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Bites and Sights: A day at the beach

I grew up less than five minutes from the beach. When I was younger, summers were spent building sand castles and swimming in the surf. As I got older, the beach became more of a hang out spot where I would meet up with friends, lie on the sand and spend lazy days reading a good book or just relaxing.

Now that I live inland and the beach is more than a half-hour drive from my house I crave the cool ocean breeze and the smell of saltwater in the air. The truth is, I’m rarely ever in the mood to hop in the car and drive through L.A. traffic for a few hours on the sand but I recently discovered a system that would make going to the beach a lot easier.

The city of La Canada Flintridge has a summer beach bus for those of us who are looking for some fun in the sun without having to drive there ourselves.

For a $3 round-trip fare, the bus will pick you up at various spots throughout La Canada Flintridge and La Crescenta early in the morning and drop you off in Santa Monica. Then, the bus will come back to pick you up for a return trip in the afternoon.


Seniors and people with disabilities can ride the bus for $1.50 and with a little advance notice they will even accommodate large groups.

It’s such a great service and at a very low price. It really takes out all of the inconvenience of going to the beach.   

Garinee Soudjian is a writer and blogger who is a food and community enthusiast. She can be reached at