For some reason every time we go to LA my husband suggests that we go to the beach, even though the waters of LA is not that much warmer than the waters of northern California. I guess it’s the imagery of the palm trees swaying in the sunshine that gives people the impression that it’s always beach weather. The actual 80-degree weather in December helps, too. We visited one of our favorite quirky neighborhoods in LA: Venice Beach, and Ellie got to dip her toes in the Pacific again. To see her first dip in Pacific, see our LA trip from last May here.