California's Best Beaches

From San Diego to Mendocino

Explore California's Best Beaches by Region

  • Mendocino County
  • Sonoma County
  • Marin County

  • San Francisco County
  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Cruz County
  • Monterey County
  • San Luis Obispo County

  • Santa Barbara County
  • Ventura County
  • Los Angeles County
  • Orange County
  • San Diego County


a woody and a list of beaches in  California


    For every Featured Beach, find . . .

  • Complete details of beach attractions, facilities, hours, parking, and fees
  • Custom beach maps showing key roads and parking, beach photos
  • Information about beach activities such as surfing, fishing, volleyball, Junior Lifeguards, wildlife, and tide pools
  • Nearby lodging, camping, and local RV parks
  • Beach events and nearby points of interest

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Ocean Safety

California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly."
Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety

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