What do you get when you mix dolphins and a funny French boat captain? One word… Joss.
In Marina del Rey, California, there’s a charming French boat captain you should go meet. He grew up on the southern coast of France, where he was a tuna fisherman for more than sixteen years. He has a passion and zeal for friendship, good food… and the sea. His name is Joss, and he brought all of those things to Los Angeles, where he runs California Dream Tours. His company provides both daytime and sunset boat cruises on the ocean. But what sets him apart from other tours? It’s very simple. From the moment you set foot onto his boat, you feel like you’re hanging out with one of your best friends.
Joss is warm, charismatic, funny, and makes you feel at home instantly. His tours are limited to smaller numbers of people so they feel more intimate. He takes the time to point out lots of interesting landmarks and pieces of trivia, and makes sure that together, you find and enjoy as much wildlife on the ocean as possible. If you’ve never seen dolphins in person, it’s an unforgettable experience.
You can book a tour directly from his website. He goes out all year long. More details are located at the end of this post. Let’s get back to the boat! As you leave the Marina, it’s common to see seals hanging about, posing for you like this:
Once you’ve left the harbor, Joss kicks the boat up a notch or two and off you go. Water, soda or wine in hand, your choice, the views open up before you and it’s the Southern California coastline on one side, and the largest infinity pool on the planet on the other. 🙂 Once you’ve had a few sips of your favorite beverage and have settled in to the ride, you can break out your snacks (Joss welcome people to bring food!) and just… r e l a x.
Being who I am, I took this chance to shoot photos and videos. #AlwaysWorking.
On our first cruise with Joss, we met some people from Senegal, Africa. I haven’t been there, so I asked them about their country and what life was like for them growing up. I always find it humbling when I hear of other peoples’ struggles. Life in America is even more incredible when you hear what other people from other nations have gone through. After that, being on hold with AT&T for twenty minutes doesn’t seem so bad.
On this blog, I try to stress the importance of talking to people when you travel (and in every day life). It’s one of the central themes that runs through all of my work and my own personal life. Talking to people is one of the greatest ways to create memories you didn’t know you wanted. A side effect of those interactions, is that our minds are opened just a little more, our experiences are broadened, and we become better people ourselves.
Sitting on the ocean with a wonderful Frenchman is a good way to spend some time on this planet and commune with some fellow human beings. And when you see some dolphins or other marine life… that’s just icing on a pretty spectacular sea cake.
I considered writing more about Joss and our time on the boat, but then I decided that a video and some photos would tell even better stories in this case. We’ve sailed with Joss a few times now, as we love hanging out with him. Last time we hung out, we shot the video below. There’s more photos at the end, and as usual, all the details you want to know are listed under Moonbird’s Helpful Info. Enjoy! And smooth sailing!
Moonbird’s Helpful Info:
California Dream Tours
Location: Marina del Rey, California
Google Maps: Click here
In the Spring, Summer and Autumn, tours run almost seven days a week. In the winter months, he goes out mostly on the weekends.
Best time to visit: Spring, Summer and Autumn. Winter months are colder on the ocean.
North America’s Seasons are: Spring: March, April and May, Summer: June, July and August, Autumn: September, October and November, and Winter: December, January and February.