It’s that time of year again: summer. The time of year that we all make plans with our friends to go on crazy trips, spend every day at the beach, or just get out of the house to do fun things. But let’s be real, it can be easy to fall into a ‘schedule’ consisting of binge watching Netflix and eating everything in the fridge. Without a game plan, there’s a good chance the majority of summer could be spent lying in bed or on the couch. Don’t worry, we’re the same way too. This summer, let’s change that! Here are some of our favorite fun things to do this summer in Southern California.
Looking to do something adventurous? Get a couple friends together, lace up your hiking shoes, pack your favorite bathing suits (Cabana Anna, of course), and head out to Malibu Creek State Park. If you’re adventurous and unafraid of heights, then this is the perfect thing to do on a hot summer day! Only a short hike on the trail will lead you to a C-shaped gorge that’s MADE for cliff jumping. A little bit of rock climbing is involved in order to get up high enough to jump. Once you climb up on the rocks, take a deep breath, and take the plunge! Make sure to have a friend take a picture for Instagram or even a video (just to prove that you did it).
Want to get the most out of your beach day? Plan a trip to Laguna and swing by 1000 Steps Beach. Navigate your way to the beach while drinking in that incredible view. Once you get to the beach, you can lay out to tan, go surfing, play volleyball, or explore. If you go during low tide, you can climb the rocks to get to the natural pools. It’s a trek to get to the beach and pools, but definitely worth every minute to see the waves crashing on the rocks and the clear, blue water! Then, after spending time at the beach, you’ll get a great leg workout climbing up those steps ;) Your summer bod will look better than ever!
If you’re not doing anything between July 25 and August 2, you’re in luck. The U.S. Surf Open is held in Huntington Beach each year and it’s sure to be a blast! This event is the largest surf competition in the world and tons of Southern Californians attend each year. If you’re not into surfing, there are other events going on in the area simultaneously. The U.S. Surf Open has live music, other competitions, fashion shows, and much more. It is one of the biggest events of the year in Southern California and definitely something that you shouldn’t miss. Maybe you’ll even find some hot surfer boys to hang out with!
Ok, a lot of these activities take some pre-planning. If you’re looking for something to do last minute with a couple of friends there are so many other excellent options – LA is always on the go and many of the best things are cheap or free. You can go paddle boarding in Marina del Rey, the perfect way to get some sun on the water while exploring. Another great activity is biking or rollerblading in Manhattan Beach. There’s a bike trail that takes you right along the beach. Feeling a little bit more adventurous? Go parasailing in Marina del Rey. You’ll get to see all of Los Angeles from above and maybe even get dipped in the water!
Make this summer in LA one for the books J check back here weekly for updates and even more fun activities!