6 California Beaches You Don’t Want to Miss

California is known for its ideal year-round weather and gorgeous beaches. With over 3,000 miles of shoreline, it is tough to decide which beaches are worth a visit. Everyone knows about places like Santa Monica and Venice Beach, but where should you go for a one-of-kind experience? Check out these six beaches for a distinct and most memorable time at the shore.

Pfeiffer Beach

Found on the shoreline of Big Sur State Park, Pfeiffer Beach offers a unique experience with purple sands and impressive rock formations just outside a forest full of majestic redwoods. For a luxurious stay away from the city life, book one of the cozy cabins in Glen Oaks Big Sur.

Pismo Beach

Located 20 miles north of Santa Maria, CA, Pismo beach was founded by Chumash Indians. With a 1,200 foot pier, you can enjoy fishing and breathtaking views of the Pacific. Feeling prehistoric? Take a kayak tour of the ocean caves of Dinosaur Caves Park. The Monarch Butterfly Grove is open from October through February showcasing thousands of butterflies finding warm sanctuary from winter in the North.

Point Lobos State Reserve

If you enjoy the natural fun of the outdoors, Point Lobos State Reserve is a must-visit spot. From hiking to kayaking to snorkeling, you can jump from one adventure to the next. South of Monterey Bay, on-looking the smaller, Carmel Bay, this beach offers the opportunity to observe wildlife underwater and on land. Plan a docent-led walk to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Baker Beach

Baker Beach offers one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Just outside of San Francisco, this beach is perfect for the amateur photographer. The rocky shoreline and picturesque view of the Marin Headlands will give you plenty to capture on camera, but be careful with your photo snapping, as the northern end of the beach is frequented by nude sunbathers.

Dockweiler State Beach

About four miles from LAX, Dockweiler State Beach is a camper’s dream beach. Campfires are permitted along the shore, so grab your acoustic guitar and some marshmallows for an enjoyable evening. This beach is easy to access, whether you have an RV to stay at the nearby RV Park, or you’ve booked a hotel room in Long Beach, only 30 minutes away.

El Matador State Beach

If you are looking for a romantic getaway with that special someone, the cliffs of El Matador State Beach look like something out of a classic romance novel. Located in Malibu, this beach looks on the Point Dume State Marine Conservation Area. Take a stroll down the dirt pathways from the tops of the cliffs to the beaches below and enjoy the sunset.

The state of California has it all, from high mountain peaks, to the lowest point in North America found in Death Valley. Its beaches show the same variety. Whether you are looking to relax in the sunshine, swim with sea creatures, or hike ocean-side cliffs, these beaches offer something for everyone.