My 14 year old daughter and I will be traveling to southern California in July 2014.
We are looking for a beach town to stay in for a few nights while we play tourist in the LA area. We will have a car so that is not an issue.
I am trying to get a sense of what the vibe of each town is and if one is better suited for us. She is into photography and hanging out at the beach. We both like to explore new places; learn about new local restaurants/shops/cafes...definitely not into the typical "tourist" trap locales. I love good seafood...and just exploring.
Nice hotel with preferred good view/location would be good...close to the ocean would be even better. Prefer to stay as close to $200 per night at the end of July.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.