The Southern California beach lifestyle hardly needs an introduction – or a sales pitch (it’s called California Dreamin’ for a reason!). While more famous cities like Los Angeles, Venice, Malibu, Laguna Beach and San Diego might get their fair share of attention, there are a number of equally dreamy coastal cities and counties off the beaten path that offer surf and city living just steps from the Pacific Ocean.
Stumble From Your Couch to the Surf in Pierpont Beach, Ventura, CA
Hugging the coastline along the 101 between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Pierpont Beach at Seaward Village is a great coastal beach town with an old school California feel (think more locals than tourists). In addition to the three s’s – swimming, surfing and sun – Pierpont Beach is close to San Buenaventura State Beach and Marina Park.
Benefits of Living Steps from the Beach
While there may not be many perceivable downsides to living by the ocean (unless you consider too much happiness a problem!), one of the biggest benefits is arguably the ability to simply open a window or door and breathe in the surf. The beauty of beach life is that you don’t even have to be a surfer or hit the sand every day to make the lifestyle your own.
It’s Good for Your (Mental) Health
Coastal dwellers and beach vacationers alike have long known that living and spending time by the water is good for body and soul. But as it turns out, studies have shown that spending time near the water is also good for your mental health. Like green spaces, “blue spaces” help to relieve stress and improve emotional well being. People who live in close proximity to a body of water like the Pacific Ocean tend to report less psychological distress and feelings of anxiety, according to researchers. As it turns out, that famous laid-back California vibe is approved by science!
Get Fit – Without Setting Foot in a Gym
The thought of running on an indoor treadmill or cycling on a stationary bike (even in a trendy zen studio) can feel like working out in a dungeon when you have the option to work out by the beach. Running and walking in the sand adds a little physical challenge to your routine and protects the joints from the wear and tear of working out on hard surfaces like gravel or concrete. Looking to cross train? Alternate some sand sprints with a few laps or stand up paddle board action in the ocean!
Leave the Car at Home
Nothing can ruin an otherwise glorious day (and general quality of life) like spending inordinate amounts of time fighting your way through traffic. Jumping in the car will feel less and less appealing when you can throw on a pair of flip flops and make your way down to the sand in the time it would take to find a parking spot.
You Don’t Even Have to Leave Home to Enjoy the Perpetual Summer Breeze and Beachy Vibes
Second to a day in the surf, nothing says beach life and outdoor living quite like enjoying dinner, drinks and an epic California sunset from the comfort of your own home’s backyard patio or deck. Whether enjoying it with friends, just the family or even on your own, one of the biggest perks of life on the coast is the ability to incorporate a little bit of the glorious outdoors into your home.