Southern California Family Vacations -- C'mon Down!
Southern California is the perfect place for a family vacation! Pick an amusement park or two, throw in a beach here and there, add a dash of Hollywood "bling," perhaps, and ~voila!~ you have a California vacation everyone will enjoy – from toddlers to grandparents and everyone in between. Whether you head to laid-back San Diego, super-stylin' Orange County or the-one-and-only Los Angeles, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more variety-filled, crowd-pleasing locale for your next family vacation.
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It's pretty hard to have a bad time in southern California, actually, because the weather is gorgeous about 90% of the time. During the summer months (roughly June to October), the air temperature is about 80 degrees during the day and about 70 degrees at night. If you visit during what they call "winter" in southern California, you'll typically find 70-degree days followed by 55-degree nights. (The temperature does go above 100 degrees or below freezing on occasion, however, so check below for a more precise forecast before you pack.) As to the Pacific Ocean water temperature, it's about 70 degrees during summer and hovers around 55-60 degrees in the winter months.
Southern California family
vacations don't have to cost an arm and a leg, either. You can give you wallet a break and hike,
swim or try your hand at building sandcastles.
Maybe rent some bikes or in-line skates; stop at a local market and pick
up a picnic lunch. Just about every
town has at least one public park and usually more than one. Many feature adventure playgrounds for the
little ones along with barbecues and picnic tables, and some even offer sports
facilities, including equestrian centers and golf courses. Teens or "tweens"
can be a bit harder on the budget, of course, but it doesn't cost much to rent
a boogie-board for the beach or just spend the day people-watching in Beverly Hills or Hollywood. You can save your money for one or two southern California
vacation "splurges" and spend the rest of your time with your family exploring the
parks, beaches or outdoor markets and just generally enjoying the scenery and the
weather. You can check out this resource to help plan fun adventures and activities for your southern California family vacation.
Another excellent way a family can save on their California vacation is
to consider a vacation rental in lieu of the more typical hotel, motel or
resort lodging alternatives. Not only
will you appreciate the added space and privacy a vacation home rental can
offer, you'll quite likely save substantial money by not having to eat each
and every meal at a restaurant. The Internet
makes it easy to find a vacation rental in a location and price range
that works for you, and most vacation rental sites offer photos (and some even
offer videos) in addition to a thorough description of the properties. If you've never tried this alternative, you
really should. (Sometimes just having a
second bathroom can add an incredible amount of pleasure and comfort to your family vacation!) Here's a link to learn more about some California vacation rental considerations. The link at the bottom of that article will help you access the lovely vacation rental properties listed in the guide, but a Google search, of course, will turn up many, many more alternatives for you.