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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.

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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.

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Marin County

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.

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Sonoma County

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.

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Mendocino County

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.

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Humboldt County

The Humboldt County coast is chock full of wild and remote beaches that beg for exploration. Small towns like Trinidad, Ferndale and Shelter Cove are worthy destinations.

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Del Norte County

Del Norte County is the northernmost coastal county in California and has more wild remote beaches than urban beaches.

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About Northern California

The Northern California Coast includes the San Francisco Bay Area and the vast coastline north all the way to the border with Oregon. This region has many wild and windswept beaches that are excellent for beachcombing. The San Francisco Peninsula is made up of San Mateo County and the city of San Francisco. North of the Bay is Marin County with the nearby, yet remote beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore. From there the counties are Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte the northernmost California coastal county. Many of these wild beaches are unsafe for swimming, but they are some of the most photogenic beaches and wonderful spots to wander anywhere in the world. Northern California's beaches are tops for hiking and offer opportunities to drive on the beach too!