We live in a fairly small(ish) town surrounded by other small(ish) towns on the coast of California. While not coastal exactly, we are about two miles from the ocean as the Turkey Vulture flies so we can get to the beach fairly quick when the whim hits.
The niftiest part of all this is the close proximity we have to all sorts of little beach towns and what they have to offer. A few weeks ago we hit up Avila Beach for its final summer farmer's market.
The weather was gorgeous, parking was found and a wander we did go.We listened to live music, dined on tortas and horchata and snacked ourselves silly on kettle corn.
When the crowd grew too crowded, we took a wander up the almost empty pier and enjoyed the sunset.