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Kick Back and Relax on a Fantastic Beach Vacation in California

The state of California's beachfront stretches over 900mi., offering an unbelievable array of coastal features, vegetation, and opportunities for water-based activities. California beach vacations can be anything you want them to be, whether you're looking to unwind with family, get away on a romantic break, or split your time between sand, surf, and culture.

Beach Vacation in California: Top Accommodations

House Elk
Aug 24 - Aug 31
-29%
$270
$191 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Elk with Grill & Patio + Spectacular Views

4.2
Very good (100 ratings)
Elk, Mendocino County, California
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House McKinleyville
Apr 22 - Apr 29
-48%
$469
$244 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Mckinleyville with Yard, Jacuzzi & Patio + Beach Views

4.4
Very good (231 ratings)
McKinleyville, Humboldt County, California
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House Capistrano Beach
Apr 27 - May 4
-76%
$601
$143 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Wonderful House in Capistrano Beach with Uncovered Parking + Ocean Views

3.3
(34 ratings)
Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, California
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Best Beaches in California

Best Beaches in California

With over 400 public beaches along the Pacific coast, you'll be able to post up on the sand almost anywhere you go.

  • 1. Laguna Beach

    Just south of Los Angeles, this beach is wonderful for its broad expense of white sand and typically calm surf. Even better, you'll have everything you need right there in quaint Laguna, from restaurants and ice cream to shopping.

  • 2. Coronado Beach

    The sand on this beloved San Diego beach is known for its mica, a mineral that sparkles under direct sunlight. Besides the sparkling beach, Coronado's warm weather and shallow water are ideal for swimming and skimboarding. Volleyball nets simply add to the fun. To the north, there is a dog-friendly section of the beach where Fido can jump, run, play, and get wet.

  • 3. Carmel Beach

    Dog-lovers will fall in love with Carmel Beach, as this beautiful spot allows off-leash dogs to play. Thanks to the excellent surf breaks and deep water, you can also try your hand at surfing. In the evening, be sure to catch the sunset, and don't miss the charming town of Carmel itself.

  • 4. Baker Beach

    Situated in San Francisco, Baker Beach technically prohibits swimming — and it's often too cold to imagine taking a dip, anyway — but offers breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The beach slopes gently into the sea, forming a beautiful dune. If you're in San Francisco, don't miss it.

Best Places to Stay for Beach Vacation in California

House Zephyr Cove
May 11 - May 18
-40%
$355
$212 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Rental Vacation Home in Zephyr Cove with Patio & Grill

4.0
Very good (68 ratings)
Zephyr Cove, Zephyr Cove-Round Hill Village, Nevada, United States
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House Meeks Bay
Apr 20 - Apr 27
-31%
$599
$411 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Meeks Bay with Grill & Patio + Lake Views

4.9
Outstanding (105 ratings)
Meeks Bay, El Dorado County, California, United States
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House Zephyr Cove
Apr 12 - Apr 19
-26%
$398
$296 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Zephyr Cove with Wood-Burning Fireplace

4.6
Excellent (52 ratings)
Zephyr Cove, Zephyr Cove-Round Hill Village, Nevada, United States
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Things to Do During Your Beach Vacation in California

Things to Do During Your Beach Vacation in California

Whether you're traveling solo or enjoying a family vacation on California's coast, you'll encounter plentiful attractions to tempt you from your beach house. Play games on the sand, explore lighthouses, stroll historic fishing piers, and see iconic 17th-century architecture.

  • 1. Visit Lighthouses

    There are several lighthouses along California's coast. Many of them were installed at strategic points to prevent ship wrecks. In Mendocino, you can visit the Point Arena lighthouse and climb to the top for gorgeous views of the sea. For an even more intense lighthouse visit, Point Montara, near Moss Beach, and Pigeon Point in Pescadero offer on-site accommodation if you wish to spend the night.

  • 2. Stroll Historic Fishing Piers

    For about a century beginning in the mid-19th century, California's economy relied on fishing. Today, these historic piers are rarely used to haul in the day's catch, but are still standing and have been re-purposed for a variety of entertainment. On the Santa Cruz Wharf, for example, you can dine, shop, and spot sea lions. Farther south in the state, the Santa Monica Pier is a perennial favorite for its amusement park rides.

  • 3. Sandcastle-Building Festivals

    Take part in a sandcastle building contest alongside professional builders. You'll find two opportunities in San Diego. The first is at Imperial Beach in July and the second is over Labor Day weekend at the Broadway Pier. If you're staying elsewhere along California's coast in summer, be sure to check local listings for the chance to put your sandcastle skills to work.

Recommended Accommodations for Beach Vacation in California

Cottage Alameda
Jun 15 - Jun 22
$135 per night
Cottage ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Cottage in Alameda with Serene Garden

5.0
Outstanding (337 ratings)
Alameda, Alameda County, California, United States
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House Paradise Valley
Apr 27 - May 4
$129 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Paradise Valley with Yard

4.6
Excellent (86 ratings)
Paradise Valley, South San Francisco, California, United States
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House Clawson
Jun 14 - Jun 21
$154 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Clawson with Patio

5.0
Outstanding (1 rating)
Clawson, Oakland, California, United States
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What to Pack for Your Beach Vacation in California

What to Pack for Your Beach Vacation in California

Before you head out on your idyllic California beach vacation, be sure you're prepared! Besides the basics, here's what to pack.

  • 1. Sun Protection

    The state is known for its temperate weather, but just because you're not broiling in the heat doesn't mean the sun isn't doing damage. Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats, and consider UV-protective beachwear for the little ones (or even for yourself!).

  • 2. Clothes

    California is pretty casual. For the beach, pack shorts and t-shits and swimwear and sandals, and for the rest of the time, consider lightweight, easygoing fashion.

  • 3. Beach Day Items

    California's tap water is perfectly potable, so consider packing reusable water bottles for your beach days. A beach bag will also be handy. Additionally, you might find you'll be happy you brought goggles, a waterproof smartphone case for underwater pictures, and perhaps an external powerbank for particularly long days at the beach.

  • 4. Identification

    The drinking age in California is 21, but if you're of age, look young, and don't have formal identification handy, you might find yourself out of luck in a restaurant or grocery store.

Top Offers for Beach Vacation in California

House Elk
Aug 24 - Aug 31
-12%
$270
$238 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Beautiful Vacation Home in Elk with Grill & Patio + Spectacular Views

4.2
Very good (100 ratings)
Elk, Mendocino County, California
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Maisonette Capistrano Beach
Apr 27 - May 4
-77%
$555
$128 per night
Maisonette ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Duplex in Capistrano Beach with Patio & Grill + Water Views

3.3
(34 ratings)
Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, California
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Condo Balboa Peninsula
Sep 7 - Sep 14
-51%
$380
$187 per night
Condo ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Condo in Balboa Peninsula with Outside Patio + Peek-A-Boo View

3.9
Good (59 ratings)
Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach, California
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Information about California Beach Vacations

📏 Average home size 189 m²
💳 Highest rates in December
🛏️ Popular home types Apartment rental and House rental
🌡️ Hottest months July and August
❄️ Coldest months 34 °F in January and December
🌧️ Rainiest months 10 rainy days in March and December

Frequently Asked Questions

California Beach Vacations: What is the nightly price for a stay?

The average price for a vacation rental in California is usually between $383 and $622 per night.

Can I find a vacation rental for a large group for California Beach Vacations?

The size of a House rental is 189 m² and can fit 8 guests on average which is great for large groups.

What types of vacation homes can i book for California Beach Vacations?

We would advice browsing our incredible selection of Apartment rental and House rental for California Beach Vacations.

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