Photography by Grey Lockwood | Styled by Kristi Brooks | Hair and Makeup by Amanda Thorne, Thorne Artistry
Photographer’s Assistants: Justin Galloway, Daniel Carter
ON RAQUEL: Python middle loop bikini top ($99) and cheeky bottoms ($84) by ViX, vixpaulahermanny.com. Xavier earrings ($170) and Helena necklace ($180), Double Happiness, doublehappinessjewelry.com.
BELMONT PARK’S LIBERTY CAROUSEL
This detailed reproduction of a 1920s-style carousel harkens to yesteryear with hand-painted images of The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, Hotel del Coronado and Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis airplane.
MISSION BEACH BOARDWALK
Constructed of wood when it was built in 1914, Mission Beach’s 2.3-mile-long boardwalk had its planks replaced with concrete in 1925. The seawall, whose construction also began in 1925, was completed in 1968.
In 2015, the city of San Diego began a $5.5 million restoration of the boardwalk, with plans to replace a large section of the walkway and seawall by Memorial Day 2016.
Mission Bay was only a tidal marsh when European explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo named it False Bay in 1542. In the 1940s, dredgers removed 25 million cubic yards of sand and silt from the marsh, creating the nation’s largest man-made aquatic park. Today, Mission Bay Park encompasses more than 4,000 acres (approximately 46 percent land, 54 percent water), with 27 miles of shoreline and 14 miles of bike paths.
Pacific Beach’s 872-foot Crystal Pier was named Pickering’s Pleasure Pier when its builder, Ernest Pickering, completed the project in 1927. Of the 32 cottages lining the pier today, known collectively as Crystal Pier Hotel, 26 were constructed in the 1930s. The other six were erected during a mid-1980s renovation necessitated by damaging storm waves.
LA JOLLA COVE
La Jolla Cove’s ecological-protection status is good news for the garibaldi, seahorses and leopard sharks that call the area home, but bad news for surfers - floatation devices are forbidden in the water.
ABOVE MARINE STREET BEACH
Situated between Whispering Sands Beach to the north and Little Point to the south, La Jolla’s secluded Marine Street Beach is a popular surf spot known for its gnarly shore break.