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Check out all 4 parts of our series on our favorite beaches: Part 1: Pacific Northwest, Part 2: California, Part 3: Northeast Coast, Part 4: Southeast Coast.
Welcome to the second installment in our series on the best beaches around the country! In our first installment, we introduced you to our favorite beaches in the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on Oregon and Washington. In this installment, we are going to introduce you to some of the finest beaches in California.
While we typically feature locations where you can camp overnight, for this post, we will diverge a bit. Some of Southern California’s most iconic beaches do not support overnight camping since they are in dense urban areas.
Laguna Beach is a city in Orange County that draws around six million visitors a year. It is home to more than two dozen gorgeous beaches you will have to see to believe. Some of the most popular beaches at Laguna Beach include Aliso Beach, Heisler Park Beaches, Thousand Steps Beach, Crystal Cove State Park Beach, and Crescent Beach.
While you cannot camp at every beach in the Laguna Beach area, you can pitch a tent at Crystal Cove State Park Beach.
Not only will you love swimming and sunbathing at Laguna Beach’s beaches, but you also will enjoy everything else the city has to offer. Attractions include wine tasting, local art, whale watching, shops and restaurants, live music, festivals and more. You also can take advantage of the free open air trolley.
If you are down in San Diego, consider visiting La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove. La Jolla Shores is a popular spot for swimming, kayaking and scuba diving. La Jolla Cove is a smaller spot which you may need to reach by kayak if the tides are high. If you snorkel, you might catch a glimpse of Garibaldi fish. You also will want to plan a stop at Torrey Pines State Beach to work on your tan. Adventurous surfers can head south to Black’s Beach.
The orange cliffs that enclose these beautiful beaches offer picturesque views—and if you are willing to walk far enough—a degree of solitude. That is hard to come by in a part of the world as crowded as Southern California.
While you are visiting, you can also drop by nearby attractions like the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Torrey Pines State Reserve, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and more.
Moving up the coast a ways, we come to Los Padres National Forest in the Big Sur area of California. Specifically, we direct your attention to Kirk Creek Campground, which Recreation.gov accurately refers to as an “oceanside paradise.” With its position up on a 100-foot bluff, this campground offers you commanding views of the Pacific Ocean.
The rocky beaches near Kirk Creek Campground may not be the classic sandy beaches you associate with California, but they will get you away from the crowds. You’ll appreciate the seclusion and the breathtaking scenery.
Along with walking along the beach, you can also hike in the forest. If you have a fishing permit, you can cast a line in the hopes of catching yellow perch. Keep your eyes open for wildlife such as deer, foxes, racoons, bobcats, and even bears and mountain lions.
Here are a few simple recommendations that will help make your next trip to a California beach a successful one:
Now you have had a chance to check out a couple of iconic Southern California beaches as well as a beautiful campsite that is a little more off-the-beaten-track. Pack your canopy tent for shelter from the sun, and enjoy the unforgettable experience of a day of California dreamin’!