After Segway-ing, we headed to Santa Monica beach which is just an hour South of San Jose. It’s quite a commercialized family beach complete with your usual amusement park and also a boardwalk with shops and other summer treats.
The beach itself is not very big and the view is not that glamorous, but there are a few volleyball nets available. It’s mostly just a fun place for family and friends to hang out and catch some rays.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a classic tourist strip with chain restaurants and activities. It’s not very big, but there are a few decent attractions such as ferry rides, a huge Ghiradelli store, and seafood restaurants. We were determined to have some good oysters and clam chowder which is what San Fran is known for. The seafood restaurant that we hit up, Scoma’s, was recommended by a local who raved about the food. Overall the food was average but pricey. The raw oysters were nothing special, and we also had a clam chowder but it was also nothing spectacular. I would say Rodney’s Oyster House in Toronto is 10x better for your taste buds and wallet.
Another cool spot we hit up was Stanford University, about 45min-1hr drive west of San Jose. We were expecting quite a historic looking campus, but it was in fact fairly new and modern looking. University of Toronto campus had a lot more going on than Stanford actually. But still cool to stroll around to check it out.
Overall it’s been an amazing week in sunny state of California with a healthy mix of beach, food, and entertainment! 🙂