California's Best Beaches

From San Diego to Humboldt County

Explore California's Best Beaches by Region

  • Humboldt County
  • Mendocino County
  • Sonoma County
  • Marin County

  • San Francisco County
  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Cruz County
  • Monterey County
  • San Luis Obispo County

  • Santa Barbara County
  • Ventura County
  • Los Angeles County
  • Orange County
  • San Diego County



COVID-19 Outbreak Beach Closures

  During the COVID-19 outbreak many beaches in California are closed. Check with local authorities about the status of beaches in your area.

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  • Complete details of beach attractions, facilities, hours, parking, and fees
  • Custom beach maps showing key roads and parking, beach photos
  • Information about beach activities such as surfing, fishing, volleyball, Junior Lifeguards, wildlife, and tide pools
  • Nearby lodging, camping, and local RV parks
  • Beach events and nearby points of interest

Ocean Safety

Conditions along the coast can vary greatly from day to day. Always check with local officials that the conditions at the beach are safe for your planned acitivities. Learn more about Ocean Safety below.

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Ocean Safety

California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly."
Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety

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