Southern California, how I admire your weather, beaches, and true west coast attitude. Although I have not yet explored enough of this lively and upbeat region of California, one day I will see all the beach towns and surfing meccas it has to offer in between the traffic of the 405 and the spectacular Pacific Coast Highway. As highway one turns into PCH between Ventura, Malibu and Santa Monica, you experience the warmer side of the coast line. Stopping at Venice Beach in the middle of the afternoon is the perfect opportunity to feel just about as "Californian" as you can get. Travel further south in Orange County, enjoy a slice of pizza and watch surfers ride the waves in Newport Beach as you soak in the Southern California warm weather. Drive south past stunning Laguna Beach, where the ocean is crystal clear and the hills provide a gorgeous backdrop for a perfect beach day, you arrive in San Clemente and you are transported to a tropical oasis making you wonder if you are still in California.