California luv

Growing up, I was obsessed with the idea of living out my life in a city. I pictured myself walking the streets filled with skyscrapers, abundance of light and yellow cabs.
The thing is we are constantly changing and what we liked then is not even close to what we may like now. Today I dream of spending my afternoons next to a beach where the sun is the closest to my skin, where the cliffs are the highest, and the mountains are my neighbors.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, you know I’m talking about the City of Angels.

I had planned to visit LA later on in the year, but the opportunity came too soon and if you’ve been keeping up with me – you know, I’m all about jumping into opportunities the first time they come by.
So I flew to LA to spend my Valentine’s Day weekend revisiting my favorite restaurants, tourist spots (even though I’ve seen them like 4 times), and getting to know LA all over again. That’s the beauty of this city, you can revisit plenty of times, and it will surprise you like the first time.
The vibe in LA is fantastic. The hippie revolution started in LA for a reason and believe me, there’s no doubt about it that LA people are the happiest. The ocean calls you. The mountains want to be hiked. I can spend an eternity in Venice Beach people-watching and eating fish tacos. I have a few places I visit every single time I go and I’m so excited to share it with you.

For all the times I’ve gone, this is the first time I used Airbnb in LA (even though, I’ve used it before in other cities) and I have no regrets in doing so. I rented a beautiful apartment walking distance from the beach.

If you’re interested, visit Tashi’s one/one for your stay in Venice. It was gorgeous! If this is not the kind of stay you’re looking for, you can check out The Shelter Hotel that averages about $100 the night in Korean Town in LA. The view is spectacular if you ask for a city view!
LA is all about the palm life. If you’re ever in town, rent yourself a car and drive the coast. This time around, I was able to complete the Pacific Coast Highway. The first time, my friends and I drove from San Fran to LA and it was the most beautiful drive I’ve ever done. I have a video on my YouTube channel here. Subscribe! This time, I drove from LA to San Diego and between singing and passing Laguna Beach I had the time of my life. It was a remarkable weekend.
Here are a few pictures I just had to share:

This was just day 1&2, here’s a few more:

This place is everything. Flakes has my heart.
Runyon Cayon’s secret spot
Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles

If you are planning a visit soon, follow this guide, and don’t forget to tag #ourtravelersguide. (Be on the lookout for the site, it’ll be live in no time)

Day 1:

9:00 AM Breakfast at Blu Jam (Call to make reservations!)
11:00 AM Walk the streets of Venice Beach
1:00 PM Ride the Ferris Wheel at Santa Monica
2:00 PM Head to Malibu Beach
2:30 PM And don’t forget to stop at Leo Carrillo Beach to explore the caves
3:40 PM Eat at my all-time favorite sea food restaurant – Neptune’s Net (Best sea food on the PCH & also late Paul Walker’s favorite restaurant)
5:45 PM Watch the sunset down in the beach after eating (Right across from Neptune’s there’s a cliff I like to sit at to enjoy the view)
7:00 PM Head down to Beverly Hills to snap a picture of the sign
9:00 PM Bar-hop in Hollywood Walk of Fame/Sunset Strip (everything in LA closes at 2 AM in the morning – I know, bummer for us Miami folks)

Day 2:

9:00 AM Breakfast at Chicken & Waffles (One of LA’s most popular spot)
11:00 AM Take a snap of Capitol Records (If you’re into the rock & roll era, you know what this is)
1:00 PM Head out to Runyon Canyon (hike all the way to the top)
3:00 PM Alternative – Hike the Hollywood sign and check out the Griffith Observatory.
5:00 PM Watch the sunset from the observatory, probably thee most romantic experience ever.
7:00 PM Enjoy a night in Disney Land.
I’m signing off now, xoxo

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