Visit USA - America's Best Travel Guide

Beaches

  • Location: Sonoma County, California

    HEALDSBURG MEMORIAL BEACH: Located on the Russian River, this beach has full picnic facilities, ...
  • TWIN LAKES STATE BEACH: This beach has a mile of sandy shoreline and is popular for swimming and picnicking. The park's adjoining Schwann Lake is a good location...
  • SEACLIFF STATE BEACH: This long stretch of sand and varied bluffs is a wonderful place for picnicking, fishing, looking at marine life, bird watching, swimming a...
  • PANTHER BEACH: Just a little about 10 miles north of Santa Cruz, Panther Beach is a local secret and is a spectacular place to enjoy a picnic lunch, or the beaut...
  • Palm State Beach: This is a very popular day use beach located in Southern Santa Cruz County. The beach is wide spread and perfect for long walks or a picnic or ...
  • NEW BRIGHTON STATE BEACH: New Brighton State Beach, a 93-acre park features picnic areas, swimming, fishing and a nearby forest of Monterey pine and Coastal Live ...
  • FOUR-MILE BEACH: This stretch of beach (Actually called “Wilder Ranch State Park,” now) off Hwy 1 is solely a “surfers” beach, with a few...
  • NATURAL BRIDGES STATE BEACH: This beach is world-renowned for monarch butterflies yearly migration. During the peak season, from October 15th to February 1st, it...
  • LIGHTHOUSE FIELDS STATE BEACH: Also known as Point Santa Cruz, this area forms the northern boundary of Monterey Bay. It is one of the last open headlands in any...
  • DAVENPORT LANDING BEACH: Davenport was once a thriving whaling town, is now strictly a day-use beach, it is generally less crowded than many of the north-coast be...
  • CAPITOLA CITY BEACH AND WHARF: Reported to be the oldest seaside resort on the Pacific Coast, Capitola Village is a popular tourist target, with its quaint shops...
  • General Description of Beach:

    Surf Beach is several miles long of wide sandy beach with thundering surf conditions all year around. Situated right...
  • Location: San Simeon, California

    SAN SIMEON: This is one of the oldest divisions of the California State Park System. This is a ...
  • Location: San Luis Obispo, California

    SAN LUIS OBISPO: Is filled with amazingly beautiful spots along California’s Central...
  • General Description of Beach:

    Pismo Beach, California was founded in 1891 and incorporated in 1946. Home to one of California's longest and widest...
  • Ocean Beach County Park, 5 miles west of Lompoc (Pronounced LOM-POKE, never Lom-pock!), about 40 miles north of Santa Barbara on the coast of California.

  • Location: Morro Bay, California

    MORRO BAY, CALIFORNIA: is located on the Pacific Coast of California about half way between San ...
  • Location: Cayucos, California

    CAYUCOS BEACH: Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco sits the little beach town of Cayucos...
  • Location: Cambria, California

    CAMBRIA: Is an incredible little oasis north of San Luis Obispo, south of the famous Hearst Castle...
  • Pigeon Point in California is a State Historic Park that is opened year round for viewing. Along with the lighthouse, there is a pullout area with a beach and incredible view at ...
  • The incredibly scenic Pescadero Beach has a mile-long shoreline loaded with sandy coves, rocky cliffs and many tide pools. It is a great place for Northern California fishing and...
  • Pacifica is a quaint beach town just a 20 minute drive from San Francisco, California, and given its proximity, there is a lot of government open space to the East and the amazin...
  • Located in San Mateo County, California between Half Moon Bay and Pacifica, off Highway 1 is Moss Beach. It is most famous for the resident ghost house and the Moss Beach Distill...
  • This is the home of the San Francisco Giants. Located on the south side of the bay in San Francisco, this spot is loaded with geographic beauty and many activities to enjoy. From...
  • Take the scenic drive from Children’s Pool in downtown to reach the rocky Windansea beach. Along the drive to Windansea, you can check out some ritzy La Jolla real estate. ...
  • Torrey Pines State Beach is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, off Highway 101. The beautiful, native Torrey Pine trees, miles of pristine beaches, and a scenic lagoon, locate...
  • Sunset Cliffs beach is actually located off of the street Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, south of Ocean Beach. The beach which stretches along the Pacific Ocean and is adjacent to Poin...
  • Pacific beach is located off I-5 and Garnet Ave. The beach area south of Crystal Pier is known as Pacific beach. It is a two-mile stretch of sandy beach packed with people, fun w...
  • Half Moon Bay in California is actually a community that encompasses a number of beaches. Some of the better known beaches are:

    Dunes Beach
    Francis Beach
    ...
  • Ocean Beach, commonly referred to as “OB”, sits north of Mission Beach. Take the 8 freeway to Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and go west onto the main street, Newport Avenue...
  • Mission Beach is located south of Pacific Beach, off of Mission Boulevard. It is a popular place to hang out, especially for the nightlife. The boardwalk of Mission beach is alig...
  • This palm tree lined beach is the perfect place to come and sit with a book. You can lounge on the grass, the sand or on one of several park benches that line the boardwalk. La J...
  • Imperial Beach sits between the Silver Strand and Mexico, about 5 miles from the Mexican border. Take I-5 south from San Diego and exit west on Palm Avenue, and follow Palm to th...
  • Directly across the bay from downtown San Diego lies the quaint village-like town of Coronado. You can take I-5 to the Coronado exit and cross the 11,288-foot-long bridge across...
  • One of the coolest spots in La Jolla sits south of the La Jolla Cove on Coast Boulevard. The Children's Pool, also known as the Casa (house), is a small beach partially protected...
  • An out of the way local treasure, but worth the effort is the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma. Take I-5, exit Rosencrans and follow route 209 up a windy and scenic road ...
  • If you are interested in a secluded and off the beaten track location, Victoria beach is for you. South of Laguna’s Main Beach and tucked away in a ritzy residential area l...
  • What's special about Sunset Beach iTitles its small town charm. It is a tiny treasure tucked in between the crazy Huntington Beach crowds to the south and the hectic city of Long...
  • The city of Seal Beach is located about 28 miles east of Los Angeles and is considered the gateway to Orange County. A shady, tree-lined Main street leads you to the central part...
  • San Onofre is the last stop in Orange County before you enter San Diego County and your last chance to surf the famous OC waves. San Onofre is definitely a surfing beach, with co...
  • San Elijo State Beach is located one mile south of Cardiff on Highway 101. It offers a lightly sloping sandy beach, with plenty of room for any size group. There are several picn...
  • People come to Swamis to surf. This is one of San Diego County’s hot spots for surfing and a great place to come and see good surfers do their thing. Swami’s park sit...
  • Moonlight beach is Encinitas’s city beach. It is located off of Highway 101 and Encinitas Blvd. This beach has it all but in a limited supply. There are picnic tables, fire...
  • Newport Beach is located on the Balboa peninsula. The peninsula is accessible from the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or you can take the more adventurous route by cutting across Ba...
  • This is the Laguna Beach hot spot. The Main Beach is non-stop entertainment. The beach is located right off the coast highway and across the street from various restaurants and s...
  • Heisler Park is one of Laguna Beach’s beautifully landscaped recreational areas. It is located north of the Main Beach and offers many stunning vista points and rest areas....
  • Located north of the pier and south of Camp Penalton is Oceanside’s Harbor beach. It is the cities largest beach and provides a multitude of activities including; surfing, ...
  • Doheny State Beach is Dana Point’s main beach and is located south of the harbor. The long stretch of sandy beach is aligned with several volleyball nets, 170 picnic tables...
  • Crystal Cove State Park consists of 2,800 acres of beautiful canyons, over 3 miles of Pacific coastline, cascading bluffs and an abundance of nature and amazing coastal scenery. T...
  • Crescent Bay Point Park is located in North Laguna off the bluffs of Cliff Drive. It is a beautifully landscaped vista point with an amazing view of Crescent Bay Beach to the left...
  • This family beach is convenient for big groups and parties. The popular, large sandy shores can be accessed off of Ocean Blvd. and Goldenrod Ave. There is a paid parking lot at t...
  • Carlsbad is a small little beach town south of Oceanside. The center of Carlsbad is commonly known as “The Village” because of the main street, Carlsbad Village Drive...
  • Palm trees line this rocky beach right off the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) about two miles south of Doheny State Beach in Orange County. Capistrano is a family friendly beach with...
  • Huntington is known as “Surf City USA”. Along with the famous Huntington Beach pier, Bolsa Chica is one of the cities hottest surf spots. During the winter the surf c...
  • ZMUDOWSKI STATE BEACH: This is a long, sandy beach that spans across 177 acres and is backed by sand dunes and in the distance, large agricultural fields. The n...
  • SALINAS RIVER STATE BEACH: This is a wonderful place for observing birds of all sorts. It is a habitat to many species of wild birds, including Western meadowlar...
  • POINT LOBOS STATE RESERVE: A reservoir of incredible beauty, Point Lobos remains untouchable in its variance of natural resource, marine and bird wild life and e...
  • PEBBLE BEACH RESORTS: The Pebble Beach Company, which has been in existence since the early 1900’s comprises three full resorts, four golf courses and has ...
  • PARTINGTON COVE AND CANYON: This area in Big Sur is a hiker’s paradise. Partington holds two diverse water habitats. An oasis of extraordinary beauty, guar...
  • MOSS LANDING STATE BEACH: Moss Landing State Beach is a seaside community located north of Seaside on Highway 1 and a two-hour drive south of San Francisco. To t...
  • MARINA DUNES STATE BEACH: This beach is a wonderful place to hang glide, as it has full hang gliding facilities and a hang gliding shop operated in the Parks par...
  • LOVERS POINT: Located at the end of 17th Street in Pacific Grove, California, and along the Recreation Trail just 2 blocks from town. It is a pristinely landscap...
  • LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST: Encompassing nearly two million acres, stretching across almost 220 miles from the Big Sur Coast in Monterey County, to the western e...
  • KIRK CREEK CAMPGROUND: Located on an open bluff, 100 feet above sea level, this campground is open all year, located on an open bluff 100 feet above the ocean, ju...
  • JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS STATE PARK: An oasis of incredible beauty, this state park is considered one of the most outstanding cliff/beach camping sites anywhere in C...
  • GARRAPATA STATE PARK: This Park is another example of the amazing scenic vista and wildlife habitat so readily found in Central California’s “Big Sur.” If you are lo...
  • CARMEL RIVER STATE BEACH: Located on the central California coast is one of the finest beaches in the state (literally--the glistening white sand is almost powde...
  • About 8 blocks from the quaint, gingerbread house, cottage filled town of Carmel by the Sea, is “Carmel City Beach,” or better known to the locals as “Ocean Str...
  • ASILOMAR STATE BEACH: Located in the Monterey Peninsula on the central coast of California, in the city of Pacific Grove. The word “Asilomar” literall...
  • ANDREW MOLERA STATE PARK: Molera is a wide-open, wind-swept picture where the Big Sur River runs natural out to the sea. A very undeveloped park that is excellen...
  • LOCATION: Mendocino County, California

    WESTPORT-UNION LANDING STATE BEACH: Westport Union-Landing State Beach covers over 3 miles...
  • Location: Mendocino Coast, California

    VAN DAMME STATE PARK: Is a lovely park located off of Highway 1, approximately 3 miles sout...
  • LOCATION: Mendocino County Coast, California

    Schooner Gulch Beach: A wonderful beach spot along the Mendocino Coast, about 50 mi...
  • LOCATION: Fort Bragg, California

    NOYO HARBOR & BEACH: One of the west coast's most scenic harbors, Noyo Harbor is tucked int...
  • Location: Mendocino County, California

    NEEDLE ROCK BEACH: This is primarily a part of a California hiking trail that is incredib...
  • Location: Mendocino County, California

    MENDOCINIO HEADLANDS STATE PARK BEACH: This grass-covered headlands Park and beach is clo...
  • Location: Mendocino County, California

    MANCHESTER STATE BEACH: A wonderful park with rolling sand dunes, flat grasslands and abo...
  • LOCATION: Mendocino County, California

    MACKERRICHER STATE PARK: The Park is three miles north of Fort Bragg on Highway 1, near t...
  • Location: Mendocino County, California

    BEACH: Jug Handle consists of a strip of land approximately one mile wide that encloses a set...
  • LOCATION: Mendocino County Coast, California

    FISH ROCK BEACH: More popularly known as "Anchor Bay Beach," this is a sea...
  • Location: Mendocino County, California

    CHADBOURNE BEACH: (Also known as Blues Beach) is an exposed beach break with consistent surf,...
  • Location: Northern California

    STINSON BEACH: Stinson Beach is located on Highway One, just north of San Francisco, California. T...
  • Location: Marin Headlands, CA

    RODEO BEACH TRAILHEAD: A 4.3 mile loop on slopes above Rodeo Lagoon. There is plenty of parking in...
  • Location: Marin County, California

    MUIR BEACH: Located north of San Francisco on Highway 101, Muir Beach is located in Marin Coun...
  • LOCATION: Marin County, California

    LIMANTOUR BEACH: This spacious beach is a wonderful spread to relax, take long walks, or simpl...
  • Location: Tomales Bay/Marin County, California

    LAWSON’S LANDING: Located about an hour and a half north of the Golden Gate ...
  • LOCATION: Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

    KEHOE BEACH: A wonderful, scenic, easy hiking spot in Point Rey...
  • Zuma Beach is about 20 miles west of Malibu on the Pacific Coast Highway. The mile-long stretch of sand at the northern end of Santa Monica Bay is an excellent place to go with t...
  • Point Mugu State Park is located about 15 miles south of Oxnard, California off of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). This is a great beach to have an ocean front picnic or party. ...
  • Officially named Tourmaline Surfing Park, this beach is located at the base of Tourmaline Street just south of La Jolla in the city of Pacific Beach. Tourmaline sits north of the...
  • STEAMER LANE: The point where talented surfers shoot the curl, look for that perfect wave and is a legendary surf spot located in front of Lighthouse Point. Stea...
  • Alamitos Bay is located in Long Beach, California. It is a decent size marina which is lined with beautiful, multi-million dollar properties and home to boats of many different s...
  • Venice Beach is California’s wackiest beach town. The beach is the center of city, or at least for entertainment purposes. Venice, which shares the same name as the Italian...
  • Will Rogers State Beach is located off of Temescal Canyon Road and the Pacific Coast Highway. The beach extends about 2 miles, with Santa Monica Beach to the south and Malibu Bea...
  • MONTEREY STATE BEACH: This is a great beach for fishing, tide pool watchers, surfing, kayaking, kite flying, scuba diving, walking or just sharing a picnic lunc...
  • Manhattan Beach is located in Los Angeles County, south of the Los Angeles International Airport and north of Redondo Beach. Like many California beaches, the Manhattan Beach pie...
  • Point Dume County Beach is located north of Santa Monica Beach and south of Zuma County Beach. The Point Dume Malibu area is off the Pacific Coast Highway and Westward Beach Road...
  • Nicholas Canyon County Beach is located of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), a couple of miles north of El Pescador State Beach. The beach’s sign is not posted from the PCH,...
  • Hermosa Beach sits in between Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach off of Hermosa Avenue. Turn west onto Pier Avenue to get to the main part of the beach. Pier Avenue is the center ...
  • Santa Monica Beach is located off the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). The beach is bordered with Venice to the South and Malibu to the North. Santa Monica Beach is mostly known for...
  • SUNSET STATE BEACH: On the outskirts of Santa Cruz, about 16 miles south of Santa Cruz, is this state beach and park facility. The beach features pine trees, mou...
  • Escondido in Spanish means “hidden” and that explains this beach well. If you blink as you drive by you will miss Escondido beach. The beach is located off the Pacifi...
  • Malaga Cove is located off of Palos Verdes Drive West in Torrance, California. The Cove sits just south of Torrance Beach on Via Arroyo. Although somewhat hidden in the middle of...
  • Long Beach City Beach is located off of Ocean Blvd, just north of Alamitos Bay. The city of Long Beach is a mix of fast paced commuters in business suits and laid back beach goer...
  • Leo Carrillo State Beach was named after a star of Broadway and television. He served 14 years on the State Beaches and Parks Commission and was instrumental in the states acquis...
  • La Piedra State Beach is a short distance from Zuma Beach, located of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). La Piedra in Spanish means the rock and this beach’s rocky coastline ...
  • Topanga beach is in the city of Malibu at the base of Malibu Hills. The beach is located between Santa Monica Beach and Malibu State Beach, off the Pacific Coast Highway just pas...
  • Malibu Lagoon State Beach is located off the Pacific Coast Highway, about 15 miles north of Santa Monica Beach. The entrance to the main attraction, Surfrider beach (the local su...
  • Dockweiler Beach is located at the edge of LA international airport off of Vista del Mar Boulevard and Imperial Avenue. The beach is unique in that it is literally directly behin...
  • The diversity of the west California coast is amazing. Ten miles south of El Matador State Beach the coast is crowded with packed summer crowds, the sand is lined with volleyball...
  • El Pescador State Beach is known as one of the “pocket” beaches of LA County. It is located off the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and neighbors La Piedra State Beach to...
  • Not to be confused with Newport Municipal Beach, Balboa beach sits south of the Balboa peninsula in Newport. The beach faces the Pacific Ocean, and is just a few blocks from the ...
  • Just south of Laguna Beach lies Aliso Creek County Beach, a quaint family beach. Close parking, plenty of picnic tables and park benches make this place an easy day out at the bea...
  • Beacons beach is located off of Highway 101, on Leucadia Blvd and Neptune Ave. It’s not visible from the main highway, but tucked into a quaint little residential neighborh...
  • STILLWATER COVE: This is located in beautiful Sonoma County, 16 miles north of Jenner, California. A wonderful spot for abalone diving, it offers full boat acces...
  • Torrance Beach is located south of Redondo Beach off of Paseo de la Playa. The beach is protected by a beautifully landscaped hillside to the north/east and the Palos Verdes hills...
  • LAGUNA CREEK BEACH: Laguna Creek Beach has wonderful dunes and is a great beach for bird watching, surfing or enjoying a nice picnic or a simple walk. Nude bathi...
  • Location: Mendocino County, California

    RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK: Named after the intensely forested Russian Gulch Creek Canyon w...
  • Shaw’s Cove is tucked away amidst a quaint residential community. It is located south of Crescent Bay, with free parking along the street and metered parking along the paci...
  • MACABEE BEACH: Probably the Monterey Peninsula’s tiniest beach, located in the middle of Cannery Row. A perfect spot for Kayakers to launch off from and a k...
  • PFEIFFER BEACH: A lovely, scenic beach open all year round just ¼ mile from the Big Sur Ranger Station, right smack dab in the center of Big Sur, about 25...
  • Redondo Beach is located off Esplanade Avenue, in between Hermosa beach and Torrance Beach in LA county. The city beach is situated south of the Redondo Beach Pier and encompasses...
  • RIO DEL MAR BEACH: This beach is known for its wide, long strip of clean sand and is a favorite place for dog lovers to walk their dogs on leashes. This area has ...
  • Not far from downtown La Jolla lies the sheltered and scenic La Jolla Cove. The beach is located off the La Jolla Coast Boulevard. One of the most photographed beaches in San Dieg...
  • Location: Avila, California

    AVILA BEACH: Not far from San Luis Obispo and off Highway 101 is Avila Beach -- where beach lovers as...
  • Located south of Capistrano beach off the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Calafia Ave, is San Clemente State Beach. This is a one of a kind beach built on rugged sandstone cliffs ...