Posted by itrip On May - 27 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

san diego restaurants

If what you choose to eat on vacation is as important to you as what you do, then San Diego restaurants will be far from disappointing. With a great mix of both hole-in-the-wall gems and urban or coastal fine dining restaurants, your food-loving desires will be appeased in this ideal Southern California destination. An experience you can’t miss while visiting this city is grabbing a bite to eat on the Pacific Coast at one of the best San Diego restaurants that are serving up fine delicacies with a side of salt air and crashing waves.

The Best Seaside San Diego Restaurants

  1. The Marine Room offers one of the most unique dining experiences not just in San Diego, but the world. This fine dining restaurant sits not only on the beach, but so close to the water that when high tide comes in the waves crash up against the 3-inch windows for a meal that is truly at sea. This has been a favorite among both locals and visitors since the 1940s.
  2. Brockton Villa is an old beach cottage turned fine dining restaurant. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day with an ever-changing seasonal menu that is absolutely exquisite, with a charming atmosphere to go along with it.
  3. Chandler’s is the place to enjoy locally-sourced fare in a casual California-style dining environment. Take in the view from one of the many weather-protected patios, or kick back at the indoor dining room at Chandler’s.
  4. Island Prime is serving up San Diego’s best surf and turf. Stilted above the San Diego Bay, there is no better place to get fresh fish and a great view of the city skyline. Whether you’re coming to soak up the rays in the sunny dining room or in the evening to enjoy the city lights, a trip to Island Prime is always a treat.
  5. CUSP can be found on the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla, where a laid back ambiance meets beautifully crafted dishes and drinks, and unmatched panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. Whether you’re looking for a fancy night out or a kick-back happy hour, CUSP is a great option.
  6. The Ocean Terrace at George’s at the Cove has outstanding ocean views. You can grab a table for a meal by one of San Diego’s most celebrated chefs, or pull up a seat at the bar for a fantastic cocktail or local beer.
  7. Jake’s Del Mar is perched above the sandy beach in nearby Del Mar, CA. With beachside outdoor seating, and both dining room and bar menus, this is a great place to grab a bite any time of day.

Being that this urban center is on the ocean, it’s not difficult to find San Diego restaurants either on the water or with breathtaking views. Many restaurantants incorporate the natural landscape into their overall atmosphere, making the meal all the more intriguing and enjoyable.

If you’re looking for places to stay on your trip to Southern California, check out these unbelievable vacation rentals in the area, and get digs that feel like home.




Posted by itrip On May - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

st. petersburg sightseeingKnown as the Sunshine City, the Gulf Coast’s St. Petersburg is full of first class outdoor adventures and cultural attractions that keep people returning each year. Whether you want to explore the Gulf Coast with its beaches and keys, or take in the numerous galleries and museums in the area, you will surely find something of interest while indulging in some St. Petersburg sightseeing. If you’re traveling with little ones or getting away on a romantic vacation, you will find the perfect things to keep you busy – but not too busy because one of the best parts about visiting this coastal town is the naturally relaxing way of life here.

Here are some of the top St. Petersburg sightseeing spots.

The Sunken Gardens

In the midst of downtown St. Petersburg, you will find this century-old garden, a living museum telling the story of many decades of the town’s cultural and natural history. Home to many exotic tropical plants grown only in this region, take a tour of the garden, or simply enjoy part of a day meandering through its many paths, past waterfalls, and beautiful demonstration gardens. The Sunken Gardens encompass the city’s serene, beachside environment.

The Dali Museum

This museum celebrates the life and works of famed artist Salvador Dali through special exhibits and events designed to inspire. Known for paving a new generation of imaginative expression, Dali’s highly technical paintings, sculptures, films and interactive art are on display at this intriguing museum. Through July 26th the exhibit, Dali & Da Vinci will be on display, contrasting the works of these two masterminds, especially reconstructions of their odd inventions. Don’t miss the chance to learn about these artists through the medium of their weird machines.

Egmont Key State Park

Just off the coast, and one of the most beautiful chances for St. Petersburg sightseeing, you’ll find Egmont Key. It is mostly a wildlife refuge whose history tells an amazing tale of both American independence and that of the Seminole tribe. Accessible only by boat, visitors can enjoy the many trails that will lead you past the historic sites, as well as swimming, fishing and, of course, spending time on the pristine beaches. Egmont Key is so special because it is truly remote. There isn’t even a store on the island, so if you’re planning a trip be sure to pack all the provisions you will need for your time there, including drinking water.

 

There are of course miles of beaches on St. Petersburg to be explored, along with many other activities and hit annual events to take part in. Whether you’re looking for a vacation full of adventure or one that is nothing but relaxing on the beach, you’ll find it all in this Gulf Coast dream town. For your ultimate comfort and convenience, be sure to look into the numerous vacation rentals in the area that will have you feeling right at home as soon as you arrive. Nothing says vacation like a spot right on the water at an affordable price, where you can truly unwind in the Sunshine City.

 




Posted by itrip On May - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

best pigeon forge restaurants

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the United States, with millions of people flocking to the area each year to explore this unique corner of Appalachia with its wondrous waterfalls and many towering peaks. Just 8 miles from the park is the small Tennessee town of Pigeon Forge, where many non-camping visitors choose to stay and soak up the Appalachian way of life and learn some of the area’s history.

There are many things to do in and around Pigeon Forge, besides exploring the beautiful park including Dollywood, the Titanic Museum, and the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame. Yet another thing that makes this such a perfect place to stay are the five best Pigeon Forge restaurants that are their own form of entertainment.

best pigeon forge restaurantsThe 5 Best Pigeon Forge Restaurants

  1. Mel’s Classic Diner offers the classic 1950s diner experience from its decor to its menu. Located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, come feel what it was like in the area over six decades ago. Order a cheeseburger and fries, a malted milkshake, and a delicious slice of apple pie for a throwback to the jukebox days. Your kids will love Mel’s!
  2. J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen offers a different kind of historical experience, taking you back nearly 100 years in Pigeon Forge history. Serving up classic American fare, their environment still encompasses that of when it originally opened as the local joint around 1930. Whether you’re looking for a cold beer after a day or hiking or a nice meal out with the family, you’ll love the food and southern hospitality at J.T.’s.
  3. Lumberjack Feud is a dinnertime show that both entertains and educates the audience about the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through the tale of two lumberjack families. The McGraws and the Dawsons, actually a group of ESPN Lumberjack athletes, compete against one another for the remaining timber before the park opens. The pre-show with the band The Mountain Jacks and the great southern food are just as exciting at the competition.
  4. The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show is another great option for a fun night out with the family. Aside from grandma’s fried chicken and slow-cooked barbecue, guests enjoy loads of singing, dancing, story-telling and big laughs. Shows run at 5 and 8pm every night so be sure to show up on an empty stomach!
  5. Bullfish Grill offers a sophisticated dinner option and is a great place if you want to have yourself a romantic night out. Serving up seafood delivered fresh daily and Grand Champion Angus Beef, there’s no better place in town for a surf and turf meal, as Bullfish was voted Pigeon Forge’s Best Restaurant!

You certainly won’t go hungry when in town, especially if you head out to one of the best Pigeon Forge restaurants. Whether you’re looking for an entertaining meal, or one to ease your most recent craving, the combination of talented chefs and the endless supply of southern charm will leave you completely satisfied in all of your dining experiences.

If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay in the area, check out these Pigeon Forge vacation rentals.




Posted by itrip On May - 19 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

snorkeling in key largo

Key Largo is only an hour’s drive from Miami, and yet an incredibly remote and pristine destination for people who love to spend time on or in the water. Home to the world’s first underwater state park, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, it has miles of preserved and healthy coral habitat to explore. Many people who visit will spend some time snorkeling in Key Largo, which has become a regular pastime for locals and visitors alike. If discovering life under the sea is a particular passion of yours, head to Key Largo for your next beach retreat, and enjoy the tropical hardwood forests with rivers snaking throughout them, and the miles of breathtaking coastline. It’s a place you can’t visit just once.

The Underwater Worlds of Key Largo

snorkeling in key largoWhile snorkeling in Key Largo you’ll no doubt find the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park somewhere along the way. Now in existence for 55 years, the reef has set a precedent around the world to ensure that we are preserving the precious coral reefs so important to the health of the oceans. There are 70 square miles of the park to explore, and you could literally spend days swimming above this magical scene that extends for three miles offshore. The famous sunken Christ of the Abyss statue is a favorite thing to witness by many people exploring the area.

Snorkeling in Key Largo

There are numerous options for this famous Key Largo pastime. Whether you’re looking for the standard, affordable trip out in the water or a private tour, you’ll love the time you spend in the water.

  1. Sundiver Snorkeling Tours are over two hours of an underwater tour of the shallow, inner coral reefs of the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary. This is a great option for anyone traveling with kids, as they are accustom to getting these adventurous rugrats out in the water for the first time. You will also get to take a ride out on the Sundiver III to the snorkeling location, which is always a blast. If you’re looking for a custom snorkel trip where you can determine your own itinerary and bring your own group along, Sundiver will be happy to take you out on their Happy Kat and give you the tour of your dreams.
  2. The John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park also offers personal or group tours through their exclusive snorkeling charter, which is run out of their Dive Shop. This personal and relaxed tour is good for up to six people and includes all your gear and refreshments. Just show up and sign up for your coral reef retreat!

 

Snorkeling in Key Largo is one the best things you can do while you’re there, and you will realize that so much of what makes this small Key so special are the things not immediately seen. As soon as you enter this underwater haven you will see life a little bit differently.

When planning your trip to key Largo, be sure to check out these stellar vacation rentals in the area for the most comfortable stay you can imagine.




Posted by itrip On May - 18 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

rehoboth beach boardwalk

While hanging out in Rehoboth Beach it’s hard to miss the boardwalk, which has been there since its original construction in 1873. Part of the town’s beginning development, the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk has always been a big part of both the town’s economy and recreation. As the construction and population began to grow, so did the railroad, finally reaching the town and bringing visitors to the area, which ensured the future of the long-beloved boardwalk and surrounding area.

While spending at day at the beach you’re likely to find yourself strolling along the boardwalk at some point in the day, looking for essential provisions or simply taking a shopping break from laying and playing in the sun. Here are a few of the greatest things about the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk and its surrounding neighborhood.

  1. Clear Space Theatre Company
    If you’re a fan of musicals and well-produced shows, then you should definitely get tickets for your day hanging out at the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. Their professional acting group puts on multiple shows each season ranging from originals to long-beloved productions.  Coming up on the docket at the Clear Space Theatre are Little Women the broadway musical, Grease, RENT, and Seussical the Musical to name a few.
  2. The Rehoboth Beach Bandstand
    Taking advantage of the warm weather every summer, the free Rehoboth Beach Summer Concert Series takes place at the bandstand. Fifty different bands are signed up to perform once a week at this beachside outdoor venue for a very special evening of music and starlight.
  3. Louie’s Pizza
    A staple of the diet on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, Louie’s was started by Louie himself, an Italian immigrant who worked his way up the restaurant ranks for years before opening his own shop, which is now run by his two sons and remains a popular spot for both lunch and dinner. If you’re looking for some comfort food from the motherland, this is definitely the place to get it.
  4. Funland
    The kids will love the boardwalk for many reasons, especially for the fact that there is an amusement park in its midst. With loads of games, rides and other fun activities, there is hardly a better way to spend part of a day than at Funland.
  5. Dolle’s Salt Water Taffy
    This little candy shop specializing in the area’s favorite, salt water taffy, has been on the boardwalk since 1910. Everything is still manufactured right on site and is just as delicious as ever whether you’re looking for taffy, fudge, sugar-free treats or holiday specials.

The Rehoboth Beach boardwalk is full of fun things to do, and we’ve only brushed the surface of the variety of things that will keep you busy here. It is part of what makes Deleware Shores such an ideal vacation destination, the other aspect being all the perfect vacation rentals available for your complete comfort when away from home. With 30 miles of spacious beaches and plenty of other recreational opportunities like tennis courts, playgrounds and swimming pools that ensure you will have something new to do or somewhere different to explore every day.




Posted by itrip On May - 15 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

hilton head golf courses

 

One of the main draws to this beautiful South Carolina island are all the famed Hilton Head golf courses. Known to attract PGA tournaments, and both beginning and avid golfers looking to make a swanky vacation of their love for the sport, you won’t be disappointed by the over 50 quality courses on the island. Book your tee times, reserve your beach vacation rental, and head to the island for some good old southern hospitality. Between your time on the beach, and the plethora of courses you’ll get to play with diverse landscapes and challenges, you’ll head home completely rejuvenated and ready to tackle everyday life again.

Here are 3 of the most highly acclaimed Hilton Head golf courses that are open to the public.

  1. Sea Pines Resort
    Home to three separate Hilton Head golf courses, Sea Pines offers some of the best golfing variety around, covering all the technical challenges you might be looking for from oceanside holes to marsh-laden fairways. Their iconic course, Harbour Town Golf Links is the must-play spot at Sea Pines and is home to the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage. Any golfer, whether a novice or a vet, will also enjoy both Heron Point by Pete Dye and the gorgeous Ocean Course. Their newly remodeled historic plantation home clubhouse is a treat to visit before or after your enjoyable 18 holes.
  2. Old South Golf Links
    Located just across the water and onto the mainland in Bluffton, South Carolina, Old South Golf Links is a favorite year after year of locals and visitors alike. Offering the quintessential southern landscape on the intercoastal waterway, surrounded by age-old oaks and a diversity of wildlife from deer to hawks, and even alligators who live in the many lagoons on the property. Only a short drive from the island, it’s worth the trip to play Old South. The waterside clubhouse is the perfect place to unwind after your game and breathe in that brackish water air.
  3. Palmetto Hall Plantation’s Arthur Hills Course
    This is a heavily wooded course on the island surrounded by towering pines and moss-draped oaks. Reflecting lakes run alongside the rolling fairways and verdant greens. The course is known for its stickler of an 18th hole, booting you off the course with a challenging par 4 built truly for the pros. Head to the clubhouse after your round to experience some true southern hospitality on the two-story porches. Have a refreshing drink or grab a meal and breathe in the beautiful landscape and rich history of Arthur Hills.

With so many Hilton Head golf courses to enjoy, this island is the epitome of a golfing destination. We have only scratched the surface here with these three clubs that are all open to the public, and there are so many more great links to discover! If you’re planning your trip to the island, look into these charming island getaway rentals to complete your stay with some southern style. You’ll love exploring one of South Carolina’s most famous barrier islands, and getting the full Lowcountry experience.




Posted by itrip On May - 13 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

magic kingdom in orlando

The Magic Kingdom in Orlando is a place where the otherworldly, the fantastical, and the unimaginable come to life in a most inspiring trifecta of fairytale wonders. Home to whole worlds of the imagination just waiting to be explored, be it through an exhilarating ride, a delicious meal, or a show you’ll never forget. Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street, U.S.A. are all waiting for guests from around the world to make their dreams a reality on the trip of a lifetime. Whether you’re hurling through space, walking the plank with pirates, and watching fireworks explode over Cinderella’s Castle, it’ll be an event to remember!

While there are countless sights to see, here are 5 things you don’t want to miss at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando.

  1. Fantasyland Expansion
    A longtime favorite of the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fantasyland was expanded last year to include more Disney characters and stories in two entirely new themed areas. Come explore the Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus. The Enchanted Forest is inspired by The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast and includes the new music attraction, Under the Sea, as well as the Be Our Guest restaurant serving unbelievable french food! The Storybook Circus in inspired by the all-American classic, Dumbo.
  2. Night of Joy
    This Christian music festival is taking place September 11th and 12th at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando and promises to be two days of praise and worship with the world’s most famous contemporary Christian artists. You’ll hear everything from rock and pop, to bluegrass and rap.
  3. Holidays at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando
    If you’re looking for a trip to take over the holidays with the whole family, the celebrations at the Kingdom are indeed as magical as the place itself. Between Mickey’s famous Christmas party, the beautiful candlelight processional, and a chance to see the Frozen musical live, you better believe it’s a time to remember. Consider staying through New Years for the epic fireworks shows and further chances for entertainment and adventure.
  4. Shows at the Magic Kingdom
    From Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial to Casey’s Corner Pianist, and the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, the shows at the Kingdom are always a great time. The Main Street Philharmonic at Storybook Circus is another winner for the music lovers out there.
  5. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
    The perfect place for dress-up, the Magic Kingdom’s Halloween bash is one for the books. between the huge trick-or-treat extravaganza, a night full of parades, hallo-wishes, a villain castle show, and Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration, your little ones will never forget this holiday!

While visiting the Magic Kingdom is fun regardless of what you choose to see and do while there, this list is full of top class fun and entertainment, and will surely inspire your planning. The Orlando area is likewise full of great things to do on vacation, as well as affordable vacation rentals that will give you the freedom to explore it. Get away during the long winter months and explore this children’s entertainment haven of the southeast!




Posted by itrip On May - 12 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

outdoor music festivals

Are you an enthusiast of the magical pairing of sunshine and musical entertainment? Have you fallen in love with all of the outdoor music festivals you’ve ever been to, be they by the sea, on the great planes, or right downtown in one of the country’s most creative cities? When the snow melts, the flowers bloom, and the area’s hiking, biking and beer drinking spots are all ready to explore, Sun Valley, Idaho also begins hosting its slew of outdoor music festivals, featuring all genres from country and bluegrass, to rock and jazz. Whether you’re looking for a weekend full of music and parties, or just to catch a night of a famous summer concert series surrounded by the most beautiful landscape you can imagine, Sun Valley is your spot this summer.

Here are some of the most popular outdoor music festivals and concert series coming up in 2015.

Northern Rockies Music Festival

Taking place in Hop Porter Park in Hailey, Idaho, tucked in against the Wood River, the Northern Rockies Music Festival is both a blast and incredibly affordable. People walk and ride their bikes with a picnic basket along with them, and enjoy a day in the sun and a dip in the river while listening to both world renowned artists, as well as up and coming talent. Artists at this year’s show include the Jimmy Robb Bans, Jeff Crosby and the Refugees, and the famed 14-year-old  folksinger, Sammy Brue.

Sun Valley Center Summer Concert Series

A tradition enjoyed by locals and visitors alike each summer, these open air shows are free and out in the fresh mountain air. This year’s Summer Concert Series performers are The John Butler Trio, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Wilco. If you’re visiting for some summer fun, you may just be able to catch one of these great shows!

MASSV Music Festival

Standing for the Music & Arts Showcase Sun Valley, this great festival will be taking place on July 25th and 26th in Ketchum, Idaho. At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, festival goers enjoy the beautiful views as well as the entertainment of both the performers as well as each other. Live art and large sculptures add a sensory experience to the musical aspect, and you’re sure to find many surprises along the way!

Sun Valley Summer Symphony

Hosting concerts and education events throughout the warmer months, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony is the country’s largest and longest standing free symphony. Distinguished musicians from around the country gather here in the summer months to take part in this famous symphony orchestra and in the open air auditorium all summer long, including the Orchestra Festival which is taking place August 4th through the 19th.

 

These outdoor music festivals are a great thing to do while visiting Sun Valley, Idaho. There are surely concerts for everyone to enjoy at some point this summer, as well as this beautiful area the explore. Check out the gorgeous vacation rentals in the area that will make your experience all the more comfortable.




Posted by itrip On May - 8 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

things to do in vail in the summer

No matter what time of year you are venturing to Vail, Colorado, or what the purpose of your trip is, you are sure to spend a good portion of your time there outdoors. Once the snow has melted, the wildflowers are piquing, and that summer sun is warming days right up, people from all over the world flock to this Rocky Mountain destination to take advantage of all the wonderful things to do in Vail in the summer. Whether you want to tear up the mountainside like you would in the winter, hit those glacial rivers, or rather take in one of the summer festivals, you won’t be disappointed by the options available to keep the whole gang entertained!

Here are some of the most popular things to do in Vail in the summer.

  1. Adventure Ridge - At the top of the Gondola you’ll find this little adrenaline haven just waiting for adventure seekers to take advantage of the opportunity to climb, zip, toss a disc or go tubing at 10,000 feet in the sky! This place is also home to the area’s most popular Friday evening happy hours at Talon’s Deck where you can eat barbecue, listen to live music, and play lawn games while the sun sets over the mountains.
  2. Mountain Biking in Vail - Something that draws visitors from around the globe is the Vail mountain biking scene. With epic trails for both beginners and experts, you’ll be hard pressed to find such beautiful rides anywhere else in the country.
  3. Hiking - A popular pastime for locals and visitors alike during the summer months, Vail offers many varieties of hiking trails ranging from something akin to an easy stroll in the park to arduous treks up the mountain. Pick up a map at the base of the Gondola or at many stores throughout town to be sure you find your way around the mountain safely.
  4. White Water Rafting - Vail is surrounded by rivers. With a Whitewater Park right in Vail Village, as well as the nearby Colorado, Eagle, and Arkansas rivers, there are plenty of opportunities to hit the rapids while you’re in town.
  5. Fly Fishing - Another perk of the proximity to all these rivers are the many perfect fly fishing spots around the Vail Valley. There are many trips and clinics for avid anglers to get a lay of the land and a true backcountry experience.
  6. Vail Jazz Festival - Many people also travel to Vail, Colorado to experience the rich cultural experiences that summer here brings. The Vail Jazz Festival is one of those events. It takes place throughout the summer for 12 weeks of world class talent performing at various events and venues around town. Guests get the chance to see over 150 artists in about 40 different performances.

There is a great variety of things to do in Vail in summer, making it the perfect time of year to snag that vacation rental and hit the mountain for some sunny exploring. The evenings bring a mix of cultural events, clear starry skies, and plenty of time to enjoy Colorado’s micro brews.




Posted by itrip On May - 4 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

santa monica 4th of julyCan you think of a better place to be for a National Holiday than the Los Angeles area with its beaches, fresh fruits and vegetables, and endless list of world famous attractions? We sure can’t! The Santa Monica 4th of July celebrations, and those taking place throughout LA County put this area on the top of the list for places to enjoy Independence Day. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out the famous Santa Monica Pier when it is decked out with patriots ready to laud their nation’s achievements over the last 239 years of its independence. Known for its party culture, the LA area is the perfect place to get down with America this year!

Here are some of the best Santa Monica 4th of July events to check out while in town.

  1. Santa Monica 4th of July Parade
    Drawing thousands of spectators each year to Main Street, Santa Monica, this parade has become famous throughout the area for its extravagant performers celebrating the United States of America’s rich history. Whether you’re traveling with little ones or not, this is a show worth catching and will take place in the morning on Saturday, July 4th.
  2. Jaws Outdoor Movie Event
    Eat|See|Hear is an outdoor movie series presented by SHOWTIME. Their 4th of July movie will be showing at Santa Monica High School, with a food truck park opening at 5:30 for the ultimate dinner and a movie event. Come grab some delicious grub, hear some live music, and settle in for a classic oceanside thriller. Tickets for the night out are $12 in advance, or $14 at the door.
  3. Santa Monica Farmers Market
    Serendipitously falling on one of the four days a week when you can find a farmers market in Santa Monica, swing by the Downtown market in the morning to pick up last minute provisions for your epic 4th of July grill feast!
  4. Fireworks!
    The Santa Monica Pier no longer hosts their own fireworks show, but there is one close by at Marina del Rey that can be seen from many points throughout Santa Monica. Whether you want to brave the crowds and get close, or find a neighbors rooftop or boat to watch from, this annual show over the water is always epic. Get all the parking and closure info here.
  5. Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach
    A typical Venice Beach event, this body building competition is another 4th of July tradition in the area and is held at this quintessential LA beach just south of Santa Monica. This is a great source of entertainment where you will witness a unique aspect to the area’s culture – big muscles!

If you’re planning a trip to celebrate a Santa Monica 4th of July, check out these vacation rentals in the area that will give you the freedom you would have if you were at home. Whether you’re in Malibu, Laguna Beach or some another coveted town in this gorgeous area, the events will be endless, and the party unending. Don’t miss the opportunity to soak up a Santa Monica 4th of July!