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Coolest swimming spots

Photo by Donny Varnec on travelstoke If you’re like me, those YMCA swim lessons made you crazy about the water from a young age. Because hopping into el agua can be a great way…

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Differences between LA and OC

Photo: Parker Knight and Luca Sartoni 1. LA beaches are for tourists and competitive volleyball players; Orange County beaches are for pro surfers, sunbathing locals, cliff divers, and water enthusiasts. Orange County beaches are…

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9 ways Costa Rica will surprise you

1. You’ll find yourself on a tropical beach…and have it all to yourself. Photo: Jakob Christensen Costa Rica’s 800 miles of coastline on two oceans make for seemingly countless beautiful beaches. Yes, you can…

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Camping 101: All the gear you need

“ESSENTIAL” MEANS MANY THINGS to many people. What’s essential to camping for me could well be frivolous to you. Acknowledging the basic absurdity of the “must-pack” list, I’m going to launch headlong into my…

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11 great experiences in Ventura, CA

HOME TO CLASSIC SURF BREAKS, carefree vibes, and 250 days of sunshine a year, Ventura is the quintessential California beach town. Think sweeping coastline and swaying palms, flip flops, wetsuits, old Volvos hauling surfboards,…