Still, the scenery we took in till we got as far as Pleasant Valley was well worth the drive alone.
On the way back we stopped off at the un-aptley named Paradise Cove. Well actually the cove itself IS nice enough. This is the one featured on the cover of the Beach Boys' "Surfin' Safari." The problem is, as soon as you turn off the road into it, you're into a car park with a barrier that costs at least $25 if you don't eat there. Straight away that gets your heckles up getting ripped of like this, even if you PLANNED on eating there.
|Paradise Cove - the shot on the cover of the Surfin Safari album was done here|
There was a 30 min wait to get a table outside and this gave us the chance so sit on the beach for a while.
|The Beeb on the Beach avec lobster!|
|Minty with her Diet Coke in Paradise Cove|
Absolutely terrible service, and not what you expect from a place like this. They obviously rely on passing trade and don't have many regular customers as we can't see many people wanting to go back!!! Anyway, this is the only place we've been to where there was no tip left.
Then we headed back on the road to spend the rest of the afternoon on the beach at Santa Monica. The Beeb finally made it into the Pacific Ocean for a swim.
|The Beeb hits the Pacific Ocean Blue|
|Minty paddled on the shore line|