There's a fine reason why so many of the best summer songs feature the Golden State. The sands, the surf, the sun – it's an inspiring place to be, and a state that proudly claims to be the origin of everything from fast food, the internet and perhaps, most importantly, beach culture.
If you're looking for good vibes, then the USA's west coast is undoubtedly the place to be. Let's count off three of the best boating spots in and around California.
Marina Del Rey
If you're into water sports, then Los Angeles' boating epicenter can't be missed. Since 1965, Marina Del Rey has been the number one location for community festivals, summer concerts and even dolphin and whale spotting.
Head out from the warm sands of the sheltered cove of Marina Beach and open up the throttle to Santa Monica Bay, where you can enjoy the captivating views of Venice Beach and greater Los Angeles. Pack your scuba gear and explore some sensational underwater life in the crystal blue waters.
Song of choice: L.A. Woman – The Doors
Straddling the great states of California and Nevada is one of the finest freshwater boating spots in the world and the largest alpine lake in North America. Bring the skis and boards and create some wakes, or find that easy feeling and fish for some of the impressive Mackinaw Trout and Kokanee Salmon that hang about in the deeper waters.
Song of choice: Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Eagles
Considered by some to be the crown jewel of Orange County, Newport Beach has built its reputation on pristine sandy beaches, perfect surfing waves and balmy summer sunshine. Make sure you visit the Lido Marina Village to refuel both your bellies and your boats, then cruise along the coastline and see the incredible dunes.
Song of choice: Surf City – Jan and Dean
California loves their big displays – the kinds that say "Yes, I'm here." Little wonder then, that the Apollo™ RA770 with a large 4.3-inch touchscreen is already a big seller with serious boaters who appreciated the high-quality that built-for-purpose marine audio products deliver. When matched with our new Signature Series 3 sports-style speakers and subwoofers with industry-first CRGBW LED lighting, you have the best on-water audio entertainment system that is guaranteed to turn heads.