10 Best Beaches in California

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There are beautiful beaches throughout the world and some of the best beaches in the entire world are right here in California. You do not have to travel across the country or across the ocean to enjoy a wonderful day at the beach. You can just pack up your beach essentials and find a local California beach to enjoy for the day.

Discover the 10 best beaches in California below:

#10. Main Beach, Santa Cruz

You and your family will love spending a day at Main Beach in Santa Cruz. The beach has beautiful views and open spaces to roam and explore as well as a nearby boardwalk with restaurants, arcades and amusement park rides and games to enjoy. Main Beach is a really fun way to spend the day in Santa Cruz.

#9. Crystal Cove Beach, Laguna Beach

The Crystal Cove Beach in Laguna Beach is a premiere spot for surfing and other water sports. The cove sets the scene for beautiful sunsets or a romantic picnic after a long day spent exploring the shores.

#8. Coronado Beach, San Diego

Coronado Beach in San Diego is a popular tourist destination. You can see the San Diego skyline from the beach and you aren’t far away from the local hotels and some of the best restaurants in San Diego.

#7. Leo Carillo Beach, Malibu

If a scenic beach is what you are looking for, then look no further than Leo Carillo Beach in Malibu. This beach is very quiet and is one of the best beaches in California for relaxation and peaceful tranquility. You can spend the entire day at Leo Carillo Beach lost in deep thought and admiring the waves and the horizon.

#6. Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel Beach is dog-friendly. You can bring your four-legged friend to this beach for a day of exercise and fun in the sun. The beach is home to several beachfront homes and properties.

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#5. Glass Beach, Fort Bragg

Glass Beach is not your traditional beach for sunbathing or a beach volleyball match. The glass and rocky beach is beautiful but not comfortable. The beauty of Glass Beach is something to behold.

#4. Pescadero Beach, Pescadero

Pescadero Beach is another beach the locals in the area love. The scenery is breathtaking and you can lose an entire day admiring the beauty of the wives and the cliff hills and rocks around the beach and the shore.

#3. Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur

Strap on your hiking shoes and your backpack and get ready to explore when you spend the day at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur. There are hills to climb and hidden coves to discover all around this beautiful beach.

#2. Greyhound Rock Beach, Davenport

You won’t find tourists at Greyhound Rock Beach in Davenport. You will only find breathtaking views and a shore filled with beautiful nearby landscapes and crashing waves across the nearby rocks.

#1. Black Sands Beach, The Lost Coast

Get away from it all with a visit to Black Sands Beach in The Lost Coast. The sand is beautiful and the views of the ocean are even better. This is a beach you wouldn’t mind being lost on for a few hours.

Top 10 Beach Essentials

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Let’s start this blog off with a classic “Top 10” list …

Sun Point Travel loves the beach! But a trip to the beach can be ruined if you don’t bring all of the essentials. You have to remember to bring all the necessary items to ensure you have the most fun possible during your visit to the beach.

This list covers the Top 10 Beach Essentials everyone should remember for their trip to the beach:

1. Sunscreen

The #1 reason a trip to the beach can turn into a bad time fast is if you forget to bring sunscreen. A sunburn is a recipe for a bad beach trip. We recommend bringing a sunscreen with a high SPF that will allow you to stay and have more fun for an even longer time.

2. Hats

We recommend hats for the same reason we recommend sunscreen. No one wants a sunburn during or after their trip to the beach. A hat will protect your face from the sun and your ears to if the hat has a wide brim. The hat will also shade your eyes from the bright sun so you can see clearly.

3. Beach Towels

You need somewhere to return to and lie down after your swim in the ocean. We recommend one towel for each person so everyone in your group can stretch out on their own towel and relax. You can bring an extra-wide towel for even more space to lounge.

4. Beach Chairs

We recommend bringing a beach chair or two too. You might want to sit up to read a book or have a conversation and a comfortable beach chair is often better for this than just a beach towel.

5. Book/Magazine

A day at the beach is not complete without a good book or magazine to enjoy. We recommend bringing both! Catch up on a chapter or two of your novel and then read one or two articles from your favorite entertainment or news magazine.

6. Radio

You can jam out during your beach visit with a radio or music from your smartphone or mobile device. You should play your music loud enough for you to enjoy but not too loud for it to bother other beachgoers. Perhaps bring some headphones too if you really want to turn up the volume.

7. Games

Relaxing on the beach is fun but a trip to the sun and sand is even better if you bring a Frisbee or volleyball along too. We recommend seeing if other people on the beach want to join your game with you. The more the merrier!

8. Water

Be sure to bring a lot of water with you to the beach. You don’t want to become dehydrated after several hours in the sun. Bring some bottles of water or fill up a cooler with ice and water for your group.

9. Snacks

All the fun and games of the beach is going to make you hungry. You should bring a light snack with you if you go in-between meals or pack a lunch and spend the entire afternoon on the beach.

10. Change of Cloths

You will want to change into clean fresh clothes when it is time to pack up your things and return to your car to head home or back to your hotel.

We hope you enjoyed our list. Did we forget anything?