It’s no surprise I would try and fance up a beach day to the best of my ability. When you have limited funds for vacations, your best bet – and mine, is to plan staycations. This past Saturday was the first of many to come.
I set my sights on Paradise Cove in Malibu and grabbed two friends to come along. With our pitcher of low carb margaritas (tequila, club soda, splenda, and lime juice) and cooler in tow, we set off toward our destination.
First stop – Malibu Country Mart for some food to bring with us to the beach. I remembered my LA-born cousin taking me to an awesome sandwich shop a few years back when I first moved here called John’s Garden. Yum. It’s a tiny place in the center of all of the snazzy shops, movie theater, and restaurants and it’s always got a line out the door. We happened to beat the crowd and each ordered a deliciously large ‘wich for the road. We, being the sensible yet curious shoppers that we are, coincidentally stumbled into Kitson, Crumbs Bake Shop, J. Crew, and Chocolatebox Cafe while looking for the restroom. Finally after prying ourselves away from the stores, we departed for the beach.
Stop numero dos – Paradise Cove off the Pacific Coast Highway. After finding free street parking and paying a mere $5 entry fee, we carted our stuff down toward the beach. To our left, the nifty Beach Shuttle that brings the beach bums back to their cars atop the hill and…a food truck! But not just any food truck, the Leblon Caipirinha truck! At this point, we knew we chose the right beach to spend the day at, and not just because of my affinity for food trucks. Paradise Cove happens to be one of the only beaches in the Santa Monica to Malibu spread with a cafe and bar on the actual sand. Being a native Miami-an, the lack of restaurant-water locations in LA has always upset me. Restaurants on a cliff overlooking the water comes close, but just doesn’t cut it. Even though we were food and beverage sufficient, I was happy just knowing it was there – in case. Finally, we reached the sand and set up shop. Talk about a view…and relaxing. So relaxing, one of my gal pals passed out while the other and I flipped through LA Magazine’s “Best of LA” issue and planned our post-beach move, a pit stop at Malibu Yogurt and the neighboring coffee shop.
From there we made the long trek back to West Hollywood, and keeping with the beachy theme, stopped at Mexico Restaurante y Barra’s happy hour. A few casa margaritas and a shrimp ceviche later we had accomplished our goal to feel like we were on a vacation and spend little money doing so.
Having had a full day of festivities there was nothing left to do but take a much-needed nap. However, our day was far from over. We regrouped and headed to the launch of the new Xomad private events sponsored by Blackberry. Being that I hadn’t eaten dinner yet, how could I turn down the yummy catered food, cupcakes, and open bar? Yea, I don’t think so.
Now, with all that being said and done, the grand total of our fun-filled day in LA came to a whopping…drum roll anyone? $32 per person.
How you ask? Here is a breakdown of our costs:
Home-made margarita mix $25, sandwiches $30, beach entry $15, coffee and yogurt $9, happy hour $18, Xomad event and parking FREE.
Talk about stretching a dollar! Hey, if you can’t afford it, improvise.
Check back soon for another awesomely fancy-cheap day in LA. Suggestions are always welcomed!