How Much Holiday Fun Can You Clover For One Half-Annual Vacation? In fact, a full bucket – if your boarding pass lands on the sunny west coast of the United States. A 10-hour sky from the UK to Los Angeles promises cool beach towns, major movie studios, thrilling theme parks, and world-class wildlife. And the sky will almost certainly turn blue during the holidays of the February, June, and October semesters.

Our six multi-generational gangsters (composed of one grandma, one uncle, two children (Bell, eight, Cleo, six) and my partner and me) Each is heading west on a £ 300 right flight.

LA In many cases, you can go cheaper than the Canary Islands during school vacation. The jet lag we fear is quickly melted by the dazzling sunshine of Los Angeles, the towering palm trees, and the endless sand of honey. We abandon Hollywood’s main tourist attraction, Wombam (they can wait for a while) and instead create those cool beach towns. Pitching up at Newport Beach, a cool harbor outskirts 40 minutes drive south of the airport, proves your ticket.

Exhilarating: Joanna Tweedy visited Dana Point, known as the world’s dolphin and whale watching capital, during her vacation to the West Coast of the United States.

Delicious: Joanna's kids loved the famous frozen bananas served at Sugar and Spice in Newport Beach (pictured).

Delicious: Joanna’s kids loved the famous frozen bananas served at Sugar and Spice in Newport Beach (pictured).

Locals are advised to hire a small stuffed electric boat that costs about £ 25 a day and travels at 5 knots on the Blissful Glacier. That’s wise advice. In the afternoon weave around the paddle border in Newport Bay, dodge the bufflehead (the cute duck that Bob next to us) and want a palace-like waterfront home. These eclectic styles clearly follow the mantra of “anything but boredom” by planners.

Girls love the £ 3.5 million “Joe’s House”. This is a futuristic pad that looks like a great white shark’s gaping open mouth. I’m looking for a luxurious former home for Hollywood royalty, including Cyndi Lauper, John Wayne, and Shirley Temple.

Returning to Terra Farm, take a walk on Balboa Island’s Chintz Marine Drive and line up to sample the chocolate-soaked frozen bananas of choice at Newport Beach. The longest lined store is the fun and retro Sugar N’Spice, which claims to have invented a £ 4.50 treat in 1945. Melted chocolate. Cleo appears in a layer of dazzling sprinkles, plump for “everything” toppings, and ridicules it before throwing away the actual banana.

I’d like to minimize driving, but due to the close relationship between freedom and highways in California, I’ll end up driving 30 minutes on the slightly scary 10-lane I-5 South. Jump into your next destination, Dana Point, also known as the dolphin and whale watching capital.

This calm Orange County town is located on the stunning rocky coastline of Southern California, just halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. In 2021, the heritage of whales will be anointed thanks to the gray, blue, humpback, minke whales, fin whales that frequently slide into this warm bay, as well as the 450,000 mileers that call these areas home. It was done.

The Danawaf Whale Watching Company has been based in the town’s harbor since 1971 and launches three times a day sightseeing boats (40 pounds for adults, 30 pounds for children, half price on Tuesdays) with marine naturalists for quizzes. ..

Photo of a family riding a bike on Venice Beach

“LA often goes cheaper than the Canary Islands during school vacation,” Joanna writes.Her picture is a family riding a bike on Venice Beach

A pretty bufflehead duck (pictured) Bobed with Joanna while Joanna was cruising Newport Bay on a

A pretty bufflehead duck (pictured) Bobed with Joanna while Joanna was cruising Newport Bay on a “Duffy” boat.

There are no immediate signs of humpback whales, so we just look, breathing in salty air and seeing the light bouncing off the water. And, of course, that’s when magic happens. First comes the dolphin. Like a flashy circus troupe, they dive around our tour boats. Then, just ahead of them, the kids spy on larger monochrome chunks. A 40-foot stretch gently breaks the water, and when humpback whales jump out into the sky many times, they suddenly become the best seats in the house.

An hour later, when we return to the exhilarating coast, the play of marine life will not diminish. When we moor, a chunky sea lion gang strips the flop and bark on a tanned promenade.

Ultimately, Tinseltown’s cinematic heritage lures us into the endorheic of Los Angeles. Tangerine, a 1960s motel in shades of orange electricity on Burbank’s West Riverside Drive, offers a change from the beach atmosphere. Behind the filmmakers Goliath of Warner Bros., Universal, Disney, etc., this bolthole offers free Cuban pastries for breakfast, and its little tourists spend a long day exploring the Hollywood movie vault. A pool where you can cool off in the form of butter beans.

Our trip is in line with the worship of Harry Potter at Bell’s Peak, so the outlook for a day at Universal Studios, where the young wizard has a quarter of the theme park dedicated to him, is fun. am.

Universal’s tour, and the nearby Warner Bros., offers permission to open the alchemy of Hollywood movies.

Joanna and her companions spent the day at Universal Studios Hollywood, where a quarter of the theme parks are dedicated to Harry Potter.The photo is Hogwarts Castle

Joanna and her companions spent the day at Universal Studios Hollywood, where a quarter of the theme parks are dedicated to Harry Potter.The photo is Hogwarts Castle

At Warner Bros., our guide, Joshua, is the man who finished the movie trivia quiz. Want to know the height of Aquaman? (6 feet 4 inches) Or what influenced the Dark Knight Trilogy Batmobile? (It’s essentially a Lamborghini and tank lover.) He’s your man.

We can even immerse ourselves in some cultures, spending hours before flying home, observing the inspirational exhibits of the Getty Museum in the glamorous Bel Air.

“This is great,” says Grandma. “This is boring,” says the kids.