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Mussel Shoals is a tiny little town, and when you stop and drive its three or so streets, people stare at you, as if to say, "What are YOU doing here?" The little fake oil company "island" is reached via a pier that starts here! Kids love to see this island from car rides on the freeway, so why not stop and give them a closer view?
There is a fairly nice beach at the base of the pier where you can stroll along and gather driftwood.
You can eat with gorgeous oceanfront views at the Shoals Restaurant in the Cliff House Inn. The prices are decent at breakfast and lunchtime. At dinner it's more expensive but way worth it! It feels like you're in Hawaii as you sit at the outdoor tables, your toes on the grass and you look out at the surfers catching the pier swells. Palm trees sway, sea breezes caress your skin...aaah, this is the life! Because of the way the land is at an angle to the waves, you can see the surfers catch their rides from the side, just like at the Turtle Bay Hilton on Oahu. Linger around the pool after dinner and watch the sun set and the moon rise over the water. We were thrilled to see dolphins literally surfing the waves here, their whole bodies visible and close-up! What a rare treat!
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Exit Highway 101 at Mussel Shoals, south of Carpinteria. There is no offramp or onramp, and you basically take your life in your hands every time to pull this maneuver!
Click "satellite" to see the little island with pier.
This is an interactive map, you can zoom and move it.
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|home sweet home!|
|Saw dolphins bodysurfing huge waves- so beautiful|