Whether you are looking to have fun at a beach where rip currents make powerful waves, or you want to visit a beach where people watching is more fun than swimming, California beaches has it all.
While there are more than 420 public beaches scattered up and down the coast, here are the top beaches you need to visit on your next vacation to the most populous state in the U.S.
El Matador State Beach, Malibu
A couple of minutes drive away from Malibu; this beach ranks high on the list of the most beautiful beaches in California. The rock formations and ocean sunsets make it ideal for photographers who want to capture beautiful shots and for couples who are looking to have a memorable time in a wild and romantic atmosphere.
Rodeo Beach, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Located two miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, this beach is one of the most scenic in the San Francisco area. Its rip currents and underwater reefs aid create powerful waves, making the beach a favorite for surfers. It also offers some amazing views like a panorama of the Golden Gate and the San Francisco Bay which can be seen on several coastal hikes.
Glass Beach, Fort Bragg
For more than a century, this beach used to be a former trash dump site as people in Fort Bragg threw their bottles, headlights, and appliances into the sea. Today, the beach is covered in sea glass which provides stunning views and is a popular tourist destination for hunting colorful glass.
Carmel Beach City Park, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Located right south of Central California’s Monterey Peninsula, this iconic beach has fluffy white sand and a gentle cove. It is a popular spot for weddings as well as families who want to have a picnic or have fun. Dogs are allowed off-leash, making it a great place for pet owners who want to enjoy the moment with their canine companion.
Coronado Municipal Beach
There are many reasons why this beach is considered to be one of the finest in California and America, but the top reasons are its sparkling sand, soft, warm and picturesque oceanfront. Comprising four beaches namely Coronado City Beach, Glorietta Bay Park, Tidelands Park, and Centennial Park, Coronado Municipal Beach is a great place for a romantic evening or a fun-filled family outing.
Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach
Located in Newport Beach, Crystal Cove State Park has a lot of offerings to accommodate aquatic recreation of all sorts: surf breaks, tide pools, swimming areas, and scuba spots. While the water offers a break from the warm weather, swimming during the summer season can be a little dangerous. Thus, lifeguards are on duty to provide assistance when necessary. Ideal for long walks and horseback riding. Visitors who want to spend a night can book a campsite or a bed in one of the cottages.
Santa Monica State Beach and Pier, Santa Monica
This beach boasts more than three miles of golden, well-maintained sand, and is within walking distance from all popular hotels, restaurants, and bars. The beach is great for surfing, swimming, sunbathing, volleyball, biking and every other outdoor fun activity you’ve always wanted to give a try.
Zuma Beach, Malibu
A favorite with families, Zuma Beach, is one of the most popular beaches in Los Angeles County. Generally, the water is not safe for swimming for beginners because of the strong currents, but lifeguards are on duty all year around. Popular fun activities on the beach include kite surfing, surf fishing, diving, volleyball and many more.
Finally, visiting the beaches listed above on your next vacation will leave you with a memorable experience that will last a lifetime.