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November on the Beach in Los Angeles – You Bet!
First, we thank our military personnel and their families this day for their patriotic and selfless service for the benefit of our country. We would not be here without you. We really thank you every day but the flags go up today for a well deserved holiday tribute, Veterans Day. We have done many special occasion tours for military on leave with their loved ones and visiting Los Angeles as well as muster out and retirement celebrations. The photograph above should remind everyone that November in Los Angeles is still beach weather with clear warm days and lifeguard stations manned. In truth, we can substitute November with any of the winter months here in southern California. Not every day is perfect but almost all of them are nice. Come to Los Angeles any time and enjoy our beaches.
Santa Monica Beach on a Los Angeles Helicopter Tour
Southern California has great wide white sandy beaches that you rarely see empty like this. The shadows indicate an early morning helicopter flight for us departing from Santa Monica airport and taking a good look at the vibrant coastal city as we head up to Malibu. That’s the giant Moreton Bay Fig tree in the foreground growing in the entrance to the Fairmont-Miramar Hotel. Most of the coastline visible is the long and slender community of Malibu, 21-miles of coastline all together. There are no tall buildings in Malibu but we like to point out some great restaurants, fabulous beach homes, incredible mansions in the hills above, and surfing areas deserving of songs (of which there are many). Spending time on the Los Angeles shoreline makes it easy to understand why the stars of the early film industry were drawn here to build their second homes (it took a while in those early days to navigate from Hollywood and Beverly Hills to Santa Monica and Malibu). Get a taste of the good life with a stay in Santa Monica and let us show you around in comfort and style on a private Los Angeles tour.
Summer Arrives at Los Angeles Beaches
You have to get to the beach pretty early to see the colorful lifeguard stands closed up. As you would expect Los Angeles has lots of busy beaches. Busy enough and with stories enough that you certainly remember that popular television show starring David Hasselhoff that dramatized the lives of Los Angeles County Lifeguards. Since 1914 this division of the Los Angeles Fire Department keeps wary eyes on 30 miles of beaches and 70 miles of coastline. Approaching 800 lifeguards during our busy summer season these first responders are trained not only in swimmer rescue but also in rescue boat operations, underwater rescue and recovery, swift water rescue, cliff rescue, marine mammal rescue and marine firefighting. When we fly low close to the water along Venice and Santa Monica beach heading to Malibu while on a private Los Angeles helicopter tour we are humming the theme song to that popular television show and reciting the lifeguard motto: “Watch the water, stay in shape, do the right thing.”
Summer is near. That means it is time to get to the beach. What do they do at the beach? In southern California, and especially here in Los Angeles, they surf.
You don’t know how to surf? Then check out Learn to Surf LA in Santa Monica for private or group lessons or even enroll in surf camp. It is easy and fun. Many students get the hang (10) of it in just one lesson!
Among the many adventures we can plan for our private Los Angeles tour guests (helicopters, horses, Segways, ziplining are among the many) we are now encouraging our water lovers to enjoy a customized luxury tour that includes a surfing lesson. We will handle all the details for your comfort and fun. Just bring your swimsuit and a smile. We will even capture great photographs of your surfing safari for you to take home with you to show your family and friends.
With the parking lot full for film lovers and businesspeople at the American Film Market nearby, our private luxury tour guests get to watch the sun set over the bay from the beach in Santa Monica on a fine November day. The daytime temperatures were in the mid-80s but at this time it is purely comfortable and a joy to watch the surfers coming in and the skaters and bikers enjoying the path snaking along the shoreline. Because all our tours are custom we can stop whenever we want, wherever we want and however long we want to soak in (and photograph) the view for our sightseeing guests. Our guests would surely recommend a beach tour as a thing to do when visiting Los Angeles in November.
There are so many nice, sunny days in Los Angeles (more than 320 each year) that it is not unusual that we find ourselves on a private custom luxury tour of the beaches from Marina del Rey to Malibu. Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1 on your maps and familiarly known as “PCH”) we have favorite spots to stop and show our guests the coastline — from the waterline. We get some pictures, the kids can chase the waterbirds and we all breathe in the good ocean air. It is definitely a treat.
Of course the view from inside the van is excellent and comfortable, but still, nothing beats walking around and experiencing the sights in person.
In 1902 there were 16 miles of canals. Today there are just six canals. A small and now upscale corner of Venice, CA still provides watery fronts to its residents and landing pads for sea birds. The Venice Boardwalk is the biggest attraction for visitors to this historic and fun southern California beach community but we always take our private luxury tour guests interested in the Los Angeles beach scene around the Venice canals and talk about Abbott Kinney and his vision of an American version of Italy’s Venice. For more adventure take a Segway tour of Venice with us. Or, as we captured in this photo, fly over the canals on one of our helicopter tours of Los Angeles.
We are flying low along Will Rogers State Beach in Los Angeles on a perfect morning before the beach goers arrive at this beautiful Santa Monica location. Our private luxury tour guests enjoy photos like this provided on each of our tours. We travel back in our custom vehicles after the flight to see more closely what we flew over in the helicopter.
Whether or not the start of summer is official, schools are letting out, families are traveling and the siren song of the shore is getting loud and difficult to ignore. We do not often get to spread a blanket and relax while on a private luxury tour of the beach communities but if our guests suggest it we are ready and willing to enjoy the cool ocean breeze from atop the warm sand. We sympathize with our inland guests because even we do not get down to the sea enough. Nothing makes us happier than booking a tour of the California coast. Marina del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu — all great places to stop and enjoy the ocean. We can also arrange a Segway tour or a yacht cruise.