Are you craving sunshine for your next travel assignment? Nothing beats the sunshine of sunny Southern California, and after a long winter some time in the sun could be just what the doctor ordered. Of all the places you could go for a travel assignment or permanent placement, Southern California is practically one that sells itself. The region of Southern California is enormous and geographically offers everything from the beach to desert to mountains, and of course, the dazzling cities of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and everything in between. No matter which part of the region you land in, they all have so much of their own unique characteristics and things to see and do. Taking a travel assignment in So-Cal can easily be made to feel like a working vacation.
First things first, Southern California is an amazing time to find a beach and get a tan. With about 140 miles of coastline, beaches are plentiful, beautiful, and varied. There are many publicly accessible flat sandy beaches, but also some pretty incredible cliffside beaches in some spots. The best way to really see California’s beach line is to take a drive on the Pacific Coast Highway, US 101. The Pacific Coast Highway offers hundreds of miles of super cute little beach towns as well as amazing scenic views as the highway snakes alongside the coast from the rocky cliffs of Santa Barbara to the sandy beaches of San Diego. No matter which beach you lay your towel out on, there is just something about the sound of the waves hitting the shore and the warmth of the sun on your skin that is perfect for refreshing your soul and recharging your batteries. Access to the beach is, without a doubt, one of the greatest parts about spending some time in Southern California.
Beyond beaches, Southern California is famous for its numerous theme parks. Southern California has more theme parks than any other state in the entire country. One of the best of them is Universal Studios Hollywood, featuring a whole area dedicated to the world of Harry Potter where you can take a ride on Hagrid’s motorcycle or get a mug of Butterbeer in Hogsmeade. If you are up for an adrenaline rush, check out Knotts Berry Farm where you can ride some seriously fast and intense roller coasters. Last but certainly not least, a stay in Southern California would not be complete without a visit to Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth. There really is something about the Disney magic that sets it apart. Even if you don’t go into the park itself, the area around the park itself known as Downtown Disney is free to enter and a really fun place to spend an afternoon. With all of its unique eateries, charming themed boutique shops and frequent festivals and events, checking out Downtown Disney is a great way to enjoy a bit of the Disney magic without the full Disney price tag. Moving a bit further south, the San Diego area is home to Lego Land, Sea World, and of course, the world famous San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. Each of these parks could easily be a focus of its whole own blog but to put it simply, Southern California has a ton of exciting theme park options whether you want to spend a day with Mickey Mouse or Shamu.
If you enjoy museums, Southern California also has many to choose from. Just within the area of Balboa Park in San Diego you can find a whopping 17 different museums highlighting subjects from Natural History to Air and Space, and many more. Balboa Park itself is worthy of visiting even just to walk through. Described as a “1,200-acre historic urban cultural park”, Balboa Park features beautiful walking paths and incredible Spanish Colonial architecture that makes the buildings into art pieces themselves. Balboa Park is also home to several theaters including the Old Globe Theater, a copy of the very theater in which Shakespeare himself debuted his plays.
Southern California is also a total paradise for anyone that likes to be active outdoors. Southern California is a perfect place for whatever recreation you enjoy whether that is taking a jog or a bike ride along the beach, surfing, rock climbing, or more. Believe it or not, you can even go skiing or snowboarding in Southern California at Big Bear Mountain and Snow Summit in San Bernardino. One of the most amazing things about the region of So-Cal is that the geography is so unique that you could be riding a surfboard at a sunny beach in the morning, then riding a snowboard down the mountain that same afternoon, and finish the evening sitting around a campfire in the desert of Death Valley. Southern California really does have it all.
After all that physical activity, you are bound to work up an appetite and there is no better place to find a good bite to eat than Southern California. No matter what cuisine you crave, you can find it here, and that is especially true for Mexican food. San Diego has some of the best Mexican food you could possibly find without going into Mexico itself. Be warned though, after eating a few burritos, fish tacos, or carne asada nachos in San Diego, Mexican food from just about anywhere else will pale in comparison.
If you are wanting your next travel assignment to feel like a working vacation, Southern California is one of the best regions you could choose. Whether you want to spend your time off lounging in the sun on the beach, screaming on a roller coaster, exploring museums, or maybe you are just craving some truly delicious tacos, Southern California is the way to go. Pamela’s List has numerous opportunities for jobs in the area. Are you maybe looking to lay down roots in Southern California? Talk to us about permanent placement options. Whether you are looking to work in Southern California for 8 weeks or forever, let us know where you want to go and Pamela’s List can send you there!