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California Beach Cities Vacation Travel Guide features  California Beaches highlighted and arranged broadly by county from south to north. To help plan your beach vacation, here are some facts:  There are 58 counties in California, 478 incorporated cities and approx. 118 cities with beaches on the 1000-mile coast and Pacific Ocean.

 

A  to R  Selected California Cities by County
 

 

S  to Z California Cities by County Alphabetical


ALAMEDA COUNTY   

population is approx. 1,500,000. Incorporated on June 6th, 1853.  ALAMEDA. County seat, Oakland. Created March 25, 1853. The word Alameda is derived from alamo the Spanish name for cottonwood or poplar tree. acgov.org
 

Alameda

Albany
Berkeley
Dublin
Emeryville
Fremont
Hayward
Livermore

Newark

Oakland
Piedmont
Pleasanton
San Leandro
Union City

Hotels

 

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY  

was incorporated in 1850 as one of the original 27 counties of the State of California. It is one of the nine counties in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area with a  population close to 1,003,900. 

 

Antioch

Brentwood
Clayton
Concord

Danville

El Cerrito

Hercules

Knightsen

Lafayette

Martinez

Moraga

Pinole

Pleasant Hill

Pittsburg

Oakley

Orinda

Richmond

San Ramon

San Pablo

Walnut Creek

Hotels



 


 

EL DORADO  COUNTY  

was created February 18, 1850. El Dorado means "the gilded one" in Spanish, referred in the 16th century to a mythical Indian chief covered with gold dust during religious rites. James W. Marshall discovered gold at Coloma in January 1848. eldorado.ca.us


Placerville

South Lake Tahoe
beach on lake

GOLD COUNTRY HOTELS

LAKE TAHOE HOTELS

 

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

 

county seat is Eureka. Created May 12, 1853. In 1850, Douglas Ottinger and Hans Buhne entered the bay, naming it Humboldt in honor of the great naturalist and world explorer, Baron  Alexander von Humboldt. www.co.humboldt.ca.us
 

Arcata
Eureka
Fernbridge
Ferndale
Fields Landing
Garberville
Loleta
Lost Coast
McKinleyville
Redcrest
Samoa
Weott
Woodley Island
REDWOOD COAST HOTELS

   

KERN COUNTY

Bakersfield



 

LAKE COUNTY

Lakeport
Hotels
LAKEPORT



 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

is California's largest county with over 10 million people.  Universal Studios Hollywood,  Los Angeles Zoo, Port of Los Angeles Cruises, Getty Museum,  Studio Tours, Rodeo Drive shops, Hollywood sign.  LOS ANGELES  Created 1850. The words los angeles  mean "the angels".  co.la.ca.us   Historical Landmarks 
 

Los Angeles County Cities-Beaches
Agoura Hills
Altadena
Arcadia
Belmont Shore
Beverly Hills
Burbank
Calabasas
Carson
Catalina Island
Culver City
Dockweiler Beach
Glendale
Hermosa Beach
Hollywood
Inglewood
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Malibu
Manhattan Beach
Marina del Rey
Monrovia
Naples
Palos Verdes Estates
Paradise Cove
Pasadena
Playa del Rey
Pomona
Rancho Palos Verdes
Redondo Beach
Reseda
Rodeo Drive
San Marino

Santa Monica
San Pedro

Sherman Oaks
Signal Hill
Torrance
Universal City
Venice Beach
West Hollywood
Westlake Village

LA COUNTY HOTELS

 

MARIN

was created on Feb. 18, 1850. The origin of its name was was possibly derived from Chief Marin of the Licatiut tribe of Indians who inhabited that section and waged fierce battle against Spanish explorers. co.marin.ca.us

 

Corte Madera

Dogtown
Sausalito
Point Reyes Station
Tomales

Hotels
 

MENDOCINO

was created on Feb. 18, 1850. The county seat is Ukiah. Its name honors either Antonio de Mendoza, Viceroy of New Spain or Lorenzo Suarez de Mendoza, Viceroy from 1580 to 1583. 



Albion

Anchor Bay
Boonville
Elk
Gualala
Little River
Point Arena
Mendocino
Willits

Hotels
FORT BRAGG
LITTLE RIVER
MENDOCINO
UKIAH
 

 

MONO COUNTY

Lee Vining (Mono Lake)

Mammoth Lakes

 


MONTEREY COUNTY

is 3rd in state for agriculture. Big Sur, Monterey Bay Aquarium & Cannery Row, Steinbeck Museum, Pebble Beach Golf, Art are attractions. MONTEREY  Created 1850. Historical Landmarks From  the Spanish words monte and rey, it means "king of the forest." Named by Sebastian Vizcaino in 1602, in honor of the Conde de Monterey, Viceroy of New Spain.  co.monterey.ca.us

Ragged Point
Gorda Springs
Limekiln SP
Lucia
Big Sur
Nepenthe
Bixby Creek
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Pebble Beach
Pacific Grove

Monterey
Seaside
Sand City
Marina
Soledad
Salinas
Castroville
Moss Landing

Top Hotels
BIG SUR
CARMEL

CARMEL VALLEY
MARINA
MONTEREY
PACIFIC GROVE
SEASIDE
 

NAPA

was created on February 18, 1850. Napa is of Indian derivation and may be derived from the Patwin word napo meaning house. Known as California Wine country, along with Somona County. (707) 253-4421  co.napa.ca.us 

 

American Canyon
Calistoga
Napa

Rutherford
Yountville
Hotels
CALISTOGA
NAPA
RUTHERFORD
SAINT HELENA
YOUNTVILLE

 

NEVADA COUNTY

 
Grass Valley Hotels
 

ORANGE COUNTY

is home to Disneyland - Anaheim, Knotts Berry Farm, Wax Museum -Buena Park, Mission San Juan Capistrano, South Coast Plaza, Performing Arts Center -Costa Mesa, ORANGE  Created 1889 and named for  extensive orange groves.  www.oc.ca.gov Historical Landmarks
 

Orange County 
Aliso Beach
Anaheim
Balboa Island
Little Balboa Island
Bolsa Chica SB
Buena Park
Corona del Mar
Costa Mesa
Crystal Cove
Capistrano Beach
Dana Point
Doheny Beach
El Morro
Fullerton
Fountain Valley
Garden Grove
Huntington Beach
Irvine
La Habra
Lake Forest
Laguna Niguel
Laguna Beach
Los Alamitos
Mission Viejo
Newport Beach
Orange
Placentia
Rossmoor
San Clemente
San Juan Capistrano
Santa Ana
Seal Beach
Stanton
Sunset Beach
Surfside
Trabuco Canyon
Westminster
Yorba Linda

Top Hotels
ANAHEIM 
BUENA PARK
CAPISTRANO BEACH
COSTA MESA
DANA POINT 
GARDEN GROVE
HUNTINGTON BEACH
IRVINE
LAGUNA BEACH
NEWPORT BEACH
NEWPORT COAST
ORANGE
SAN CLEMENTE
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
SANTA ANA
SEAL BEACH
SUNSET BEACH
 

PLACER COUNTY

Auburn

Dutch Flat

Loomis

Roseville

 

Hotels
 


 

SACRAMENTO COUNTY

home to California State Capitol and Historic Old Town Sacramento, Train Museum, Sutter's Fort, State Indian Museum.  SACRAMENTO created in 1850; signifies "Sacrament" or "Lord's Supper." www.co.sacramento.ca.us Historical Landmarks

 

Fair Oaks
Freeport
Galt
Rancho Cordova Sacramento
 
Hotels
 
  
 

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

shares a border with Mexico.  San Diego is California's top beach vacation destination. Historic Old Town, Balboa Park, Sea World,  Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Mission, Point Loma Lighthouse, Star of India, Tijuana, Scripps Aquarium, La Jolla, Legoland.  SAN DIEGO- Created 1850. Named in honor of San Diego de Alcala de Henares. Historical Landmarks  co.san-diego.ca.us 
 

Alpine

Borrego Springs
Cardiff
Carlsbad
Chula Vista
Coronado
Del Mar
Encinitas
Fallbrook
Imperial Beach
La Jolla
Leucadia
Mission Beach
Ocean Beach
Oceanside
Pacific Beach
San Diego

Silver Strand 

Solana Beach
Swami's Beach
Tourmaline Beach
Windansea Beach

HOTELS
CARLSBAD
CHULA VISTA
CORONADO
DEL MAR
ENCINITAS
ESCONDIDO
LA JOLLA
LA MESA 
OCEANSIDE
SAN DIEGO
SOLANA BEACH
 

 
 

SAN FRANCISCO

Created 1850. The sixth mission in California was established by Padre Junipero Serra on October 9, 1776, and was named Mission San Francisco de Asis a la Laguna de los Dolores (Saint  Francis of Assisi at the Lagoon of Sorrows). The mission is now known as "Mission Dolores."  Web Site:ci.sf.ca.us  Historical Landmarks

 

San Francisco Hotels
SAN FRANCISCO
 
 

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

County seat, Stockton. Created February 18, 1850. Named for San Joaquin River. (meaning Saint Joachim)
 

Lathrop

Lodi

Stockton

 
 

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

on Central Coast California with 3,326 square miles. Hearst Castle -San Simeon, Elephant Seals -Piedras Blancas, wineries, Cambria, shopping. SAN LUIS OBISPO  Historical Landmarks Created 1850. Name comes from the mission. SLOCounty.org

 

 

Arroyo Grande
Atascadero
Avila Beach  
Baywood Park
Cambria
Cayucos
Grover Beach
Halcyon
Harmony
Los Osos/
Morro Bay
Nipomo
Oceano
Paso Robles
Piedras Blancas
Pismo Beach

San Luis Obispo

San Simeon



Shell Beach
Templeton
Whale Rock Reservoir

Hotels
ARROYO GRANDE
ATASCADERO
AVILA BEACH
CAMBRIA
GROVER BEACH
MORRO BAY
PASO ROBLES
PISMO BEACH
SAN LUIS OBISPO
SAN SIMEON
 

 
 

SAN MATEO COUNTY 

contains San Francisco International Airport, wealthy communities, Silicon Valley influences and pristine beaches with giant 60-foot surfing waves at Mavericks.
 

 
San Mateo County

Devil's Slide
Half Moon Bay
Hillsborough
Moss Beach
Pacifica
Pescadero Beach
Pigeon Point
Rockaway Beach

South San Francisco
San Carlos
San Mateo County
Woodside
Hotels
 
 
 

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

is located on the Central Coast. 2,745 square miles. Historical Landmarks Missions, wineries, Danish -Solvang, Sand Dunes Split Pea Soup -Buellton. SANTA BARBARA   Created 1850. Named after Mission Santa Barbara.  co.santa-barbara.ca.us
 

Ballard
Buellton
Carpinteria
Casmalia
El Capitan
Gaviota
Goleta
Guadalupe
Lompoc
Los Alamos
Los Olivos
Orcutt
Oso Flaco
Rincon Point
Santa Barbara
Santa Maria
Santa Ynez
Solvang
Summerland
Surf Beach
Vandenberg

Hotels
BUELLTON

CARPINTERIA 
GOLETA
LOMPOC
SANTA BARBARA
SANTA MARIA
SOLVANG
SUMMERLAND
 

SANTA CLARA

"Silicon Valley," comprises 1,316 sq. miles. Santa Clara County created 1850 and named after Mission Santa Clara established in 1777. The mission was named for Saint Clara of Assisi, Italy. The name Clara means "clear" or "bright." santaclaracounty.org  Historical Landmarks
 

Gilroy

Morgan Hill
Palo Alto
San Jose
Stanford


Hotels
 

 

SANTA CRUZ 

created 1850, named  Branciforte, then changed to Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Mission destroyed by earthquake in 1857, rebuilt in 1931. Santa Cruz means "holy cross."  Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary is popular surfing spot. co.santa-cruz.ca.us  Historical Landmarks

 

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY 
 

Aptos
Capitola
Davenport
Felton
Henry Cowell Redwoods
Natural Bridges SB
New Brighton SB
Opal Cliffs -Privates Beach
Sand Hill Bluff
Santa Cruz
Scotts Valley
Seabright Beach

Waddell Beach

Walton Lighthouse
Watsonville

Hotels
APTOS
CAPITOLA
SANTA CRUZ
SCOTTS VALLEY
WATSONVILLE

 
 

SHASTA  

was created February 18, 1850 and was named after Mount Shasta, the English equivalent for the name of an Indian tribe that once lived in the area.  County seat is Redding. Population of Shasta County is: 169,200. The form of government: General Law.  co.shasta.ca.us   Historical Landmarks

 

 
Anderson

Burney
O'Brien
Redding
Shasta
Shasta Lake

Hotels
 
 
 

SOLANO COUNTY

mid-way between San Francisco & Sacramento, bordered by Napa, Yolo, Sacramento and Contra Costa Counties. Formed in 1850. County seat, Fairfield. General Vallejo named county for Chief Solano, ruler of tribes.  co.solano.ca.us 

 

 
Benicia
Dixon
Fairfield - Jelly Belly
Rio Vista
Suisun
Vacaville
Vallejo -
Mare Island
Hotels
FAIRFIELD
VALLEJO
 
 

SONOMA COUNTY

Population: 472,7000 Historical Landmarks

 
Bodega Bay
Cloverdale
Cotati
Duncans Mill
Fort Ross
Guerneville   beach on river
Johnsons Beach  beach on river
Marshall
Monte Rio
   beach on river
Petaluma
Santa Rosa
Sea Ranch
Sebastopolbr>

Sonoma

 
Hotels
BODEGA
BODEGA BAY
HEALDSBURG
PETALUMA
SANTA ROSA 
SONOMA
 

   

TUOLUMNE COUNTY

was created in 1850. The name is of Indian origin.  Historical Landmarks


 
 
Gold Country

Tuolumne


Hotels

 

 
 

VENTURA

features Channel Islands National Marine Park, Perry Mason, mission, factory outlets.  VENTURA Landmarks Created in 1782 when Mission San Buenaventura was founded. Buenaventura means "good fortune." ventura.org
 

 
Camarillo

Channel Islands
La Conchita
Mussel Shoals
Oxnard
Point Mugu
Port Hueneme
Ventura

Hotels
CAMARILLO
FILLMORE
OJAI 
OXNARD
PORT HUENEME
VENTURA
SIMI VALLEY
THOUSAND OAKS

 

 
 

YOLO COUNTY

INCORPORATION DATE: 1850
YOLO. County seat, Woodland. Created February 18, 1850. In the original act of 1850 the name was spelled "Yola, which is an Indian tribal name Yo-loy meaning "a place abounding in rushes".
 

 
Davis - Mondavi Center

West Sacramento
Winters
Woodland

Hotels
 

 

 
 

YUBA COUNTY

Marysville

 


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