Which Are the Best Beaches in California?

  • Dec 07 2021
  • By: Martin
California Beach Vacation Rentals

California has more beaches than many other states and countries combined. Beachgoers can pick between vast, developed beaches to undeveloped natural beaches.

California's beaches, surrounded by breathtaking scenery along the rocky Pacific coast, are ideal places to enjoy nature and outdoor recreation while staying in California vacation rentals. Water sports include sea kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, wakeboarding, surfing, and bodyboarding, while beach activities include volleyball, basketball, running, hiking, and, of course, sunbathing.

Along the Golden State's sandy shores, there are many activities to do and beautiful places to visit. Our list of the most incredible beaches in California will help you plan your beach vacation.


Zuma Beach, Malibu

The most incredible beaches in the state can be found in Malibu, California. It is roughly 10 miles north of Santa Monica and features various coastal views.


Pacific Beach, San Diego

Pacific Beach is located just north of downtown San Diego, just after Mission Beach, and is known for its long and wide sandy beach (about five miles). Although there is considerable surf (enough for surf schools to operate on the beach), the waves are generally not too large for everyone to enjoy.


East Beach, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is the archetypal Southern California beach town, with warm weather, waving palm trees, long stretches of sandy coastline, and traditional Spanish Colonial-style buildings. Because of its beauty and glitz, the coastline is called "The American Riviera."


Main Beach, Santa Cruz

Main Beach in Santa Cruz is as nice as it gets in Northern California for a classic summertime beach experience. The beach is well-known for its long stretch of beautiful golden sand and somewhat gentle surf. The beach is bordered by a mile-long wooden boardwalk lined with stores, carnival games, and the state's oldest surviving amusement park.


La Jolla Shores, La Jolla

Nearly 15 miles north of San Diego, La Jolla is an upmarket enclave (think Beverly Hills by the sea) with a tiny downtown area full of appealing stores and fashionable gourmet restaurants.


Capitola Beach, Capitola

Capitola Beach is known for its lovely beachfront village. Colorful buildings and a beautiful Mediterranean scenery reminiscent of fishing harbors on the Italian or French Riviera may be seen in this charming Northern California town. The beach is just a few feet away from the downtown area. Cafés, restaurants, and shops are all conveniently located for visitors.

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