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Above is an interactive map of the beaches in California. City, county, and state beaches are all included. Just zoom in to the place you want to visit and every beach is plotted on the map. Below are custom maps of popular places and activities along the California Coast.

 

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    Best Beaches near Santa Rosa

    Santa Rosa at about 175,000 residents is the largest city near the coast north of San Francisco. The wide valley that Santa Rosa occupies includes a number of towns that […]

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    Mount Tam State Park – Beaches, Peaks, More

    Mount Tamalpais, a.k.a. Mount Tam, is known as the birthplace of mountain biking. It put Marin County on the mountain bike map back in the late 1960s and 1970s. This large […]

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    California Theme Parks Map

    California has more theme parks and amusement parks than any other state in the union. If you are traveling in Southern California or in the San Francisco Bay Area, chances […]

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    The Top Resorts Of San Diego’s Mission Bay

    San Diego’s Mission Bay is a beautiful saltwater lagoon located south of the Pacific Beach community. It’s home to both SeaWorld and Mission Bay Park, which is the largest man-made […]

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    San Clemente Beach Coastal Trail

    The San Clemente Beach Coastal Trail is a 2.3 mile long trail with access to the uninterrupted sandy shoreline of San Clemente in Orange County. This wide dirt path is […]

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    Beaches Near Oakland

    Oakland and the East Bay area has a handful of shoreline parks with beaches and water access. These urban parks that stretch from Richmond to Alameda are modest at best […]

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    Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla

    Ellen Browning Scripps Park is a popular waterfront park in the village of La Jolla. It is considered to be the most photographed place in San Diego. With three incredible […]

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    Salt Point State Park

    Salt Point State Park is a wonderful place to visit while driving the scenic Sonoma Coast Highway. It has four access points to a rugged yet picturesque rocky shoreline. Tide […]

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    Tomales Bay Kayaking and Camping Beaches

    One of the best ways to see the Point Reyes Peninsula is to camp on it. Unfortunately, there are no campgrounds in the national seashore that you can drive right […]

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    Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

    Itching for a remote scenic experience along the California Coast? Sinkyone Wilderness State Park might be the best way to scratch this itch. This state park is one of the […]

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    La Jolla Tide Pools

    San Diego is known for its long sandy beaches. The La Jolla district is one of the city’s exceptions as it has a rugged irregular shoreline dotted with small coves […]

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    Patrick’s Point State Park

    Patrick’s Point State Park in Humboldt County has everything you’ll need for a fun experience along the Northern California Coastline. Trails, campgrounds, an historic Native American village, viewpoints, tidepools, and […]

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    Beach Camping Southern California

    Only a small percentage of visitors to Southern California insist on camping instead of booking rooms at the many resorts and hotels near the ocean. Those who prefer camping and […]

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    Pacific Palisades Beach List

    The Pacific Palisades district of Los Angeles is surrounded by excellent beaches. This part of LA has just a narrow strip of sand to call its own, but it is […]

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    La Jolla Coast Walk Trail

    The best way to see the beaches of La Jolla is to walk the shoreline near the village of La Jolla. Part of this shoreline walk is officially called the […]

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    Laguna Beach Tide Pools

    The city of Laguna Beach has many coves and beaches packed into its nine mile long shoreline. Unlike some of the other Southern California coastal cities which have continuous sandy […]

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    Leucadia State Beach in Encinitas

    Leucadia State Beach might be the least touristy of all the state beaches. The other way to look at it is that this state beach is the most local. Leucadia […]

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    Beaches near Palm Springs California

    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 […]

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    Shark Attack Locations in California 2000-Present

    Everyone has heard about shark attacks on the California coast over the years, but where do they happen the most? We decided to map all of the California shark attacks starting in the […]

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    The Missions of California

    California has 21 historic Spanish missions from San Diego to Sonoma in the northern San Francisco Bay Area. Most were built during the late 1700’s, with the two northernmost being […]

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    Palos Verdes Surf Spots

    The Palos Verdes Peninsula isn’t known for it’s surfing outside of the local circles and there is a reason for that. It’s called “localism” and this area is has a […]

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    Beaches near LAX Airport

    Millions of personal and business travelers fly through the Los Angeles International Airport each year and many have time to stop at the beach before or after their flights. LAX […]

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    The Best La Jolla Beaches

    There are 24 different beaches and coastal access points in the San Diego community of La Jolla. With so many beaches and such diversity, it can be hard to figure […]

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    Best Beachfront Dining in Santa Barbara

    With a beautiful coastline, an abundance of local farms and the influence of the wine country, Santa Barbara may be one of the best places in California for beachfront dining. […]

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    Map of California’s Best Beach Hotels & Resorts

    This is the companion map to our “Best Beach Resorts of California” list. Also check out our best beach hotels of Northern, Central & Southern California.

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    Channel Islands National Park

    Channel Islands National Park protects five rugged windswept islands off the central coast of California. Why should you want to visit these remote undeveloped islands? Well, if you have a […]

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    Best Hidden Beaches of California

    California has a unique rugged and irregular coastline that hides coves and even long stretches of sand from passers-by. These are the hidden beaches of California. We have traveled up […]

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    Nude Beaches of Marin County

    Marin County has a few different nude beach options for those who want to ditch the clothes and avoid tan lines. Some, including South Rodeo Beach and Black Sands are located […]

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    Fort Ross State Historic Park

    Fort Ross is a historic stop along Highway 1 on the Sonoma Coast. It has several buildings and a windmill surrounded by fort walls that are leftover from it’s Russian […]

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    Shell Beach Area of Pismo Beach

    Friends who visit the Central California Coast will tell you about their trip to Shell Beach, but when you look for it on a map, it might be hard to […]

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