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Old 06-03-2015, 12:28 PM
 
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Hi there. Thinking of renting a home/condo near the beach in CA for a vacation this July. It will be me and my 14 year old son and my parents might join us for a week. I don't like hotels and would rent a home. I'm looking in OC or LA, I have a cousin in Pasadena and want to be driving distance to see him so San Diego is too far. Ventura is out because the cities by the beach their seem kind of sketchy.


Open to anything from Santa Monica down to San Clemente. Have been to LA many times but my only forays into the OC have been Anaheim for Disney once and Huntington Beach, this was in 2005.


Will likely go to Disney and Universal and maybe take a day trip to Sea World but these will be no more than 4 days of a 28 day trip.

Somewhere safe and fun! Also I don't want to be in a spot where everything is 21+ because that's no fun since the purpose of this trip would be for us to have fun together!! We had this issue in South Beach and wound up leaving early and relocating our vacation to Boca.

We are coming from Atlanta
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Dana Point, CA
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I think it kind of depends on what kind of atmosphere you'd like to be in.

Laguna Beach in July will be very crowded, but they have amazing beaches and a cool downtown area. Getting in and out of Laguna will be a pain. Dana Point and San Clemente won't be nearly as crowded or congested, more of that classic California beach town feel.

Newport Beach sounds like it might be a good fit. Dana Point and Newport both have harbors, so there's a lot of boating/watercraft activities you could do there.

A lot depends on your budget, and how close to the water you want to be.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:55 PM
 
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We don't want too crowded and we definitely don't want a tourist beach. Somewhere mostly local, Beach Boys type of feel if that exists...my son wants to learn how to surf!

Budget max would be $2,000 per week. Ideally on the beach of course but as long as we are walking distance (less than a mile in perfect CA weather on sidewalked roads) is ok.
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Old 06-03-2015, 01:06 PM
 
Location: California → Tennessee → Ohio
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Huntington Beach is the best.
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Old 06-03-2015, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Laguna Niguel, Orange County CA
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Anywhere that is coastal OC works but I recommend San Clemente or Dana Point for the classic California beach experience. Also, San Clemente will likely be a bit more affordable.
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Old 06-03-2015, 01:57 PM
 
Location: O.C.
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With a 14 year old and parents? Stay away from Huntington and Newport, thats party central (especially 4th of July) and mostly 21+ Id say Laguna or Dana Point.
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:36 PM
 
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With a 14 year old and parents? Stay away from Huntington and Newport, thats party central (especially 4th of July) and mostly 21+ Id say Laguna or Dana Point.
Yeah my parents will likely only be with us for a week tops my daddy likes to be close to home and church and the VA hospital. As for my son, I'm not worried about what he will see. He's a teenage boy with Internet access so he's likely seen everything anyways but i would prefer if the majority of activities and venues didn't restrict him that would be no fun for us!
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Irvine, California
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Beach Boys type of feel if that exists
Hey, Huntington Beach is the "Surf City" referred to in their song, so there you go Sunset Beach in Huntington has free parking and is really easy to get to and is never really that crowded. Also it's not around a lot of bars and stuff so it would be a good choice for a family outing or that kind of thing.
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:00 PM
 
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Thanks. What's the going rate for a weekly rental for the area if anyone knows? Don't want to get ripped off.

I know this is the Orange County forum but honestly do any of y'all think any of the beach towns up in LA like Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach or Redondo Beach would be better than Huntington Beach, San Clemente, Newport, Laguna or Dana Point?
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:33 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Hi there. Thinking of renting a home/condo near the beach in CA for a vacation this July. It will be me and my 14 year old son and my parents might join us for a week. I don't like hotels and would rent a home. I'm looking in OC or LA, I have a cousin in Pasadena and want to be driving distance to see him so San Diego is too far. Ventura is out because the cities by the beach their seem kind of sketchy.


Open to anything from Santa Monica down to San Clemente. Have been to LA many times but my only forays into the OC have been Anaheim for Disney once and Huntington Beach, this was in 2005.


Will likely go to Disney and Universal and maybe take a day trip to Sea World but these will be no more than 4 days of a 28 day trip.

Somewhere safe and fun! Also I don't want to be in a spot where everything is 21+ because that's no fun since the purpose of this trip would be for us to have fun together!! We had this issue in South Beach and wound up leaving early and relocating our vacation to Boca.

We are coming from Atlanta
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We don't want too crowded and we definitely don't want a tourist beach. Somewhere mostly local, Beach Boys type of feel if that exists...my son wants to learn how to surf!

Budget max would be $2,000 per week. Ideally on the beach of course but as long as we are walking distance (less than a mile in perfect CA weather on sidewalked roads) is ok.
Those two things don't go together. July is peak season for tourists, all of which want to go to the beach.
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