The Best Beaches in California

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California is well known for a variety of things - famous landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge, Yosemite National Park, Hollywood, mountains and, of course, beautiful beaches.

Wildcat Beach
This is a difficult beach to get to; you have to hike over 5 miles, but the journey is totally worth it. Enjoy the beautiful 2.5 mile long beach, stay at the Wildcat Campground overnight and go backpacking, mountain biking, beachcombing and visit Alamere Falls. Photo Credit: ShutterstockClick Here to See The Best Beaches in California
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is one of the most frequently visited national parks in the country. Among the variety of outdoor activities to choose from, there is also an incredible beach for relaxation. Float down the Merced River and have a picnic at Cathedral and Sentinel Beach. Make sure to view Sentinel Falls, go swimming, sunbathing and view tons of nature and wildlife. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Catalina Island, Los Angeles
Catalina Island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in all of California. Visit Descanso beach for incredible snorkeling opportunities, South Beach for the ultimate relaxation and Middle Beach for scenic views. Other beaches to visit include Step Beach and Two Harbors Beaches. Photo Credit: ShutterstockClick Here to See The Best Beaches in California
Ghost Tree- Pebble Beach
If you are an avid surfer, look no further than Ghost Tree. It is one of the best beaches for big wave surfing. It got its name because months can go by and you would never see a wave, then out of nowhere, a powerful wave will appear. Pebble Beach specifically, is famous for their beautiful coastline and 17-mile drive down California’s coast. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles
Located in Los Angeles is the gorgeous Hermosa Beach. Visitors travel there for sunbathing, paddle boarding and incredible surfing opportunities. The average temperature of the water in the summer is around 70 degrees and 55 degrees in the winter. “This beach is so picturesque! Soft white sand, clean, and close in proximity to restaurants, shops, bars etc.,” according to a review on Yelp. Click Here to See The Best Beaches in CaliforniaPhoto Credit: Thinkstock

Regardless to where you live, you will be happy to know that incredible beaches are located throughout the entire state, from San Diego to Los Angeles and the Sierra Nevada, just to name a few.
Go surfing on one of the best beaches for big waves, Ghost Tree, Pebble Beach; visit Yosemite National Park for one of the best national park beaches in the country, and explore Shelter Cove, one of the most spectacular black sand beaches in the world.

Whether you are looking to watch the sunrise on the beach with your significant other, play with your kids on a family-friendly beach or take up a new watersport, these beaches have it all.

- Nicole Dossantos The Active Times

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