Are you ready to hang ten?
Perhaps snorkeling is more your pleasure, donning a mask and observing the wonders just below the surface.
Maybe you’re into paddle boarding, or watching your children ride the waves on a body board.
Of course, you may simply wish to relax and recline under an umbrella with your new novel and a glass of wine. Possibilities abound in the Golden State, where you’ll find some of the world’s best beaches.
And here we discover more about the best of the best. So pack your suntan lotion, put on your flip-flops, and let’s go!
PFEIFFER BEACH (Big Sur)
Get your camera ready. When you visit Pfeiffer Beach, you’ll be in for some stunning scenery; from the famous “Keyhole Arch,” to the big waves crashing on the rocks, the magnificent sunsets, and the purple sand. Some have called Pfeiffer Beach the most beautiful spot on the planet. But pay attention when driving: it’s easy to miss.
MOONSTONE BEACH (Cambria)After strolling along the one-mile long boardwalk, you can sit on one of many wooden benches and catch whales, dolphins, sea otters and birds at play. Look closely while beach combing to find the colorful, shiny moonstones which gave this beach its name.
SANTA MONICA BEACH (Santa Monica)
If there’s a “can’t miss” beach in California, this is it. And you won’t be alone. Locals throng to this beach known for its roller coaster and Ferris wheel, fishing pier, and seemingly endless sunny days which keep swimmers in the waters well into the fall.
CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK (Laguna Beach)
2400 acres of woodlands frame three beautiful miles of beach which feature tidepools and sandy coves. Popular with swimmers, this beach also offers an underwater park, a big hit for scuba divers.
CORONADO BEACH (San Diego)Careful. If you take your family here, they may never leave. Coronado Beach is accessed either by a ferry ride or by the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge to Coronado Island. The white sand sparkles as the gentle surf wash ashore. You’ll also see the beautiful landmark Hotel del Coronado.
EAST BEACH (Santa Barbara)
Grab your snacks from nearby Stern’s Wharf, and walk past the palm trees which border the beach to this usually uncrowded gem. Perfect for swimming or kayaking or take a long walk and enjoy the morning solitude while sipping your coffee.
MANHATTAN BEACH (Manhattan Beach) Often called “The Sexiest Beach In The World,” this two-mile long stretch of beautiful sand beckons both sunbathers and those wishing to play some volleyball. Adding to the view are the multi-million dollar beachfront homes.
CAPITOLA BEACH (Santa Cruz)
Who knows? This just may be where Jimmy Buffet wrote “Margaritaville.” A trip to Capitola Beach is a step into yesteryear, with its pastel surf shops, cafes, and boutiques. The village, with its white picket fences, features a deck which sprawls into the swimmer-friendly waters, always a hit with Bay area locals.
HERMOSA BEACH (Los Angeles)Hermosa Beach may have it all. In addition to the beautiful sand, Hermosa features The Strand, a paved, multi-use trail for walkers, runners, bikers, and hikers. You can even rent strollers and in-line skates nearby. Or just walk out on the pier which stretches across the Pacific waters.
HUNTINGTON BEACH (Huntington Beach)
Here it is. Surf City USA! Home of the International Surfing Museum and the U.S. Surfing Open, Huntington Beach is also a hit with families, with its many hotels, restaurants and a myriad selection of things to do from beach sports to horseback riding.
No matter what you’re looking for on a beach, California has it all. Come and experience as much – or as little – as your heart desires.