Whatever your mood, there’s an idyllic Golden State beach with your name on it. If action-packed fun in the sun is your jam, take your pick of classic SoCal spots from La Jolla Shores to Dana Strand Beach in Orange County to Santa Monica. Central Coast beaches cover the full gamut, whether you’ve just finished a spa treatment in Santa Barbara or want to watch the surfers do their thing at Rincon Point in Carpinteria. The northern half of the state specializes in hidden beaches, where you can find a secluded stretch of sand that’s perfect for beachcombing or collecting your thoughts.
10 Great Beaches for Kids
Make memories at some of California's family-favorite beaches