California Beach Vacation Guide: Infographic

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California Beach Vacation Guide

  • California has one of the most massive coastlines in the United States, and with hurricanes and cold weather hard to find anywhere along these shores, many visitors agree that Cali is truly the king of coasts. So how do you choose the right beach? With more than 3,000 miles of beaches of all shapes, sizes and sand types, it can be a tricky decision. Luckily, we're here to help you find your perfect seascape to fit your vacation plans.


  • Is there anything more romantic than a barefoot stroll along sugar-soft sands at sunset? We can't think of it. Maybe paired with some great wine? At Sonoma Coast, you can enjoy a biking vineyard tour for two atop a tandem bike, then head to the beach. Other beaches of note include Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur and Point Lobos State Reserve, located just south of the Bay Area in Carmel.


  • There's no shortage of whale-watching spots in the Golden State, and several different harbors and beaches are home to local sea lions and California's avian species. For the best variety of local wildlife, head to Channel Islands National Park (near Oxnard and Ventura), where seals, sea lions, wild dolphins and several species of whales all congregate offshore during breeding season. Along the shoreline, you'll see a variety of lizards, tree frogs and even the island fox - keep an eye out for its telltale red and gray coat! Newport Beach and Point Reyes National Seashore also have more than their fair share of animal residents to visit.


  • What is a California beach trip without a little surfing? Contrary to popular belief, the waves are not all great for hanging ten in the state. Northern riders can head to Maverick's Beach in San Mateo to get the rush of a rip tide, while classic surfing beaches like Trestles and Surfrider Beach in Malibu provide plenty of waves worthy of a board.