Pacific Coast HWY 1 access is easily available to you and your family, now matter where you are coming from, this highway runs along the pacific coastline fairly close to many airports including the Long Beach, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Monterey and San Jose airports. From these coastal ports, California beach vacation rentals are only a short rental car or shuttle ride away.

Whether you are looking for surf lessons along the beach or a quite stretch of sand and rocks for contemplative beach combing you will find a California beach vacation rental that suites your needs, absolutely perfectly.

Starting in Southern California and traveling north, here are some great spots to consider staying along California State Route 1.

Los Angeles Area

Venice Beach

Venice Beach is beyond famous; it has a rich history of art and culture and offers the renowned ocean front walk that parallels the beach. Along this walk you can find eclectic shops, muscle beach, handball courts, beach volley ball courts, a bike trail and numerous restaurants and businesses. The coast line also provides surf worthy waves, sun bathing and swimming.

Huntington Beach

This area, otherwise known as Surf City provides eight miles of beachfront. Besides surfing it also provides horse back riding, shopping, a large recreation pier and numerous trails for inline skating, jogging and biking. This California beach vacation rental destination can provide great entertainment for your entire family.

Central Coast Area

Big Sur

This California coast location, is by far, one of the most beautiful places to stay along the Central coast. From here you can visit stunning rocks and sandy shorelines and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The coastline offers views of humpback and blue whales during certain times of the year and a chance to spot the nearly extinct California Condor. Big Sur also offers beach vacation rentals within close access to the three million acre Los Padres National Forest.

Santa Cruz

This city provides access to numerous beaches, over fifteen, as well as a variety of state parks and reserves, and shopping and fine dinning. For family fun you can charter a sail boat or kayak, take surf lessons or visit the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, which is an admission free amusement park located along a mile of sandy beach.

San Francisco Area

Stinson Beach

Stinson Beach, near San Francisco provides beach access vacation rentals near its famous life guarded beach, Mt. Timalpais State Park, Muir Woods and Bolinas Lagoon Preserve. This area of California provides great outdoor entertainment for families and groups of all ages.

Half Moon Bay

Beyond beautiful rocky cliff and beach views, Half Moon Bay provides access to horse back rides along the beach, golf courses and numerous shops and galleries. Half Moon Bay offers a perfect mid-California coastal climate, which is much cooler than Southern California. If you are looking for a California spot that provides breathtaking sights and is laid-back, this is a great choice for you to look for a beachside vacation rental.

Northern Coast Area

This city is located along the Northern California coast north of San Francisco; from this city you can follow the river straight to the ocean for views of not only a great coastline, but also a possible whale sighting. From your beachside vacation rental here you can also make a very short trip to the famous redwood forests and outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing and bicycling.


This relaxing seaside town offers beach vacation rentals near its famous beaches, this quaint town is full of fine dining and galleries and California wineries. This northern California town is perfect as a romantic getaway or honeymoon destination.

These are just a few stops along HWY 1 that offer California beach vacation rentals that are 100% worth visiting over and over again. You may also want to look into Long Beach, Monterey, Carmel and Malibu. The California coastline provides some of the greatest views in the world that can provide entertainment and recreation, no matter if you are couple looking for a romantic getaway are a family of four looking for a coastal family excursion.