California Lifestyle Travel

An Autumn Beach Day

fall beach day

The great thing about living in Southern California is that the weather is temperate enough to allow for beachgoing all year round. And although it’s counterintuitive, my favorite time of the year to go to the beach is during autumn and winter.  With less people, you feel like you have the whole beach to yourself and the crisp weather allows for walks on the sand in a cozy sweater.

We took a daytrip to our favorite SoCal picnic spot:  Sanbuenaventura State Beach in Ventura (just an hour away from LA).  There’s a large picnic area with tables and bbqs, you’re right next to the beach, and you have the Jolly Oyster truck!


It is possible we have an obsession with Jolly Oyster (I blogged about it last year).  What can I say? We love our oysters.

This was our first time going in the fall and we welcomed the crisp weather. Also isn’t there a saying that oysters are better in the R months of year?


Along with the oysters, we feasted on an autumn salad, steamed potatoes, a cheese plate with salame and rosemary crackers.  To quench our thirst, we started with a white Burgundy followed by a California Chardonnay, California Sauvignon Blanc and ended with a Brouilly (a red wine from the Beaujolais region in France).

The Frenchman is getting pretty good at shucking and also taught our friend, Tri, how to get his shuck on.

oyster shucking


The change in season also meant a shorter day, which we actually welcomed since we were able to see the beautiful sunset.

beach sunset at jolly oyster

beach sunset

I love how the light colors the sand with a pinkish hue.

golden hour on the beach

watching the sunset

How gorgeous is this view?  Can you just smell the sea air?

golden hour on the pacific

palm tree silhouette at sunset

Until next time Ventura Beach!

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