I'm from the East coast but lived out west (Nevada) for 4 years. Sunset state beach is where I first touched the pacific ocean. I've been back several times because it holds such a special place in my heart. Early mornings you can walk the beach and find endless fully intact sand dollars. One time when I was there we had to stand on our picnic table with a skunk circling around us for 30 minutes. Also, I had my jeep top down and raccoons got in it over night ( our fault). Sounds like a con but honestly that's one of the funniest things that has ever happened to me. Just use you bear boxes!