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8 Summer Getaways Along the California Central Coast

in Around California/Fun

TRAVEL & RECREATION — When you envision a California getaway, you may picture scenic shorelines, crashing waves and sun-kissed skies. You can find all of that and more if you make your way to California’s Central Coast.

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5 Central Coast attractions make Best of USA travel list

in Around California

Travel Lemming's released their list of best places to travel in the USA this summer, and five of those places are Central California attractions.

Out 150 best things to do in the U.S. this summer, five attractions were named along the Central Coast.

• #9 - San Simeon
• #31 - Pacific Coast Highway
• #79 - Big Sur
• #111 - Flying Flags RV Resort
• #133 - Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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How California’s last remaining nuclear power plant transformed marine life off the coast

in Environment

Take a dip into the Pacific Ocean along most of California’s Central Coast, and the cold water will send you running for a wetsuit.

But there’s one spot where the water isn’t so teeth-chattering and insteadfeels much like a lukewarm bath: Diablo Cove, the oblong 40-acre inlet that sits at the base of PG&E’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near Avila Beach.

There, the ocean waters are heated by the power plant’s cooling system, which sucks in and spits out billions of gallons of seawater every day.

Water in the cove directly adjacent to the discharge structure hovers at an abnormal 70 to 80 degrees — notably warmer than the 50 to 60 degrees typical here.

That has created a unique phenomenon in Diablo Cove, significantly altering the makeup of its marine ecosystem and turning the area into a case study of how cold-water ocean species are impacted by warmer waters.

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