The day we went also happened to be the start of the sand castle competition. The weather couldn't have been more perfect and we were all excited to go! The condo itself was great and spacious and the pool was heated to a blissful 89 degrees; bathtub water! The kids could have swam the duration of the time in Long Beach and they were more than displeased when I told them we had other items on our agenda.
While the beaches of Long Beach resembled nothing of Okinawa they were still beautiful in their own right. The sand castle competition didn't really get started until the weekend either and since we went on a Thursday there wasn't too much to see. The kids still had a blast playing in the sand and we all loved watching the beautiful kites soar overhead. The kids didn't dare touch the murky brownish blue water. The color and large waves were nothing like the aqua colored Oki ocean they are used to.
We had so much fun walking around the beachy town with Linda and getting in the full Long Beach experience. We rounded out the trip with some delicious clam chowder and salt water taffy. Completing our perfect west coast beach experience!! We love Linda so much and are so grateful for her hospitality and friendship!!!