Just a short little blurb from me tonight… It just occurred to me that I have not mentioned the day I spent at Pirate’s Cove in Corona Del Mar! As I talked about during my last post, my childhood friend Rachel visited me here in Huntington Beach for a birthday vacation. Over the weekend, my mom and I had several activities planned out for her to enjoy, among them San Diego and Long Beach. The day she was to return home my mom and I planned a shorter half-day adventure to Pirates Cove. After our beach day we would adjourn to Fashion Island to walk around, enjoy the shops, and pick up her favorite dessert…Pinkberry. Luckily she was departing out of John Wayne Airport (SNA) so we were able to complete every stop. If you have not been to Pirates Cove then you really should put it on your to-do list, on a clear and sunny day the water is illuminated and gives off a pretty blue-green hue. This beautiful paradise is located opposite the Newport Beach Jetty and is technically located in Corona Del Mar. Families can enjoy the calming waves perfect for small children (a lifeguard is always on duty) and couples can enjoy a romantic picnic overlooking the harbor. For the movie buff, here’s a fun fact: Pirates Cove is no stranger to Hollywood and was the filming location for several movies and TV shows including Treasure Island, Pirates of the Caribbean and Gilligan’s Island.
After we were all good and tanned it was time to head to Fashion Island for a bit of shopping. This outdoor shopping destination is popular stop for visitors because of its upscale shops yet casual atmosphere. Walking around I have noticed lots of new fun stores opening up and I can’t wait when I have more time to go back and explore them. Fashion Island also offers several upscale dining options including Red O, Fig & Olive and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Our motive for going to Fashion Island was to pick up some Pinkberry frozen yogurt before Rachel headed back to Arizona (there are few locations close to her home), typically I tend to stray from chain restaurants/shops because I really do enjoy finding unique locations but this was a stop made specifically for Rachel. It was a good call, however, because after a hot day at the beach this is just what we needed to cool off. It was now time to take Rachel to the John Wayne Airport for her evening flight so taking MacArthur Blvd. we headed inland–if you take this street it runs directly into the airport entrance! The short drive was super easy and took less than 10-minutes. I love this airport because it is quick to navigate through and is central to a lot of great properties in the Orange County area. Some of you may also know that I frequent this airport for a lot of domestic trips since it is conveniently located so close to my own home. Well as I have said before this is just a short post this evening but I have lots of new posts coming up everyone so keep up with me as I update you on some of the wonderful places I’ve been to recently! Happy and safe travels!