Beaches in California
San Diego County
The San Diego County coastline starts at the border with Mexico and runs north to Orange County. In between are over 100 named beaches with a lot of diversity.
Orange County is sandwiched between the large urban metropolises of San Diego and LA. The OC coastal cities are smaller in size, but they compete in the quantity and quality of their beaches.
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County is home to about ten million people and on sunny days it seems like most are at the beach. Luckily there are many amazing beaches from Long Beach to Malibu to choose from.
Catalina Island is a short ferry ride away from ports in Long Beach, Dana Point, and Los Angeles. Catalina's public beaches are yours to discover.
Ventura County marks the southern end of the Central California Coast. Between ritzy Malibu and Montecito you'll find many uncrowded stunning beaches.
Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara County has a long south-facing stretch of the Central California coastline with a Mediterranean feel. It’s no wonder that Santa Barbara is known as The American Riviera.
San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo County is located along the Central California coast about mid-way between LA and the Bay Area. The SLO coastline is a long one with small cities spaced out just right.
Monterey County has a diverse coastline that includes rugged beaches in the remote region of Big Sur and sandy beaches near the urban areas of Carmel and Monterey.
Santa Cruz County
The Santa Cruz County coastline is south of San Mateo County on the San Francisco Peninsula and just a short drive from San Jose and the southern San Francisco Bay Area.
San Mateo County
San Mateo County takes up most of the San Francisco Peninsula south of San Francisco. San Mateo is known for its great beaches along the Pacific Coast from Pescadero to Half Moon Bay to Daly City.
San Francisco County
San Francisco County and San Francisco City are just different names for the same place. They both have the same boundaries and the same beaches.
Marin County is just across the Golden Gate Bridge north of San Francisco. Marin has beaches on San Francisco Bay, Tomales Bay, and on Point Reyes National Seashore.
The Sonoma County coast has a lot of great beaches but few cities. Drive Highway 1 from Bodega Bay to Jenner to Sea Ranch and you'll pass by many stunning coves and beaches.
Mendocino County has a large chunk of Northern California coastal real estate. Driving twisty Highway 1 through this county provides over 100 miles of scenic driving pleasure.
The Humboldt County coast is chock full of wild and remote beaches that beg for exploration.
Del Norte County
Del Norte County is the northernmost coastal county in California and has more wild remote beaches than urban beaches.
Find your perfect beach in California. We have all the coastal beaches in California organized by city and county. Pick from the most popular beaches or discover a hidden gem beach where you can explore without the crowds. Read about the activities each beach is known for from surfing and volleyball to beachcombing and clam digging. Every beach is unique!