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Palm Springs is a popular vacation destination in California. The many cities of the Coachella Valley, including Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, and Indio, each have family-friendly resorts, golf courses, shopping districts and many fine restaurants. Nearby are excellent outdoor opportunities in Joshua Tree National Park and the San Jacinto Mountains (consider taking the tram to the top!). While many visitors to Palm Springs will have access to a large swimming pool, and maybe even a lazy river to float in, sometimes it’s nice to take a day or two and head to the coast for a dip in the saltwater.

The Salton Sea is less than an hour away and it has salty (very salty) water and even sandy some beaches, but there’s nothing like the sounds and smells of the Pacific Ocean. Southern California has some of the finest beaches around so consider booking a SoCal beach hotel and staying on the coast for a night to make the drive worth it.

Because of the inland location and nearby mountain ranges, it is about the same distance to the shores of San Diego and Orange County. The nearest cities by driving time are Newport Beach, Dana Point, Carlsbad and Oceanside. They are all about a two-hour drive from the Palm Springs area (without traffic) depending on where you are staying in the valley. Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, San Clemente, Del Mar, and even La Jolla aren’t that much farther. So pick your destination city and head toward the sea!

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Below are some popular beaches in each of these cities mentioned above. Consider reviewing the beach lists on each city page to find the right beach for you. Some have more solitude and fine beachside restaurants for romance, while others have lifeguards and attractions for families.

Also, don’t forget about the Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs waterpark if it is your kids that demand a water day away from the resort. This park is easy access from just about anywhere in the Coachella Valley, and it’s big enough for a full day of fun for the entire family.

Beaches on this map

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    Newport Municipal Beach

    Newport Municipal Beach is located on both sides of the Newport Beach Pier. The beaches are continuous here and the city beach stretches from Balboa Pier Beach to the south […]

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    Balboa Pier Beach

    The beach at Newport Beach’s Balboa Pier is a popular place with many nice amenities nearby. The pier is open to fishing, however most visitors will just want to walk […]

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    Corona Del Mar State Beach

    Corona Del Mar State Beach is on the east side of the Newport Harbor channel entrance in the Corona Del Mar neighborhood in Newport Beach. This is a state-owned beach […]

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    Salt Creek Beach

    Salt Creek Beach Park is a popular Orange County park located in Dana Point, CA. This wide sandy beach is directly below the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel beach resort, the Ritz […]

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    Tamarack State Beach

    Tamarack Surf Beach, as this part of Carlsbad State Beach is known, is located where Tamarack Avenue crosses Carlsbad Boulevard. At this intersection is the entrance to a large parking […]

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    Robert Frazee State Beach

    Robert C. Frazee State Beach is one of several great beaches within Carlsbad State Beach. There is ramp access to Frazee Beach from the intersection of Pine Avenue and Carlsbad […]

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    Oceanside Pier View North Beach

    Pier View North Beach in Oceanside is a popular sand beach just north of the Oceanside Municipal Fishing Pier. The beach on this side of the pier is a little […]

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    Main Beach in Laguna Beach

    Main Beach is the simple name given to the main centrally-located city beach in Laguna Beach, California. Main Beach is a nice sandy beach in a broad cove that faces […]

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    Crystal Cove State Park – Los Trancos Beach

    Los Trancos Beach in Crystal Cove State Park is at the Historic District area of the park where Los Trancos Creek flows into the Pacific. The creek divides the beach […]

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    Huntington City Beach

    Huntington City Beach is the center of a long stretch of sandy waterfront for the city of Huntington Beach, CA. This huge asset and the fact that surf’s up regularly […]

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    San Clemente Pier City Beach

    San Clemente Pier Beach is the main city beach of San Clemente, California. The beach is a wide sandy spot on both sides of the pier between T-Street Beach and […]

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    Del Mar City Beach

    The Main Beach of Del Mar City Beach starts at Powerhouse Park and goes north all the way to the lagoon entrance at the San Dieguito River. On the other […]

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    La Jolla Shores Beach

    La Jolla Shores Beach is a long, wide, and very popular beach in northern La Jolla. Compared to most of the La Jolla beaches which are tucked into gaps between […]

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    Palm Springs

    Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley are about two hours from many ocean beaches

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