One of the best parts about growing up in a suburb in the middle of the desert in Arizona was leaving. Not in the dramatic "I'll be back" Arnold Schwarzenegger sense, but in the "School's Out for Summer" Alice Cooper sense. Each year, the beaches of California are plagued with a pilgrimage of zinc-oxide bearing 'Zonies' that settle in for three blissful months of paradise weather and sand in our swimsuits. Staying in Southern California puts you within a 45 minute radius of legendary surf spots so grab your board and get ready to rock n' roll!
Windansea is a small beach but probably the one you'd recognize the most without realising it, as its monuments inspired movies (Muscle Beach Party starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello) and big surfers from around the world from the 1960s (members of "the heaviest surf crew ever", no really, they called themselves that) through to today. Experienced surfers congregate here to take on the 6-8 ft waves over a rocky floor that were named after past patrons of the beach. The surf isn't for the faint of heart or for the inexperienced, so if you'd rather sit back and beef up your Instagram with shots of the Beach Shack or the surfers, you won't be alone.