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Beaches In California

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.

Has anyone ever recommended a particular beach or cove to you, but you had no idea where to find it, or where it was in relation to another beach you did know about?  Me too.   So I put together a new resource, which lists over 200 beaches in Southern California by county, plus includes tons of maps with labels pointing to each beach.

 To download your own copy, go to this page.  You can put it on your mobile phone or tablet and take it with you when you head for the coast. The sections are divided up by counties, and then they are listed consecutively from north to south within each county.    

Cover of PDF of List of Southern California Beaches by County

Alternatively, 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.

Santa Barbara County 

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.

Ventura County

You'll find several beach campgrounds in this county, especially for RVs.  Ventura County also includes beaches in Oxnard.

Los Angeles County

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

beach cove in South Laguna

Orange County

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

Malibu Beach Pier

San Diego County

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

Laguna Beach Bluffs With Flowers

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.

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

Getting to the Beaches in California

If you are flying to California and are wondering which airport is the most convenient to your destination check here to compare airports and search for deals on flights.

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