Each year the travel channel lists the best beaches in each coastal state. This year the list of Best Beaches in California included several of the most beautiful beaches Southern California has to offer. Topping the list are:

Coronado Beach – Located just five minutes outside of picturesque San Diego, Coronado Beach is an excellent family beach destination. The beaches are expansive, with calm surf and visitors can even catch a glimpse of migrating whales during migration season. Beachgoers have access to public restrooms, making this beach even more family-friendly and convenient nearby parking makes it ideal.

Pismo Beach – This highly regarded beach can be found in San Luis Obispo County, near the Los Padres National Forest. What makes this beach among the best in the state is not just the striking views and plethora of spots to spend a day, but it is also home to a wide range of activities. From fishing to horseback riding, walking trails to tidal pools, there is something for everyone.

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La Jolla – Inside the city of San Diego, La Jolla is a close knit community that draws beach lovers from all over California. The hilly seaside destination sits along seven miles of winding coastline. What sets the beaches of La Jolla apart is the swimming, snorkeling and diving in protected waters, full of sea life.

Huntington Beach – This seaside spot is a beachgoers paradise, nestled in Orange County. Often referred to as “Surf City, USA,” it is no wonder that surfers from around the world can be found here. Huntington Beach Pier is one of the longest on the West Coast and attracts visitors and locals alike. At the end of the seemingly endless pier you can enjoy snacks and milkshakes at the famous Ruby’s Diner.

Venice Beach – This eclectic hotspot is located on the Westside of Los Angeles and was an independent city until it merged with Los Angeles in 1926. The nationally known beach mecca is wonderful for both a day at the beach or an evening of entertainment. In addition to beautiful beaches, you can shop, eat and take in a variety of street performances.

Malibu Lagoon State Beach – This beach was formerly known as Surfrider Beach, and like its original name is an epic place to catch some waves. Located in Los Angeles, surfers have come from far and wide to enjoy some of the best swells in the state. If you are not an avid surfer you can still enjoy relaxing beaches or visit Malibu Pier for fishing, bird watching or a relaxing picnic lunch.

Dockweiler State Beach – This unique beach offers something that almost no other beach in California can boast, an active RV park. With considerable growth in luxury RVing, enthusiasts can park their homes on wheels and enjoy a bonfire on the three-mile stretch of beaches.

To learn more about homes in Southern California where you can take advantage of some of the best beaches in the state, contact our luxury real estate experts. We specialize in high-end properties in the most exclusive communities in Southern California.


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