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California's Best North Coast Beaches

From the Marin Headlands to the Oregon Border

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Great Play in the Sand and Surf
Family Beaches

All California beaches have dangerous rip-currents and other hazards. Beaches north of the Golden Gate are especially hazardous. Check with rangers or lifeguards before entering the water. Children playing near or in the surf should be supervised at all times.


Camping Beaches

North to South


Scenic Beaches


Best Wildlife Viewing Beaches


Best Fishing Beaches

Popular Diving Beaches

Free diving for red abalone is especially popular along the Sonoma coast.


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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