JJ’s guidebook to Southern Cali!

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JJ’s guidebook to Southern Cali!

City/town information

Explore the legendary beach town that the hit TV series "Laguna Beach" on MTV made famous with amazing restaurants, views and tons of things to do and see. There are beautiful hiking trails, shops, art galleries, events (Pageant of the Masters/Festival of the Arts, etc), unique homes and incredible beaches.
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Laguna Beach
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Explore the legendary beach town that the hit TV series "Laguna Beach" on MTV made famous with amazing restaurants, views and tons of things to do and see. There are beautiful hiking trails, shops, art galleries, events (Pageant of the Masters/Festival of the Arts, etc), unique homes and incredible beaches.
Like Laguna Beach, this is a town with a peninsula that has all the restaurants, activities and views you could want. Beautiful homes line the twisty canals and the Newport Harbor is worth exploring. There is the boardwalk with attractions for kids and restaurants and bars for the adults. You can rent an electric duffy boat that seats up to 16 for all the family to explore all the beautiful boats and homes that some celebrities call their own in the large harbor. You can even bring food and drinks on board the boat but need a sober driver of course.
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Newport Beach
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Like Laguna Beach, this is a town with a peninsula that has all the restaurants, activities and views you could want. Beautiful homes line the twisty canals and the Newport Harbor is worth exploring. There is the boardwalk with attractions for kids and restaurants and bars for the adults. You can rent an electric duffy boat that seats up to 16 for all the family to explore all the beautiful boats and homes that some celebrities call their own in the large harbor. You can even bring food and drinks on board the boat but need a sober driver of course.
Plenty of restaurants, bars and events (US Open Surfing competition, Air shows, etc). Explore main street and enjoy a bonfire at night on the beach over smores with dedicated fire pits right on the sand. Also enjoy the open-air mall Pacific City with plenty of shopping, bars and restaurants. I recommend checking out The Bungalow or Tanners Restaurant for an impressive night out.
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Χάντινγκτον Μπιτς
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Plenty of restaurants, bars and events (US Open Surfing competition, Air shows, etc). Explore main street and enjoy a bonfire at night on the beach over smores with dedicated fire pits right on the sand. Also enjoy the open-air mall Pacific City with plenty of shopping, bars and restaurants. I recommend checking out The Bungalow or Tanners Restaurant for an impressive night out.
Visit the famous Rodeo Drive and explore all that the rich and famous get to, you may even see a celebrity but you will certainly see fancy cars here you may never see anywhere else.
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Beverly Hills
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Visit the famous Rodeo Drive and explore all that the rich and famous get to, you may even see a celebrity but you will certainly see fancy cars here you may never see anywhere else.
San Diego is the dreamland, there is not a soul in Southern California who hates this place. So much to see and do coupled with a relaxed culture that even your glass-half-empty guest could enjoy.
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San Diego
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San Diego is the dreamland, there is not a soul in Southern California who hates this place. So much to see and do coupled with a relaxed culture that even your glass-half-empty guest could enjoy.
I will not even mention the activities and restaurants that are available here. I will however recommend you google "Hollywood Tours" and take the family for a tour of everything LA has to offer including it's incredible history of film-making.
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Λος Άντζελες
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I will not even mention the activities and restaurants that are available here. I will however recommend you google "Hollywood Tours" and take the family for a tour of everything LA has to offer including it's incredible history of film-making.
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Malibu
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Food scene

This is a great place for a lively date or even bowling at the fancy lounge downstairs with a full bar. There is also a club here for those interested called TIME nightclub. There is a 24 hour fitness as well. There are several restaurants to choose from and many of them have large outdoor dining areas with firepits. There is also a movie theater here.
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Triangle Square
1870 Harbor Boulevard
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This is a great place for a lively date or even bowling at the fancy lounge downstairs with a full bar. There is also a club here for those interested called TIME nightclub. There is a 24 hour fitness as well. There are several restaurants to choose from and many of them have large outdoor dining areas with firepits. There is also a movie theater here.
Great shopping, restaurants and bars right on the beach.
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Pacific City
21010 Pacific Coast Hwy
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Great shopping, restaurants and bars right on the beach.
Explore the area that is adjacent to Disneyland (no Disneyland pass needed to enter) for great shopping, entertainment and restaurants with that Disney feel we all love.
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Downtown Disney District
1580 Disneyland Drive
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Explore the area that is adjacent to Disneyland (no Disneyland pass needed to enter) for great shopping, entertainment and restaurants with that Disney feel we all love.
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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
7662 Beach Boulevard
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Anaheim Packing District
440 S Anaheim Blvd
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Fancy Hampton's-esque hotel with a large rooftop bar + appetizers that overlooks a grand pool with cabanas with views of all of Newport's Balboa Peninsula. There is the Mayors table restaurant below that for fantastic breakfast from a well-known chef.
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Lido House, Autograph Collection
3300 Newport Blvd
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Fancy Hampton's-esque hotel with a large rooftop bar + appetizers that overlooks a grand pool with cabanas with views of all of Newport's Balboa Peninsula. There is the Mayors table restaurant below that for fantastic breakfast from a well-known chef.

Entertainment and Activities

Fun indoor electric gokart racing - fun for adults and kids alike. This is quite competitive with all kinds of high-tech information tracking that takes place including laptimes for each driver on each lap so you can compare after each race with your opponents. With a big enough group (8+) you can setup a 3-race league where the winner takes home a trophy and gets to stand on the podium for pictures. There is VR and cool arcade gaming here for the kids as well as an eatery.
K1 Speed - Indoor Go Karts, Corporate Event Venue, Team Building Activities
17221 Von Karman Avenue
Fun indoor electric gokart racing - fun for adults and kids alike. This is quite competitive with all kinds of high-tech information tracking that takes place including laptimes for each driver on each lap so you can compare after each race with your opponents. With a big enough group (8+) you can setup a 3-race league where the winner takes home a trophy and gets to stand on the podium for pictures. There is VR and cool arcade gaming here for the kids as well as an eatery.
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Duffy Electric Boat Company Sales and Rentals Newport Beach
2001 West Coast Highway
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Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 North Main Street
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The famous "wedge" where many famous surfers have cut their teeth. It is a dangerous place to surf but fun to watch the professionals at sunset. It's in a beautiful area of the Peninsula to boot.
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The Wedge
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The famous "wedge" where many famous surfers have cut their teeth. It is a dangerous place to surf but fun to watch the professionals at sunset. It's in a beautiful area of the Peninsula to boot.
A hidden beach that only the locals know about. The steps are steep to get down to the beach but it's a spectacular hidden gem to explore and impress your friends with. Don't forget to spot the elevators to the houses above and the "guest bungalows" on the sand. Enjoy a swim while you're down there.
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1000 Steps Beach
31972 Coast Highway
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A hidden beach that only the locals know about. The steps are steep to get down to the beach but it's a spectacular hidden gem to explore and impress your friends with. Don't forget to spot the elevators to the houses above and the "guest bungalows" on the sand. Enjoy a swim while you're down there.
There is so much to do in L.A. you can spend an entire weekend and only scratch the surface. Here you can see all the hand prints of famous celebrities that have influenced us over the years and earned their plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Walk Of Fame
6901 Hollywood Blvd
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There is so much to do in L.A. you can spend an entire weekend and only scratch the surface. Here you can see all the hand prints of famous celebrities that have influenced us over the years and earned their plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
See and experience all the history that LA and Hollywood have had to offer, you will see famous landmarks and a plethora of filming locations from your favorite movies. You may even spot a celebrity.
Access Hollywood Tours
6541 Hollywood Blvd
See and experience all the history that LA and Hollywood have had to offer, you will see famous landmarks and a plethora of filming locations from your favorite movies. You may even spot a celebrity.
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Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
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Awesome island just 30 miles off the coast of Newport Beach. You take a Catalina ferry that takes roughly an hour to get to the island and you can explore all day. Rent a golf cart and see everything the island has to offer. Go in a semi-submersible submarine and explore the incredible sealife that live off the shores of this island. It is a very unique and beautiful place to visit that everyone will enjoy. There is world-class scuba diving and spearfishing as well as snorkeling and zip-lining. Restaurants and bars as well.
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Νησί Σάντα Καταλίνα
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Awesome island just 30 miles off the coast of Newport Beach. You take a Catalina ferry that takes roughly an hour to get to the island and you can explore all day. Rent a golf cart and see everything the island has to offer. Go in a semi-submersible submarine and explore the incredible sealife that live off the shores of this island. It is a very unique and beautiful place to visit that everyone will enjoy. There is world-class scuba diving and spearfishing as well as snorkeling and zip-lining. Restaurants and bars as well.
During the winter enjoy an incredible skiing experience up at Big Bear mountain and ski resort. During the summer there is hiking, offroading, and mountain bike trails.
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Big Bear Mountain Resort
880 Summit Boulevard
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During the winter enjoy an incredible skiing experience up at Big Bear mountain and ski resort. During the summer there is hiking, offroading, and mountain bike trails.
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San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
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Fun Casino with restaurants, bars and clubs in Wine Country (Temecula)
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Pechanga Resort Casino
45000 Pechanga Pkwy
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Fun Casino with restaurants, bars and clubs in Wine Country (Temecula)
Large adult and kid-friendly arcade and bar/restaurant/lounge inside of the Irvine Spectrum outdoor Mall
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Dave & Buster's
661 Spectrum Center Drive
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Large adult and kid-friendly arcade and bar/restaurant/lounge inside of the Irvine Spectrum outdoor Mall
For the adrenaline junkies this is the place to go. Some of the most insane roller coasters in the country.
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Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy
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For the adrenaline junkies this is the place to go. Some of the most insane roller coasters in the country.

Shopping

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The LAB Anti-Mall
2930 Bristol Street
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Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Drive
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The largest mall on the west coast. A lot to do and see here, and can appeal to the high-end brand shopper (Gucci, Prada, etc) as much as it can to the frugal one (H&M, Forever 21, etc). Plenty of great restaurants nearby, check out Maggiano's for some great Italian food at a fair price.
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South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
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The largest mall on the west coast. A lot to do and see here, and can appeal to the high-end brand shopper (Gucci, Prada, etc) as much as it can to the frugal one (H&M, Forever 21, etc). Plenty of great restaurants nearby, check out Maggiano's for some great Italian food at a fair price.

Neighborhoods

A fun and lively area on the tip of Newport Beach with a plethora of sightseeing, restaurants and bars to entertain anyone.
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Balboa Peninsula
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A fun and lively area on the tip of Newport Beach with a plethora of sightseeing, restaurants and bars to entertain anyone.

Sightseeing

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Original Muscle Beach
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USS Midway Museum
910 North Harbor Drive
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Great hiking trail with breathtaking views of Laguna Beach and the ocean.
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Top of the World
West Ridge
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Great hiking trail with breathtaking views of Laguna Beach and the ocean.
For the morbidly curious who want to know about hip-hop and it's origin story here in LA? This highly rated tour will satiate your need to know about the less-glamorous side of LA with various inside stories and what it's various hoods are/were like.
L.A. Hood Life Tours
6326 Hollywood Blvd
For the morbidly curious who want to know about hip-hop and it's origin story here in LA? This highly rated tour will satiate your need to know about the less-glamorous side of LA with various inside stories and what it's various hoods are/were like.

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An ultimate list of things to do + how to operate the home!

https://www.evernote.com/l/AF2YX-FRPE5BtLVJfm1nE4QcDuZ7brFQIag/ Copy and paste the above link into a web browser for a list of all activities, restaurants, fast food, bars and fun things to do nearby. It also includes instructions for how to operate the technology in the your Airbnb (like lights, the projector/TV, etc)!
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Duffy Boat Rental

Explore the Newport Beach harbor in style and from the water - captain your own boat that seats from 12-16 people with a table in the center of everyone to share meals and drinks as you take in the views and beautiful boats and homes that line the large harbor.