brightly [a few BLOCKS inland the sun IS shinning]. [<- notice the period; it means the sentence/thought has ended, a new thought begins: Palm Springs is a good alternative for cloudy beach days. [P.S. IS a good choice on a cloudy June day]
As a native Californian I would have to disagree: San Diego? Maybe Black's beach or Oceanside; perhaps La Jolla. Orange county? Maybe San Onofre or Laguna. Monterey Bay? Red-White-Blue beach or Davenport. Hey, you forgot Humbolt!
Look, you can go anywhere you want. Here are my thoughts as to how to make a choice:
1. Nice beach
2. Easily accessable
3. Allow to wear what you want
4. Other people to see/be seen by
5. Alternatives/activities beyond the beach
Pray, what makes SD first choice, then OC, then Monterey Bay and LA last (last?!)?
SD is OK but not "international" enough, you know, "concerned" people can assume that you're European.
OC is just too republican, conservative, blue collar, and too many teens.
Monterey is too isolated, water too cold, more overcast days than SoCal (I know, I went to school at UCSC). Goovy hippie people that won't care what you wear but they wear what they've been wearing since the Summer of Love.
LA...hum, LA. Let's see: international destination, broad beaches (well attended), movie stars (OK, starlets/really good looking waiters/waitresses), what else...let's see...hum, Oh I got it: it's "LA" as in "Los Angeles". Just run over the following (see how these roll off the tongue):
Malibu ('ever heard of it?)
Marina del Rey (world's largest man made marina)
The Eastside (a cultural experience, don't miss a drive through East LA, then head north to
Pasadena/The Rosebowl and Rosebowl Parade
Burbank (as in movie studios, Universal City/Univesal Studios)
Hollywood/West Hollywood/The Hollywood Hills/The Hollywood Sign/ The Hollywood Bowl/Hollywood Blvd, Sunset Blvd
The Griffith Observatory/Griffith Park (largest city park, in acreage. Larger than Central Park or Golden Gate Park)
USC (national champions: football)
Mann's Chinese Theather
The Disney Center
LACMA (King Tut's treasures will soon be open for viewing)
La Brea Tar Pits
Long Beach/The Queen Mary
And for the Hardcore we even have South Central And Compton! (Actually relatively safe neighborhoods, hard working class people just trying to mind their own business, but don't hang around past 10:00 PM!)
Phew, I could go on and on (just in case you have other interests while visiting the City of Angels other than kickin' it at the beach. Speaking of Angels, we have a new Cathedral you know?)
Would I put LA first? No (I don't like the fact that there isn't an offical public nude beach anywhere in the County) and traffic/parking can be difficult on any summer weekend (but this is true of ALL California beaches in summer, especially on the weekends).
No, maybe not first, but most certainly not last!