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“California is an amazing state. There is a reason that it’s ranked third in our nation for total area with an impressive 163,696 square miles, while being ranked first for total population at a staggering 2012 estimate of 38,041,430. There are many potential factors for this but one without question is the amazing assortment of climates that can be found in California. All you have to do is look at any assortment of California maps to see that there are sunny beaches, mountains, national forests, deserts and let’s not forget that the Pacific Ocean is right there beckoning water enthusiasts of all kinds. A couple of California maps I can’t live without are a California travel map and my assortment of California surf maps.
California Mapsfor Getting Around
The California travel map is an essential item in my gear list before I go exploring California. It includes helpful statistics, a climate chart, conversion charts, interesting sites to visit, hotels, museums and public transportation. As far as California maps are concerned this one covers all of the essentials. The climate chart with temperatures is pretty cool and includes sunshine hours, precipitation, humidity and a temperature conversion chart. I always find it useful to know what kind of environment I’m going to be in so that I can plan accordingly. Can’t forget to mention that these California maps are also environmentally friendly and they’re laminated so if you spill coffee on it in the morning, no worries.
California Maps for Surfing
One of my favorite pastimes is surfing. While I’m no Laird Hamilton I can’t help but find something soothing and invigorating all at the same time about surfing. There’s no better place to surf than California – ok, well, that is debatable, but no one can deny it’s definitely up there. I have four California maps for surfing that I hang on to and use to plan my weekend trips.
California Map for Surfing SB & Ventura
The first is my Santa Barbara & Ventura surf map. This is my favorite simply because I live in Santa Barbara County and I use it all the time. It includes surfing spots beyond Jalama, just beyond Point Conception, and the entire Gold Coast of Goleta and Santa Barbara. That’s not all; it also has famous spots located in Ventura County such as Rincon, areas around Port Hueneme and includes locations all the way to the L.A. County line. If you don’t know the areas I mentioned I highly recommend getting this California map and checking them out!
California Map for Surfing L.A. County
The second in my surfing California maps collection is surfing Los Angles County. This map includes everything from the Ventura County Line, around Point Dume, past Malibu’s miracle waves, all around Santa Monica Bay to RAT Beach and the surrounding areas of the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the Cabrillo Breakwater. The map includes detailed directions to all of the above-mentioned locations so that you can get to your chosen spot as quickly as possibly. It also includes an L.A. County seasonal overview which covers changing conditions so that you can pick the best locations year-round. This California map covers some of my favorite places such as Point Zero, Malibu, Sunset, Venice Beach, Sewer Pipe, Chevron Reef and much more!
California Map for Surfing the O.C.
Third on the list of California maps for surfing is the Orange County surf map. This surf map has two sides to it. Both sides are full of awesome details! Side one covers basic driving directions to all the great spots Orange County has to offer. It includes surfing for all of the O.C., spanning from Seal Beach to San Clemente. The first page also includes surf spots for San Onofre even though it’s technically located in San Diego County. The map not only gives directions and locations but it also provides detailed descriptions of the locations which include useful information such as cardinal directions, swell sizes and much more. Lastly the first side features a seasonal overview of Orange County giving valuable insight into the best times of the year to surf.
The second side of the map is equally informative displaying details specifically on Huntington Beach and Newport Beach’s top surf spots. Similar to the front side of the map it contains not only directions and locations but also detailed descriptions of the different locations. The second side also includes seasonal water temperatures for San Clemente, Dana Point and Newport Beach. There is an average 10-degree change in water temperature between August and January so it’s good information to know. This is an essential California mapfor anyone who wishes to surf some of California’s best waves but doesn’t know the area very well.
California Map for Surfing San Diego County
Last but certainly not least is my California map for surfing San Diego County. While this is my least-used map due to the fact that it’s located the farthest away, it still holds a special place for me because San Diego County is where I first learned to surf. Similar to the surf map of Orange County this map has two sides which both display directions, locations and descriptions. Side one includes all of the surf spots from Del Mar all the way down to the Mexican Border. It also displays a large inset with great details on everything from Black’s Beach to Pacific Beach. The descriptions include valuable information best times of the year, best swell direction, the nature of the break, tide height, wind direction and much more.
The second side of the map includes everything you need to know about San Diego’s north County surfing. It goes into detail on surf breaks of specific areas such as Trestles and Torrey Pines. The San Diego surf map also includes a seasonal overview of San Diego County.
Surfing is an amazing activity that anyone can enjoy. Personally, I can’t think of a better place to do it than California. It’s a large state filled with amazing people and great activities. Sometimes it’s hard to find all of its hidden gems, which is why I use California maps to navigate my way around. So if you haven’t been to California or if you live in California and haven’t experienced all of the awesomeness that exists here, grab a map and start experiencing what all the fuss is about!”