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Beach Vacation in California: Top Destinations

California Beach Vacations

Beach vacations in California are dreamt about by vacationers the world over. With secluded coves, pristine marine reserves and stunning natural shoreline, Cali's beaches blend all the right ingredients for a vacation beyond your wildest dreams. Begin your California beach vacation at Laguna Beach. MTV has contributed to the fame of this beachside town of world-class art galleries and cottages in arts and crafts style. Laguna overlooks the sapphire sea and sequestered coves rimmed by craggy cliffs, the ideal foil for its art festivals and sculpture exhibitions. California beach vacations are all about surfing the deep blue waves. Laguna's many coves offer waves for both beginners and intermediate surfers, and there are plenty of surf schools and board shops to choose from.

Beach Vacation in California: Top Accommodations

House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Charter Oak, San Dimas, California
from $39
Vrbo
5.0
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Chula Vista, San Diego County, California
from $175
Vrbo
4.7
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House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Joshua Tree, San Bernardino County, California
from $127
Vrbo
4.8
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Caravan ∙ 4 guests
Cardiff, Encinitas, California
from $37
Airbnb
4.6
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Mira Costa, Oceanside, California
from $45
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Caravan ∙ 4 guests
Central Davis, Davis, California
from $34
Airbnb
4.9
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Tent ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Yucca Valley, San Bernardino County, California
from $39
Airbnb
4.9
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Cottage ∙ 2 guests
Rolando Village, San Diego, California
from $37
Airbnb
5.0
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Bungalow ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
North Clairemont, San Diego, California
from $46
Airbnb
4.4
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6 Top Spots for California Family Beach Vacations

1. Half Moon Bay

Just 40 minutes south of San Francisco, the Half Moon Bay Beach State Park encompasses three breathtaking beaches: Venice, Dunes, and Frances Beach. The town itself has lots of eateries and an extremely scenic golf course, and you can see elephant seals playing at nearby Ano Nuevo.

2. Carmel

Situated on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel is a small town surrounded by beautiful beaches with great shopping and family-friendly restaurants. It's also famous for being dog-friendly, and it's a great base for animal spotting with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, whale-watching tours, and pristine Pacific Grove all nearby.

3. Point Reyes

Great for wildlife watching, Point Reyes National Seashore features miles and miles of protected seashore where marine life, native plants, and local Roosevelt Elk thrive. There's also a waterfall cascading into the ocean and an old lighthouse.

4. Pismo Beach

A favorite among locals, pretty Pismo Beach is nestled into a dramatic coastline wedged between cliffs, sand dunes, and the deep-blue ocean. Stroll along the picturesque pier in Pismo town for sunset, or zip around the Oceano Dunes in an ATV.

5. Balboa Island

This island, off the Balboa Peninsula from the town of Newport, is accessible via a short ferry ride that kids often enjoy as much as the beautiful beach, the chocolate-coated, hand-dipped frozen banana "Balboa Bar", and the Balboa Fun Zone amusement park.

6. Laguna Beach

California family beach vacations are all about surfing the deep blue waves. Laguna's many coves offer waves for both beginners and intermediate surfers, and there are plenty of surf schools and board shops to choose from.

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