The beaches in California are all distinct in some way and so are the beach communities. We are focusing on Southern California where the weather is near perfect year round. Explore and find the perfect match for your next beach vacation.
To get an overall view, you can see printable maps of beaches in California in Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Diego County.
The following beach towns are divided by the five counties: Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego.
These So Cal beaches range from north of Santa Barbara down to Carpinteria. The three at the north are camping beaches: Refugio, El Capitan and Gaviota.
You'll find several beach campgrounds in this county, especially for RVs. Ventura County also includes beaches in Oxnard.
From the Malibu coast down through Santa Monica and the South Bay, this county also includes the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Long Beach and San Pedro. Santa Catalina Island and its beaches are also in L.A. County. Get a free printable PDF Los Angeles County map
The big ones here are Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, but there are others in between, such as Crystal Cove, Corona del Mar and Sunset Beach. Get a free printable Orange County map
This county includes a whole lot of coastline, stretching from San Clemente on down to San Diego. A nice feature is that much of it is connected by train. Get a free printable San Diego County Map
In addition, you can find State Beaches in California here. The state beaches are also spread up and down the coast. Many of these include campgrounds and charge a parking fee for day use. They are also generally cleaner and have good amenities.
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The California coast is a precious resource, and constantly needs all beach lovers to help preserve it's fragile health and beauty. To check water quality at any given time, you can go to beachreportcard.org.
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