Lake Havasu is definitely off the beaten path, but richly rewards boaters and aqua sports enthusiasts who seek out its pristine waters and yearly 300 days of sunshine. The Colorado River and Lake Havasu define the border between California and Arizona, but most of the development is on the Arizona side – mainly in Lake Havasu City. Cali towns like Needles and Havasu Lake offer limited accommodations and dining, boat ramps, RV parks, and Havasu Landing Resort & Casino that provides frequent ferry rides to and from Lake Havasu City. There are a number of shoreline beaches with picnic areas and restrooms, and boat-in options like the wildly popular Sandbar – a wide expanse of clear, shallow water and soft sand bottom that draws hundreds of boats for a fun party vibe. In addition to almost every water sport imaginable (including flyboarding and jet boat tours), there’s desert off-road tours, hot air ballooning, hiking, biking and golfing. Nightlife is concentrated in Lake Havasu City with everything from dives, pubs, craft brewhouses, martini lounges and dance clubs. Every account of Lake Havasu HAS to mention the “world famous” London Bridge, which was purchased, disassembled and shipped to Arizona in the 1960s by a land developer. The best view of the historic relic is from Shugrue’s restaurant in Lake Havasu City. Right across the lake, the Sail Inn is a California-side dive bar that has served up passable grub and stiff drinks for years.