You Should Be Here: The Next Time You’re in California!

You know that trip to Oahu, Hawaii I took for my birthday? Yeah, that one! Well, I didn’t get a chance to go to a black sand beach because our schedules were already booked for a luau and snorkeling. So when the beau and I decided to take a road trip to Northern California for a quick weekend get-away, he left me to plan the adventure.

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How it all began?

I already knew I wanted to go to Muir National Monument Park. Wrote that down, set it in stone. We considered Yosemite and Redwoods National Park but both were a 4 hour drive away from where we were staying. So I typed on Google, “black sands beach” and bam!  Up pops a real picture of someone standing on black sand on my screen. And tah dah!!! We drove and drove and drove, and yeah we made it!

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There were a lot of precious moments shared that weekend.

-Spending time with the beau and his family.

-Breath being taken away by the gorgeous mountain views, clear water, and crisp air. I must add…the water was freezing!

-Hand-holding and sneaking kisses because young eyes were around.

-Watching the beau succeed in climbing yet another huge rock, Invincible!

-The release of negative emotions and doubts that sometimes cloud our judgement.

All in all, it was just what we needed…

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Things to keep in mind:

To get the best directions to this location, I used Google Maps. The location was best found with the address Black Sands Beach Marin, California.

The beach is located down a winding road past the tourists who are all tryin to get pics of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Plus: This location is not that well known. There were tons of cars pulled over to get pics of the bridge and only 3 cars that made their way to the parking lot of the hike.

Check the weather. We were there at the end of May and the weather was pretty chilly (I hear San Fran is pretty much like that year around.) I wore a popping red jacket that cut the wind perfectly!

It’s a little bit of a hike down a winding hill, so make sure you wear/bring appropriate shoes.

Happy Travels!

-Raven

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The Oahu Travel Experience

Destination: Oahu, Hawaii USA

               This year’s birthday was an absolute dream come true. I celebrated my 27 Spins Around the Sun on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. I have always dreamed of visiting Hawaii. So much, to the point that, birthdays from 12-21 were all “luau” themed. To my parents luck, they were always able to use the same decorations and I was never disappointed. Hawaii was everything I ever dreamed of…from the food, fun, and of course the beach, I was indeed destined to experience FUN IN THE SUN. This is by far, the best birthday celebration yet!

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Pack and Go

As part of my transition to living a minimalist lifestyle, I am working to making my trips away apart of that as well. Check this link to help with packing for your next trip. This 4 day round trip from Las Vegas to Honolulu required little prepping and packing.  

Purposeful Packing Tip: Small luggage and a carry on bag. No check-in needed! Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Stay

Pacific Beach Hotel

Steps away from the beautiful sands of Waikiki Beach lies Pacific Beach Hotel. Pacific Beach Hotel has newly renovated rooms that were modern and very clean. The hotel is walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and cafes. 

As transportation to get around the island I used Uber. (Need the promo code for $$ off, comment below!)

We also rented a car from Enterprise using Expedia. The pick-up location is a short walk away from the hotel.

Eat and Drink

-Atlantis Seafood & Steak

-Grab a spiced chai tea latte from Olive & Oliver Coffee Bar.

-Head over to Goofy Cafe & Dine to try their Big Island Honey French Toast.

-After you hike to Manoa Falls, dine at Manoa Treetops Restaurant. Beware of the running chickens!

Play and Do

Chief’s Luau at Sea Life Park was my dream come true! 

Waikiki Beach and Shopping

Waimanalo Beach State Park– My preference for white sand and less tourists.

-Go snorkeling in North Shore. This was an adventure list item I was able to cross off the list. The experience was breath-taking…literally!

-Stop by the Makapu’u lighthouse before landing at Makapu’u Beach.

-Hike to Manoa Falls.

 

See

We rented  a car for a day, which allowed us to navigate the island a little more and go off the beaten path.

-Aloha Tower

-Street Art in The Ward Village District

-Makapu’u Tide Pools

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Hula Figurine at Olive & Oliver’s Cafe. You must try the delicious Taro muffin at Goofy’s.

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Green Luscious Mountains in Oahu, Hawaii.

 

Chief’s Luau Aloha Experience

 

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Makapu’u Lookout!

Adventure Awaits!

 

Adventure Thrill List: Snorkeling

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This trip I decided to cross a thrill off my list in Ko’Olina. Snorkeling in 35 ft. of water  with fish, turtles, and other beautiful sea creatures. You can either go during the day to possibly catch a sight of a few dolphins or in the evening to watch the sunset on the horizon. This experience included dinner and drinks. Well worth it!

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If you’ve been to Oahu, please share you adventures below. I hope you enjoyed the Oahu Travel Guide and safe travels to you!