With its cloudless skies, open beaches, warm waters and golden sunsets, Newport Beach is the definition of California living and this week at Black Tomato, we're all about teleporting you there as our lucky Cali correspondent Isabel Dexter live blogs from the wonderful West Coast. If the thoughts of rubbing sun kissed shoulders with the beautiful people, riding the waves of the Pacific and stocking up on vintage finery in stylish boutiques give you the travel bug, California is calling you - we've got a competition to send one sun-worshipper to live the good life in Newport Beach.
In the meantime, here are some slices of the O.C. life to get you in the sunny state of mind.
Stretching ten miles along the Cali coastline, Newport Beach has soft golden sands for serious sunbathers, mean waves at surfing hotspot The Wedge, a boardwalk to bike with the best of them and first-rate bars and restaurants to feed and water the happy, tanned masses. It really is a wonder that anyone ever leaves.
Find your sea legs and climb aboard one of the many boat trips sailing the perfect Pacific waters surrounding Newport Beach. Be it an evening cruise, a whale-watching expedition or a kayak excursion to get your fill of sea air, the Cali coast is the perfect backdrop for setting sail.
Possibly the only thing to tempt us inside away from the ever-present sunshine is the O.C.’s great shopping with vintage stores and designer boutiques a-plenty. The one item of clothing you absolutely cannot live without in Newport is swimwear: head to quintessential California girl Brit B.’s BeachCandy Swimwear to combine the two California staples – bikinis and boutiques.
The ideal retreat for tired beach bums, switch lying on the sand for stretching out in your own Italian inspired bungalow or plush villa overlooking the sea in Newport Coast’s Pelican Hill. Treat yourself to a massage after a tough day of catching rays, then take a soak in your tub before watching the sun go down with a glass of wine on your balcony.
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