Eat & Drink
- We ate at Los Panchos Taco Shop on our first night in town. I had a Cabo-style fish taco with zesty pico and diced cabbage wrapped in a delicious rolled tortilla. Opie ordered a burrito packed with a large portion of well-seasoned chicken. Since the average O’side temperature is in the very comfortable 70’s, we sat on the patio and relished the last bits of sunlight.
- Another recommendation is Swami’s Café. They have an impressive menu with a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, smoothies, and espresso drinks. I had a tropical seared ahi salad which was one of the daily specials. It came with much more than what was described on the menu; the photo I snapped shows a rainbow of fruits & veggies. The ahi & fixings were fresh & cooling, along with the complimentary cucumber water. My better half chose the strawberry cream cheese French toast which came with eggs & bacon. He loved the house brewed coffee too. We came back another day just for smoothies, and they did not disappoint.
- A bakery is a good place to stop for a snack, especially if you’re looking for a special treat. We shared tiramisu and a green tea macaron. They were so delectable that I didn’t snap the photo in time…
- Ty’s Burger House was a standout. Coming from me, that statement holds a lot of weight because burgers are not my favorite. So of course I didn’t have a traditional burger, but instead the best turkey burger of my life. In the past I’ve tried some that were dry or flavorless; not this one! The patty itself was juicy and seasoned perfectly. Salad greens, red onion, avocado, and cheese were piled high between the substantial bun. Opie ordered a 1/3-pound beef burger for which he was equally pleased. Sweet potato fries and onion rings were the best compliments to a truly delicious meal. We dined inside at a counter behind a window and enjoyed the cool ocean breeze. If you’re in the area, I highly suggest stopping by.
See & Do
- We spent a couple of hours at the California Surf Museum. This is a unique place which showcases the history, depth, and meaning behind surfing. Some of the standouts are the dozens of surfboards on display -along the walls and hanging from the ceiling- to show how much the style, size, and weight of the boards progressed through the years. Heather Brown’s art made an impression on me as well. Opie bought a print for me from the gift shop for a birthday treat. This is a special museum which promises a fun, interesting time that’s pleasing to the senses. Check it out!
- There are several movie theaters as well as a couple of performance theatre companies in O’side. Since the weather was so ideal we didn’t venture into any of them, but they may be worth a look on another visit.
- We stumbled into a street fair while taking a walk after dinner. The banners advertised it as being every Thursday night from 5:00 to 9:00. There were tons of food vendors (too bad we had just eaten!) Artisans were selling jewelry, clothing, and handmade delights as well.
- Bike and surrey rentals are located right off the beach near the pier. As a kid, my family rented both on different vacations in Ocean City, NJ. It’s tough not to smile when pedaling by the shore.
Stay or Go
- We stayed at the Springhill Suites by Marriott. Our room was welcoming with an ocean view and modern décor. We took advantage of the rooftop pool and hot tub each night, and the full breakfast every morning on the patio. Highly recommend.
- There is an Amtrak station adjacent to the hotel. We browsed trip options and may plan a day trip to LA or someplace else another time. This would be a great way to avoid traffic and take in the views along the coast.
- Right off the beach, there are a couple of stands promoting surf schools. I grabbed a pamphlet towards the end of our time there (doh!) and it looks like lessons are offered beginning in the morning and done by the early afternoon. I’m going to make a point to take at least one the next time we’re there. The ocean was one of my first loves. I felt connected to it for as long as I can remember. Surfing is something I’ve wanted to try for a long time, so I’d say it’s about time to try it.