Come summertime, one thing we look forward to is spending time seaside. A day on the coast can mean strolling on a boardwalk, a ride on the pier Ferris wheel, or swimming alongside foaming waves in a cute retro-inspired swimsuit. No matter the occasion, a day on the beach can be as exciting or relaxing as you desire! Here are a few of our favorite California beaches to explore.
Pismo Beach: This beach located in southern San Luis Obispo county is perfect for the nature-loving beach goer. With a variety of hiking, surfing, and fishing options, Pismo beach offers a variety of activities for all levels of experience. This dog friendly area features a 1200 ft pier that reaches far into the water, and along with an award-winning boardwalk- Pismo Beach is a stunning beach getaway!
Newport Beach and Balboa Island: If you're on the hunt for sand and sun, Newport offers many beaches perfect for lounging or diving in to the waves. In addition, Newport also contains Balboa Island, which is a short ferry ride across the harbor. Balboa features arcades, a Ferris wheel, a variety of dining options, and is perfect for a charming day date or if you're in the mood for some family fun. Don't forget to try one of their famous frozen bananas!
Seal Beach: This lazy beach area features a pier dotted with fisherman and beach goers along with a variety of restaurants and shops just a few steps from the shore. This area boasts a very relaxing atmosphere and is often not as crowded as many of the other Southern California beaches. Before you head seaside, be sure to grab an iced coffee from one of the many cafes nearby.
Pfeiffer Beach- Big Sur: This gem located in Big Sur is not always easy to find, but for those who do, it is a stunning vision. On this dog-friendly remote beach, you can find purple hued sand and a variety of gorgeous rock formations. Located on the beach is Keyhole Rock, which allows light to trickle through it's "keyhole" at sunrise and sunset, is a majestic sight to see.
Catalina Island: Just a quick ferry ride off many points of California's coast, Catalina Island makes a wonderful day trip or weekend getaway. Here you can find a variety of activities like kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding, and many hiking trails. In addition, the island also hosts galleries, restaurants, and a myriad of shops. There is so much to do on this tiny island- we recommend snorkeling to catch a glimpse of the abundance of bright orange Garibaldi fish.
Moonstone Beach, Cambria: We can't decide what we love more about Moonstone Beach- the beautiful walkway that parallels the beach or the plethora of pretty moonstones that can be found on the beach! This pebbly shore can be found in the quaint town of Cambira, and is a short way from wine tasting and a visit to the famed Hearst Castle.
Santa Monica Beach and Harbor: If you're looking for a day of sea, sand, and fun, Santa Monica is the place to be. Sporting a beach filled with white sand and bright blue waters, Santa Monica beach is also known for its boardwalk filled with everything from roller coasters to carnival games and arcade with a perfect view of the ocean. Kids and adults alike will have an amazing time. If you're in the northern part of the state, the Santa Cruz boardwalk is a must-see!
These are just a few of our favorite California beaches. From secluded shores to busy boardwalks complete with Ferris wheels, each of these beaches has something for everyone! Do you have a favorite beach that we left out? Let us know!