This is how I like the beach, a bit cloudy, cool, and relatively empty. For a person who's lived in Southern California for the past 18 years, I never have learned to like the sun very much. Too much squinting and sunburn for my tastes.
Today was one of the hottest days of the year a few miles inland, but the beach was covered with clouds, slightly breezy, and chilly. Very nice conditions for a noontime walk down to Flat Rock and back.