|Seaside Bakery (from Google Earth, I can’t find my picture)|
Besides the surfers, there were plenty of folks out enjoying the sunshine. If you’re into photography, this beach offers plenty of interesting subjects for your photos, both human and architectural, including the historic Newport Pier itself. Rebuilt in 1940, after the original was lost to a hurricane in 1939, the pier is a popular local fishing spot.
|Surfers at Newport Beach|
We continued our drive down the coast, getting on the I-5 near Dana Point where the California 1 ends. A few miles south you will pass the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station before reaching the Las Flores View Point on the El Camino Real. The ocean views from this spot are amazing, you can see all the way to Santa Catalina Island. Its location at Camp Pendleton also allows you to see U.S. Marines practicing drills both on the water as well as right below you on the beach. Another fantastic photo spot, particularly if you have any children in your group.
|Marine drills at Las Flores Viewpoint|
Driving again, we arrived at Oceanside, the southern end of Camp Pendleton. Here we left the I-5 for the Historic California 101. This stretch of the old road runs right along the coast through towns that feel as though they haven’t changed much since folks were driving in Cadillacs with fins.
|The historic paddock at Del Mar on a previous visit|