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Beach Breaks More Popular Than Visits With Family Says ‘Flip Flop Report’

The swimsuit of the brave // (c) 2013 Expedia
The swimsuit of the brave // (c) 2013 Expedia

The Expedia 2013 “Flip Flop Report” examined beachgoer behavior worldwide and asked consumers for their opinions on a wide range of beach-related questions, including their comfort with nudity, fear of sharks and tolerance of bathing suits such as the “Speedo.”

Nearly half of all respondents worldwide (46%) took a beach vacation in the past twelve months, and two thirds (64%) indicate that they are either “very or somewhat likely” to take a beach vacation in the next year. Among those who have taken a beach vacation or are likely to take a beach vacation in the next 12 months, the beach, unsurprisingly, remains the top vacation type, outranking historical/cultural sightseeing, visits with friends/family, theme parks, skiing, adventure sports, spectator events and casino/gambling trips.

“We study the beach behavior across continents because it makes us smarter – if we know up front that American beachgoers love last-minute package deals to Mexico, we can deliver the best pricing, programs and offers at the top hotels to match,” said John Morrey, vice president and general manager, Expedia.com. “It’s also frankly a lot of fun to dig into this data and we promise not to make any judgments.”

When it comes to the wearing of the Speedo, though, the swimwear style is globally approved – sorry America. Overall, 65% of beachgoers worldwide reported finding bathing suits such as the Speedo to be “acceptable.”

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Last-Minute Road Trip: Our Central Coast Itinerary

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After five days on the road driving around California’s Central Coast in a rented RV, we headed home. As we left the Pacific Coast Highway, trading ocean views for rush hour traffic, we realized that our return was bittersweet. I would miss the refreshing breezes California coastal cities such as San Simeon, Cambria and San Luis Obispo, but I really wanted to take a hot shower and enjoy some air conditioning.

Our final itinerary ended up being ideal. We began in Los Angeles and left with the kids in the evening, putting them to bed in the motor home. We arrived in Avila Beach and found a free, safe place to park overnight. Avila Beach offers free parking along the shore from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Since it was the Fourth of July, we headed out early in the morning to get parking. When we arrived at the beach, there were only two other RVs parked along the water; by 8 a.m., it was getting difficult to find parking; and by 10 a.m., the coastline was packed with holiday revelers. The Central Coast is often foggy in the morning, but the clouds lifted by 11 a.m., and we enjoyed a sunny Fourth on the beach, wrapping everything up with a campfire on the beach.

On day two, we headed North to Cambria and San Simeon. Since we were traveling last-minute, we weren’t able to get a reservation at the San Simeon Creek Campground. As many of the state parks do, however, they offer first-come, first-served spots. We arrived at 9:30 a.m. and were 13th on the waiting list but the park ranger said that our chances were good — they have almost 300 campsites. Sure enough we got in at 11:30 a.m. and had a gorgeous campsite at the top of the campground with views of the Pacific from a bluff and shaded by trees. It was only a short walk to the beach, and the three-mile San Simeon Creek Trail loops around the campground and is easily accessible. We stayed for two nights, exploring tidepools, beach combing on Moonstone Beach and exploring the town of Cambria. We could have easily stayed one more day and gone to Hearst Castle, visited the elephant seals or shopped in Cambria.

We headed out from San Simeon around noon to camp close to home in Malibu on our last night. The drive was beautiful, however, the campground, Malibu Creek State Park, was set back from the ocean and wasn’t quite as spacious as our site in San Simeon. Still, it was clean and was only a short walk to the ocean. From Malibu, we drove home in order to return our RV by 11 a.m. that morning. When we stopped for coffee at Starbucks, we knew we had returned to reality.

Resources
Cruise America
www.cruiseamerica.com

Malibu Creek State Park
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=614

San Simeon Creek State Park
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=25179

Last-Minute Road Trip: Cambria

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This was our view this morning. We headed up to Cambria, Calif. Tonight, we are camping in San Simeon where we were lucky enough to get a spot. Sometimes, last minute pays off.

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Last-Minute Road Trip: Avila Beach

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This was my view this morning. We woke up in Avila Beach, Calif., and scored all-day parking on the beach from 6 am until 2 am for free. Fourth of July fireworks are visible from Pismo Beach and we are sandwiched between the marina and the town, which are both within walking distance. It couldn’t be better right now.


Next, cue the sun…

Last-Minute Road Trip

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This will be our new home for the next five days. We have decided to rent a motor home and camp along the central coast of California for the next five days.

Two families, two kids, one baby and four adults, will one RV be enough? Will we find anywhere to stay?

Stay tuned for updates on our last-minute family road trip…