California’s beautiful beaches are naturally a high point of any visit. With all that Pacific Ocean coastline, your options are endless! With its warmer waters, Southern California’s beaches tend to be the stars. Venice Beach and Santa Monica add an almost carnival atmosphere to their lengthy strips of beach. Hermosa Beach’s 1.5 mile-long beach is a hotspot for watersports and beach activities. At Laguna and Newport Beach, you may just run into a celebrity or two while tanning.
Northern California, meanwhile, has some of the most picturesque beaches in the country. Fort Funston Beach, Ross Cove Beach and the Bodega Dunes boast beautiful natural landscapes and excellent hiking. At the same time, you can enjoy a classic California beach day. Swimmers and surfers alike love locales like Seaside Beach and Santa Cruz.
Big Sur Coastline
Big Sur is a 90-mile stretch of rugged coastline between Carmel and San Simeon. Lucky for California drivers, Highway One twists alongside this spectacularly scenic portion of the Pacific. The cliffs and rocks on the ocean side are a sight to behold. On the other side, the Santa Lucia Mountains provide more eye candy. Sweeping bends and rolling hills ensure the experience is unforgettable for both driver and passengers.