The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most scenic drives in California. With stunning coastal views, beaches and restaurants, it is a must-do drive in Los Angeles. My friend who had just recovered from an injured ankle, called me on an impulse and asked me if I was interested in driving with her to the Pacific Coast. It was 2 p.m. and I had just come back from a swim at the Rose Bowl. I agreed and quickly changed into some warm clothing - rain was predicted and it can get very cold and windy near the ocean. It took us about an hour as we made our way through the L.A. traffic to finally arrive on Pacific Coast Highway. The ocean looked stunning with massive waves crashing on the beach - it seemed that a storm was approaching. Our first stop was the SRF Lake Shrine where we enjoyed the beauty of the lush green gardens and the lake. Then we headed to the beach in Malibu. It can be very expensive to park at the beach parking lots, however, since my friend was carrying a cane, the guy at the parking lot wavered the $14 parking fee for us!
We had dinner at Gladstones, an oceanside restaurant that serves seafood & cocktails with optional outdoor seating. Our main course was salmon with vegetables which was also the catch of the day. The restaurant is expensive and you can easily spend $50-$75 per person exclusive of drinks. However, the expensive dinner was worth the breathtaking views of the ocean as the sun slowly set behind the clouds spreading it's golden light on the crashing waves.