Best California Beaches
Welcome to our Best California Beaches page. We are going to mention
just a few of the best beaches of the Golden State.
California is blessed by
more than 800 miles of coast and amazing beaches. Some are rough and great for
sightseeing but not for swimming, but most of them are ideal for all kind of
water activities almost year round.
The beaches of Sonoma are wild and great for surfing
Sonoma Coast State Beaches
These are some of the most natural beaches in the state with the
cleanest waters. It is located between Bodega bay and Jenner, way north of San
That said you may imagine that the beaches are not so great for
swimming because of the cold waters. It is also said that some waves could be treacherous
and catch you by surprise. Never seat with the back to the ocean here.
Best California Beaches
The beaches of Santa Cruz in the Monterey Bay Area
Santa Cruz Beaches
The beaches of Santa Cruz are in the Monterey bay Area. There are about
30 beaches as varied as they can be to please everyone. To get there you can
walk through the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to the main beach. The beach has all
amenities necessary for a great visit, like lifeguards, sun beds, umbrellas and
more. This beach is great for surfing,
swimming, sunbathing and sail boarding. They are recommended as the best California Beaches for families
with small children.
- Cowell Beach Santa Cruz
This beach is located near Bay Avenue on West Cliff Drive in Santa
Cruz. It is great for surfing and playing volleyball. Hint; park for free by
Depot Park up the road
Rodeo Beach at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
- Rodeo Beach
It is located at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area at Marin
Headlands on Highway 101. It is not the ideal beach for swimming, but you will
see crowds of people walking with their dogs. It also has an area for nude
- Point Lobos State Reserve
Located on the Carmel Highlands this beach has strong winds, but the
people keep coming to wander the coastal trails. This reserve has been called "the
crown jewel of the State Park System." During the spring you may watch
adult and baby harbor seals.
Cayucos State Beach, Cayucos
Located at the end of Cayuco’s drive, this town is regarded by
Californians as a one of the best getaways in the state.
It features breathtaking views of the ocean. This place is where the
“Annual Polar Bear Dip” happens annually on New Year’s Day. Would you take a
dip? Not me…
Santa Barbara California features the Best California Beaches
Santa Barbara East Beach
Santa Barbara itself is a lovely city. I have visited several times and
I always enjoy the manicured lawns and gardens and the beautiful homes.
Regarding the beach, I have heard that the waters are not so clean. So you
better check with local authorities before venturing into the waters.
has umbrellas, chairs people playing volleyball and on Sundays, local artists
display their art under the palm trees.
- Rincon Beach, Santa Barbara
This Santa Barbara Beach is located near the Santa Barbara and Ventura
county line. From Highway 101, take the Bates Road turn off south to the park
It is considered one of the best surf spots on the west coast of the
World renowned Malibu Beach in California
- Malibu Beaches
These best California beaches are a tradition for many Californians. The beaches of
Zuma and Surfrider are located near the Malibu Pier. Zuma features all
amenities including restaurants, bars and restrooms. The area is famous for its
sunbathing and strolling on the beach in front of the multimillion dollar homes
of the artists.
- Dockweiler Beach, Los Angeles
It is located at the end of Imperial Highway in Playa del Rey. It is
located on the flight path of nearby LAX. Some people like it. It is known by
its bonfires, barbecues.
- El Matador Beach
It is a great place to watch the beautiful people of Hollywood. Many
bodysurfers and body boarders meet here for the delight of watchers.
For more information visit California Tourism Website
La Jolla Beaches in Southern California
- La Jolla Beaches
These are probably the state’s most beautiful beaches. It is a popular
beach for swimming, kayaking and snorkeling. This is where you’ll find the
orange California State fish, the Garibaldi. There is a nude beach, difficult to
get to it known as Glider Port. In La Jolla area the beaches with most
amenities are Mission Bay and Mission Beach.
- Coronado Beach
Located in San Diego it is popular
with locals, families, and tourists. It is located in Coronado island south of
the Naval Air Station and continues south to the Hotel Del Coronado and
beyond. If you like to relax under an umbrella with a book in hand, this is
your beach. But once you get bored, there are many beach activities going on.
One of them may be migrating whale watching.
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