California Beaches Overview
Beaches in California are some of the best beaches in the world. From the North Coast to San Diego, from rocky, tumultuous shoreline to wide-open, sandy beaches, California is sure to have something for everybody. If you're looking for lots of activity and amenities such as restaurants, cantinas and shops, go to a beach with a pier. Piers are always a hub for locals and tourists alike where the laid-back California spirit can be absorbed. Several State Beaches offer beach camping and horseback riding on the beach. Use the map or navigation links below to find the best beaches in California by region.
NOTE: Visit the Heal the Bay website for details on water cleanliness... especially in urban regions.
TIDE CHARTS for exploring beaches with tide pools