Best Weekend Getaway (and some outdoor fun) for Southern Californian Families During COVID

It’s hot in Southern California right now. I would say a bit warmer than we’re used to. Working from home is getting old and the kids are getting bored! We needed a change of scenery. So we decided to take a trip to Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

According to Go RVing Park Model RVs (sometimes referred to Cabins or Cottages) are unique units that provide temporary accommodations for recreation, camping or seasonal use. Park Model RVs are designed to look like a home, but they need to be hooked up to site electricity, sewer and water like any RV. They may have a front porch, a sleeping loft and are a great way to experience camping if you’re not ready to purchase an RV or all the gear that goes with tent camping. 

Packing up the car for a 1and 1/2 road trip is the best. The drive was easy and we were excited to get away from the day to day doldrums. We had never been to the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort before and we were impressed! The cottage we stayed in was adorable and right on the beach.

It’s a tiny place but works because:

  1. There’s one small room. Good for the parents. 
  2. A sofa bed.
  3. There’s a short loft that you can sleep 4 little with sleeping bags.
  4. Kitchen (with moderate equipment) – some pots and pans… but not a whole lot.  If there’s something special you’d like to make bring what you may need. Don’t worry too much if you forget something.  Right on the property is a little well-stocked market. 
  5. Big table outside. With a fantastic view.

The place was also super clean and very cute! Decorated in an adorable beachy theme. We loved it.


Another reason I’d call this one of the best weekend getaways is that there is so much to do! Especially if you have kids.

  1. The beach is right there!
  2. There’s also an inflatable obstacle course.
  3. Watersports Rentals (SUPs, kayaks, peddle boats, and even an 18-foot electric Duffy boat)
  4. Pool (but don’t forget to make your reservation during COVID)
  5. Beach Cabanas
  6. Pirates Playground (for the kiddos)
  7.  Family Friendly Movie night on the beach! Loved this socially distancing way of being out and enjoying a movie. We ordered food from Moe B’s and enjoyed Shrek on the big screen outside. 
  8. Moe B’s – Food that you don’t have to cook.  Light bites and gourmet sandwiches.  You might even like to enjoy an adult beverage!

Beach and Movie Screen

I have to say I also enjoyed just having dinner and playing games on the big table outside. Or reading or working on the porch. I guess what I’m trying to say is, yes there’s plenty to do while here and sometimes it’s nice not to do much. It’s all good!







Renee is a New York-born travel enthusiast with a passion for yoga and a West Coast spirit. As a travel writer specializing in the West Coast and beyond, Renee loves to explore new destinations and share her experiences with others. She has traveled extensively, gaining a wealth of knowledge about the best places to go, things to do, and where to stay. Renee's writing style is immersive, taking her readers on a journey to the places she visits. Although she doesn't consider herself a professional photographer, Renee is passionate about capturing the beauty of the world around her and loves to include her photos in her travel writing. With her New York attitude and West Coast soul, Renee is a force to be reckoned with in the world of travel writing.