California: Carmel dining
Bahama Billy’s, 3690 The Barnyard, Carmel 93923; (831) 626-0430, fax (831) 626-5820, www.bahamabillys.com. “This casual restaurant in a shopping center outside Carmel has pleasant surroundings, fresh and delicious food.” Dinner entrees $9.95 to $21.95.
Kay and Jack Kanuit, Redondo Beach
Italy: Staying in Sorrento
Hotel Desiree, 31 Via Capo, 80067 Sorrento; telephone/fax 011-39-081-878-1563. “If you’re staying in Sorrento on the way to Pompeii, Capri or the Amalfi Coast, this cliff-side hotel is a welcoming place. Friendly, English-speaking staff. Spacious, comfortable rooms; ask for a private balcony. Access to a private beach.” Doubles $61 to $81 with breakfast.
Jamie Kravitz, West Hollywood
Mexico: Cliff-side Baja hotel
New Port Beach Hotel, Km. 45, Carretera Libre, Tijuana- Ensenada, Baja; (800) 582-1018, fax 011-52-661-614-1174, www.newportbeachhotel.com. “This hotel sweeps down a cliff to the ocean. Every room has an ocean view. Secluded and romantic, but within walking distance of great food at Lobster Village restaurants.” Doubles from $70.
Nina Murphy, Redondo Beach