California Dreaming

BATD ON Dec 08, 2009 AT 5:58 pm

The Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier

California Escape

Fancy a break from the rain clouds? Doh, I know silly question, but if you are considering sunshine during your Xmas holiday time off I can recommend the great sunshine state of California. Now I don’t usually write about holiday deals here, we do prefer to review hotels but I have seen these great offers and as I’m a big fan of LA I thought I’d pass them on. These are available for December and January, so if you are dreaming of sunglasses and flip flops more than mince pies and snow…get planning now!

Matthew McConaughey jogs with dog BJ in Malibu‏

Matthew McConaughey jogs with dog BJ in Malibu‏

Beachside in Santa Monica

If you’re looking for some beach and coastal action, Santa Monica certainly ticks the boxes and you can walk around here, unlike most of LA. Our favourite spots include some of the independent boutiques and galleries, but the draw this winter will surely be the beachfront. The Santa Monica Pier provides the sights and sounds to get a summer scene in the middle of winter. Nighttime attractions include the likes of Cirque Du Soleil and regular concerts and happy hours. Who knows, a walk along Muscle Beach to the south might even spur some body building beach romance. Drive further down the coast and star spot in Malibu as the beach stretches on for golden miles.

San Francisco

For a little cultural excursion, maybe a stay in San Francisco is just the ticket this Christmas. Whether you want a relaxing ride on a classic cable car or over the Golden Gate Bridge, the area has something for everyone. A relaxing tour through wine country in Napa County never goes amiss. Cruises through the bay and walks through the San Fran Botanical Gardens are a lovely thought as I hear the raindrops. From Chinatown to Fisherman’s Wharf to the Marina, San Fran is a great place to go.

Virgin Holidays is offering some scorching Santa Monica deals for beachfront fun. Direct flights and 3-night hotel stays are available in packages running now through the end of the month.

Visit www.virginholidays.co.uk for details of all last minute offers and to save 5% by booking online.

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