Coastal California guide book – Lonely Planet

Coastal California Travel GuideCo-authored by Andrew Bender (Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego County chapters). Here’s an excerpt:

“San Francisco has its bohos, Los Angeles its wannabes and Orange County its soccer moms. San Diego, meanwhile, has the valet guy in polo shirt, khaki shorts and crisp new sneakers. With his perfectly tousled hair, great tan (of course) and puppy-dog enthusiasm, he looks like he’s on perennial break from college, and when he wishes you welcome, he really means it.

“This may sound pejorative, but our intention is quite the opposite. California’s second-largest city and America’s eighth largest, San Diego doesn’t seduce like San Francisco or thrill like LA, but life here is so persistently pleasant, with 70 miles of coastline and the nation’s most enviable climate, that you won’t care much.”

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