Sky Diving on a Budget

Let’s face it, Skydiving is not the cheapest activity but you can find deals if you look closely. First off most people interested in skydiving look to do it on the coast leaving plenty of deals available at sky diving locations inland.

My suggestion if you’re an adrenaline junkie on a budget is to explore skydiving locations off the coast and check out websites similar to GroupOn and living Social for deals.

Pro tip: If there is an option to buy video of your skydive trip, buy the video! Chances are you will only skydive once in your life so it is totally worth it!

For cheap skydive deals check out Plus it’s a great detour on your way to/from Las Vegas!

Malibu Paragliding

Malibu Paragliding

This was an interesting experience. When given the address of where to meet to paraglide I was expecting to arrive at a place of business. Instead, I was greeted by a man in a truck that climbed into my car with his parachute and told me to drive up the canyon. Scene made for a murder film, but instead was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had.

I originally got the urge to paraglide after watching an episode of Millionaire Matchmaker (judge me). I seen one of the millionaires take his date out to the beautiful cliffs in Malibu, jump off the cliff and land on the shore. How could I not look into this?

I immediately visited, seemed credible (it is) so I booked my trip. You can either give the instructor your credit card information over the phone or give him cash, I decided it was safer to give him cash upon arrival.

So here is how it worked. My friend Debbie and I met our instructor in Malibu off Pacific Coast Highway. He was in a truck and once we pulled up to his he grabbed his parachute and placed it in my car.

Note: make sure your car is clean enough for a parachute to fit, but not too clean that you wouldn’t want a parachute in your backseat.

So now, the next step is to drive up the cliff with a stranger in my car. He had obviously driven to his launching location numerous time before so I gave him the keys to my car and I sat in the passenger, the sharp turns on a cliff were scary.

We finally reached our destination on the top of the cliffs, now this is where things got tricky.

1. We decided it would be best if Debbie went paragliding before I did (by “we” I mean “I”)

2. Debbie put all of her gear on, the instructor strapped himself to her, and then ran off the cliff.

Debbie Paragliding

3. I drove down the cliff to a designated area where the instructor told me to meet him.

4. I picked up Debbie and the instructor once they landed on the shore.

5. We drove back up the cliff to the same location.

6. I put my gear on, the instructor strapped himself to me, and I ran off the cliff

Paragliding liftoff

7. Debbie drove down to the designated area, we gave the instructor his money, and we left!

There was no paperwork signed, no permits by the city, just 2 girls, 1 parachute and an instructor.

This may have seemed like a scary experience, but I can honestly say I would do it all over again. Paragliding was absolutely amazing, and the views were out of this world. We cruised over the beautiful mountains in Malibu and landed on the shore.

The paraglide itself was about 15-20 minutes, and cost $200. It was worth every penny.

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Malibu Sandstone Peak

Malibu Sandstone Peak

Hands done the BEST view in all of Malibu.

Sandstone peak sandstone peak

This is a 6 mile loop to the highest pint in the Santa Monica Mountains. Head to Circle X Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains, and start up the Backbone trail toward Sandstone Peak. After a third of a mile, turn right, toward Mishe Mokwa Trail. This trail offers beautiful views all the way to the top and runs parallel to Yerba Buena Road.

The Echo Cliffs are a popular spot for mountain climbers, and the hike itself includes some intense inclines filled with large boulders. Be sure to wear shoes with enough grip to ensure that you do not slip and fall (just kidding, not that steep but I really wanted to demonstrate the need for you to wear good quality gear).

To reach Sandstone Peak, continue on the Backbone Trail, which curves southward and then east. The next turnoff is for Inspiration Point, where a short path leads to vast views. This point should “inspire” you to continue to push forward and go all the way up to the top, trust me it’s worth every ounce of sweat.

Echo Mountain Trail

Echo Mountain Trail

Easily one of my favorite hikes in Southern California.

Hike is located in Altadena just north of downtown Pasadena. It is a straight shot off the 210 freeway, exit Lake and go north until you see the trail entrance to your right (can’t miss it).

The hike is difficult for beginner hikers. There it is a steady incline (not too steep) to the top of the mountain with very few shaded areas. Be sure to wear a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses on a hot day.Bikers and dogs are welcomed on this trail, you will see a lot of both.

Once you reach the top of the trail you will discover hotel and railroad remains from the early 1900s. It is absolutely amazing and there are informational plaques throughout the ruins.

top of echo mountain

There is a court yard not too far away where the hotel tennis courts used to be located, this is a great area to sit down and have lunch so be sure to bring some snacks.

Lunch at Echo Mountain

BUT WAIT! There’s more! Of course this mountain wasn’t named, “Echo Mountain” for no good reason…..

Zuma Beach View

Zuma Beach

Zuma Beach is a beautiful, 3 mile long white sand beach located in Malibu, CA.

While visiting this beach be sure to bring your camera because it is filled with picture worthy areas all along the shore.
Trail to Zuma Zuma BeachWalk to Zuma

Arrive early to beat the crowd and to grab the free parking located along the Pacific Coast Highway, if not it will cost $15 to park in their parking area (worth it if you’re spending the day there). Lifeguards are very active on this beach and enforce the no alcohol policy with force, I found this out the hard way ($200 ticket!).

There are no volleyball courts on this beach and no pier. Just the sand, beautiful rocks and the ocean. If you are planning on visiting this beach to surf, arrive before 12 PM.

– Great date idea!
– Take Kanan Dune Road over the mountains from the 101 to avoid traffic on PCH
– Not too wide, so you don’t have to walk too far from your car to your spot on the sand
– Dolphin sightings
– No dogs allowed
– Restrooms located on the beach