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Stockton is located in the heart of California’s vast Central Valley where sandy beaches are far from top of mind. However the Pacific Coast beaches aren’t really that far away, especially if you avoid rush hour traffic in the San Francisco Bay Area.

There are several areas that should be considered. On the south end there is Santa Cruz which has many diverse beaches and is about a two hour drive without traffic. Then working north there is Half Moon Bay, the ocean and bay beaches of San Francisco, and the beaches of the Marin Headlands. All of these other destinations are less than a two-hour drive if you avoid high traffic times.

Below is a list of the best beaches near Stockton, California.

Beaches on this map

  • Natural Bridges State Beach

    Natural Bridges State Beach is named for the natural arch in the huge rock located in the shore break here. This is one of the most photographed beach icons in […]

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  • Seabright Beach

    Seabright Beach is a popular sandy beach next to Santa Cruz Main Beach in Santa Cruz. It is on state-owned property in that is part of Twin Lakes State Beach. […]

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  • Capitola Beach

    Capitola City Beach is a sandy beach at the north end of Monterey Bay in Capitola, CA. It’s a popular urban beach that can be jam packed on sunny days […]

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  • Dunes Beach – Half Moon Bay State Beach

    Dunes Beach is one of the northern beaches in Half Moon Bay State Beach. To reach the parking area turn onto Youngs Road just north of Half Moon Bay on […]

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  • Redondo Beach on Half Moon Bay

    Redondo Beach is just south of downtown Half Moon Bay and just north of the Half Moon Bay Golf Links in the Ocean Colony community. It’s a long sandy beach […]

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  • Ocean Beach

    Ocean Beach is a long beach spanning the entire Sunset District of San Francisco from Cliff House south to Sloat Boulevard. It’s also a wide beach especially when compared to […]

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  • Crissy Field – East Beach

    East Beach in San Francisco is located at the east end of Crissy Field Park in the old Presidio Area of what is now Golden Gate National Recreation Area. From […]

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  • Rodeo Beach

    Rodeo Beach is a wide pebble beach on the sand spit that separates Rodeo Lagoon from Rodeo Cove on the west side of the Marin Headlands in Golden Gate National […]

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Other locations on this map

  • Stockton

    Stockton is just 2 hours to many places on the California Coast.

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