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One night in a village: Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach

It's funny to think there's a place in the greater LA/OC area that's so small it doesn't have a mailman. But that's exactly the case-Sunset Beach is a mostly residential enclave of just under 1300 people who all make daily treks to the Post Office to retrieve their mail. Its 45-acre beach is one of the most organic, non-commercial stretches of sand still sparkling along the West Coast.

Sunset Beach, CA
Robin Pearl

Captain Jacks Seafood and Prime Rib

For decades now, Sunset Beach has been home to a restaurant that attracts seafood lovers from all around. With its stone base and wood shingle, blue and white exterior, Captain Jacks looks like one of the Guy Noir meets 1970's-style restaurants in which James Rockford used to meet lovely young damsels in distress. It's original old school, not new school trying to look old school. Forget tweeting, this family-owned restaurant is so authentically retro it doesn't even have a website.

Dim lighting, low ceilings, nautical decor and live music Wednesday through Saturday nights, provide atmosphere that complements Captain Jack's specialties-Prime Rib, Alaskan King Crab Legs, lobster and other fresh fish.

For More Information: Captain Jack's 16812 Pacific Coast Hwy, Sunset Beach (562) 592-2514

Blue Café

After dinner, head about four or five blocks south along PCH and catch some live music at the Blue Café. The website lists the address as Huntington Beach but it has a 562 area code and when you go, you'll notice it's on the stretch of PCH still considered Sunset Beach, located in a shopping center just west of Warner Blvd.

This Blue Café location opened in 2007 and features all kinds of live music Tuesday through Saturday nights-everything from the traditional blues, rock and rockabilly, to more experimental punk and indie bands. Sign up on the mailing list to find out who's playing when at both Blue Café locations as well as sister venue the Mariposa Lounge.

For More Information: The Blue Café 17208 Pacific Coach Hwy, Huntington Beach (562) 592-1302


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