Alex Funicello on the Greatness of California

For Alex Funicello, growing up in Fresno and later attending medical school there, did not happen by chance. Being a person whose first love was the Golden State meant that making it in California was always going to be a priority for him. The way his life turned out – he met his wife in college too – he obviously has no regrets about these decisions. But what it is that makes California so great? Is it because of Hollywood? Is it the natural sights, the climate or the ocean? To Dr. Funicello, it’s definitely a combination of these factors.

Coastline Wherever You Can See

With its 840 miles of coastline, California has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. As if that were not enough, the Pacific Coast Highway is famous for its mesmerizing beauty, being rated as one of the most exquisite drives in the United States and globally.

Amazing Climate

The weather is truly amazing in California, with the total sunny days ranging in the high 200’s in most cities, including Los Angeles, Bakersfield and Santa Maria.


Despite its undeniable negative aspects, Hollywood is still a magical place. It may not be as magical as it once was, but there are still great movies being made with great actors starring in them. In Hollywood, one can really run into their favorite stars.

As an outdoorsy person who enjoys hiking, Alex Funicello has always loved living in California, and together with his wife, they have discovered many of its hidden beauties over the years.