Santa Barbara: The American Riviera

With oceanfront views, cinematic festivals and fine wine, Santa Barbara has been called the "American Riviera" -- with a twist. The coastal city also comes with a down-home style all its own.

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Coronado Bridge & Glorietta Bay

Coronado Bridge & Glorietta Bay

A peninsula situated across the San Diego Bay from the city of San Diego, Coronado only has 2 ways in or out – one of which is the Coronado Bay Bridge, which offers drivers unparalleled views of the water. 960 1280

Brett Shoaf, Artistic Visuals  

Dog Beach

Dog Beach

Located next to the Naval Air Station at the most northern end of the beach, Dog Beach is not only a great place to romp with your furry buddy, but is also the perfect spot to collect shells and sea glass. 960 1280

SanDiego.org   

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

A luxury, beachfront hotel, the Hotel Del Coronado -- "The Del" -- is full of history. Not only is it one of the largest all-wooden structures in California, but it's also one of the few surviving architectural examples of a wooden Victorian beach resort and is a designated National Historic Landmark. 960 1280

Oyster.com  

San Diego Bay and Skyline from Centennial Park

San Diego Bay and Skyline from Centennial Park

Centennial Park offers grandiose views of the San Diego skyline across the Bay. While there, take a ride on the ferry or check out the beautiful rose garden. 960 1280

Brett Shoaf, Artistic Visuals  

Golfers in Coronado

Golfers in Coronado

A resort town would not be complete without a golf course – and luckily, Coronado has its fair share. And with San Diego’s near-perfect weather, every day is a great day for golf.
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Joanne DiBona, sandiego.org  

North Island Naval Air Station

North Island Naval Air Station

Built in 1917, Coronado's Naval Air Station North Island is known as the "Birthplace of Naval Aviation." 960 1280

Official Navy Page, flickr  

Coronado Ferry Landing

Coronado Ferry Landing

With its art galleries, eclectic boutiques and variety of restaurants, Coronado Ferry Landing is a necessary addition to your Coronado itinerary. Pick up a souvenir before dining on the freshest seafood around. 960 1280

SanDiego.org   

Gondolas at Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Gondolas at Loews Coronado Bay Resort

The Gondola Company at Loews Coronado Bay Resort provides the most romantic gondola rides this side of Venice – serenading gondolier and all. 960 1280

SanDiego.org  

Central Beach

Central Beach

The main beach of Coronado, Central Beach is situated directly in front of the Hotel Del Coronado. If the convenience of the hotel and picturesque views weren't enough to entice you, waiters also serve drinks along the boardwalk. 960 1280

Brett Shoaf, Artistic Visuals  

North Beach Surfers

North Beach Surfers

Southern California is known for its surfing, and in Coronado, the surfers head to North Beach. No worries if you're not a pro – there are plenty of local companies that provide surf lessons. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Coronado Shopping, Orange Ave

Coronado Shopping, Orange Ave

Orange Avenue, Coronado's main street and shopping district, is packed with quaint, local businesses ranging from upscale boutiques to mom-and-pop outposts. 960 1280

Brett Shoaf, Artistic Visuals  

Ruby's Diner is located at the end of the Huntington Beach Pier, one of the longest public piers on the West Coast. 960 1280

Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau  

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city made famous by MTV's series of the same name following privileged SoCal teenagers. 960 1280

Jeri Koegel through Flickr Creative Commons  

Laguna Beach is the second-oldest city in Orange County, second to Anaheim. Its picturesque coastline is midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. 960 1280

Chris Eason through Flickr Creative Commons  

There's no shortage of shopping for real housewives or tourists in Orange County. 960 1280

La Citta Vita through Flickr Creative Commons  

The newly-renovated Hilton La Jolla sits atop the bluffs and overlooks the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course and Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

Paul Cross through Creative Commons  

One of the youngest cities in the OC, Rancho Santa Margarita is a beautifully planned community set upon the rolling hills. 960 1280

Courtesy City of Rancho Santa Margarita  

The streets of downtown La Jolla are spotted with the world's shopping elite visiting storefronts from charming boutiques to high-end art galleries. 960 1280

Alejandro Mallea through Creative Commons  

San Clemente is a popular surfing destination, catching swells all year long. 960 1280

Curtis Fry through Flickr Creative Commons  

Newport Beach Harbor is a semi-artificial harbor that created several islands such as Newport Island, Balboa Island, Collins Island and more now mostly covered with private homes. 960 1280

John Martinez Pavliga through Flickr Creative Commons  

Imagine soaking in the sunset view at home in Laguna Beach. 960 1280

Jeri Koegel through Flickr Creative Commons  

La Jolla's curving coast along the Pacific Ocean is an affluent seaside resort with home prices averaging $2 million. 960 1280

Paul Hamilton through Flickr Creative Commons  

The South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa define luxury shopping with the highest sales in the US. 960 1280

  

With more than 12 miles of sand and surf and 8 miles of paved boardwalk downtown Huntington Beach offers one-of-a-kind shopping, dining, activities and nightlife. 960 1280

Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau  

Bert, Jeanine and Jenna give the Riddler a test ride. 960 1280

  

Bert ambushes the members of the blue team. 960 1280

  

Members of the Blue Team pose before the days competition begins. 960 1280

  

Red team getting ready to slay Goliath. 960 1280

  

The Red Team is ready to go. 960 1280

  

The sound guy poses for a quick picture. 960 1280

  

The Blue Team gets back on the ground after riding Goliath. 960 1280

  

Bert interviews both teams after the competition in front of the Superman: Escape From Krypton. 960 1280

  

As usual, Bert makes the Red Team laugh with one of his many witty jokes. 960 1280

  

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