Archive: beaches

Guide to Grand Cayman

Posted on May 21, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  6 Comments

The Cayman Islands are one of the most picturesque locations in the Caribbean, popular with vacationers and cruise-goers alike. In this guide, we’ll offer tips for visiting Grand Cayman, including the best (and worst) things to do, where to eat, where to stay, and more. I’ll also share a bunch of photos I’ve taken in […]

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Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park Review & Tips

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is a coastal park on the big island of Hawaii. In this post, I’ll review the park, share some photos I took when we went here, and offer some tips for visiting. First, a bit of filler. Uh, I mean background… Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park contains 420 acres […]

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El Matador State Beach: Malibu’s Megastar

Posted on May 4, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  No Comments

Southern California has a lot of incredible beaches, but without question, the best beach near Los Angeles is El Matador State Beach in Malibu, which is one of the pocket beaches in Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach (all of which are part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area). In this post, I’ll […]

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10 Best Beaches in Laguna Beach, California

Posted on Apr 9, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  No Comments

Laguna Beach has the absolute best selection of beaches in Southern California. In fact, its miles of coast along Pacific Coast Highway might be some of the best in the world. While this quiet little beach town located an hour or two south of Los Angeles (depending upon traffic) can be quite busy during the […]

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Sony a7R II Landscape Photos

Posted on Mar 6, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  3 Comments

I’ve been using my Sony a7R II for nearly 2 months now, and while I’ve listed it as the camera used in a few blog posts on TravelCaffeine, I haven’t mentioned why it’s the camera I’m using instead of my Nikons. I did that in my Why I’m Going Mirrorless: Volume I post over on […]

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Visiting Morro Bay State Park in California

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  7 Comments

Like the ocean? Enjoy quaint little beach towns? How do you feel about huge rocks? If you’re a fan of these things, might I suggest Morro Bay State Park and the city of Morro Bay itself, home of the Morro Rock. If you’re taking a Pacific Coast Highway road trip, Morro Bay is a great […]

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Killer Sea Cave Shot or: Almost Being Killed in a Sea Cave

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  5 Comments

One of the many reasons why the California Republic is the greatest nation in the free world is its wonderfully diverse geography. I witnessed this firsthand a couple of weeks ago, shooting dawn and sunrise in the freezing temperatures of Yosemite National Park before finishing the day shooting sunset in 90-degree weather at El Matador State Beach in […]

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Newport Beach’s Corona del Mar

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  6 Comments

Corona del Mar is an affluent area of Newport Beach, California. South of the main harbor, CdM has beautiful, jagged coastline that puts its beaches among the best in Southern California. A lot of the best coastline is difficult to access here, as there’s almost no public access between Crystal Cove and Little Corona Beach. […]

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Merry Christmas from Crystal Cove!

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  2 Comments

Well, Merry belated Christmas, that is. Yesterday, we headed to Crystal Cove State Park to see some of the vintage-inspired holiday decor and enjoy a “traditional” white (sand) Christmas. I think it’s going to take years to get used to trading in the snow and evergreens of the Midwest for the beaches and palms of Southern California, […]

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Colors of Christmas at Montage Laguna Beach

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  4 Comments

It’s Christmas season in Southern California, which means two things: palm trees covered in lights and gorgeous sunrise and sunset skies! After a week of traveling when I landed at LAX last night, I decided to check the weather and noticed conditions were predicted to be ripe today in Laguna Beach for a nice sunrise. […]

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