California Beach List - California Beach Photos


California Beach List contains the beaches list with photo links and information for all the major California beaches. There are over 1,000 miles of California beaches along the California coast and approximately 118 beach cities. Beaches are dynamic landforms altered by wind and waves in a continual process of creation and erosion. Longshore transport can deliver up to a million cubic yards of sediment annually to a single beach. Sand deposited onshore by the longshore current is oscillated by waves breaking onto and receding from the beach. This continual onshore-offshore movement gradually pushes the sand along the beach edge. The California coastline has been divided into geographic segments called littoral cells, that incorporate a complete cycle of beach sediment supply, sand transport by the longshore current, and eventual permanent loss of sand from the littoral cell. The five types of littoral cells along the California coast...more

 

San Diego County Beach Cities  Orange County Beaches & Cities  Los Angeles County Beach Cities 
   Oceanside
   Carlsbad
   Leucadia
   Encinitas
   Cardiff
   Solana Beach
   Del Mar
   La Jolla
   Pacific Beach
   Mission Beach
   Ocean Beach
   Point Loma 
   San Diego
   Coronado

 

    Seal Beach
    Surfside
    Sunset Beach
    Huntington Beach
    Newport Beach 
    Balboa Island
    Corona del Mar
    Laguna Beach
    Dana Point
    Capistrano Beach 
    San Clemente

 

  Malibu
  Santa Monica
  Venice 
  Playa del Rey
  El Segundo 
  Marina del Rey 
  Manhattan Beach
  Hermosa Beach
  Redondo Beach
  Rancho Palos Verdes
  San Pedro 
  Long Beach: Naples
  Catalina Island 
 Beach List 
 1. Border Field State Park 
 2. Imperial Beach
 3. Silver Strand State Beach 
 4. Coronado Shores Beach 
 5. Coronado Beach 
 6. Ocean Beach City Beach 
 7. Ocean Beach Park 
 8. Mission Beach
 9. Pacific Beach 
 10. Tourmaline Surfing Park 
 11. La Jolla Strand Park
 12. Windansea Beach 
 13. Marine Street Beach 
 14. Children's Pool Beach 
 15. La Jolla Cove 
 16. La Jolla Shores Beach 
 17. Black's Beach 
 18. Torrey Pines State Beach 
 19. Del Mar City Beach 
 20. Seascape Shores 
 21. Fletcher Cove Park
 22. Tide Beach Park 
 23. Cardiff State Beach 
 24. San Elijo State Beach 
 25. Swami's 
 26. Boneyard Beach 
 27. D Street Viewpoint 
 28. Moonlight State Beach
 29. Stone Steps Beach (on partner site CaliforniaBeaches.com)
 30. Encinitas Beach
 31. Beacon's Beach 
 32. Ponto Beach 
 33. South Carlsbad State Beach 
 34. Carlsbad State Beach 
 35. Carlsbad City Beach 
 36. South Oceanside Beach 
 37. Oceanside City Beach
 38. Harbor Beach 
 39. San Onofre State Beach
 Beach List 
 1. San Clemente State Beach 
 2. San  Clemente City Beach 
        North Beach
 3. Poche Beach 
 4. Capistrano Beach 
 5. Doheny Beach
 6. Salt Creek County Beach 
 7. 1,000 Steps Beach 
 8. West Street Beach 
 9. Aliso Creek County Beach 

         Treasure Island Beach
 10. Crescent Bay Beach
 11. Christmas Cove Beach
 12. Goff Cove Beach
 13. Irvine Cove Beach
 14. Moss Point Beach
 15. Mountain Road Beach
 16. Oak Street Beach
       Agate St. Beach
       Cress St. Beach
 17. Pearl Street Beach
 18. Sleepy Hollow Beach
 19. St. Ann's Street Beach
 20. Thalia Street Beach
 21. Treasure Island Beach
 22. Wood's Cove Beach
 23. Victoria Beach
 24.
Brook's Beach  
 25. Bluebird Beach
 26. Main Beach 
 27. Picnic Beach  
 28. Rockpile Beach
 29. Diver's Cove
 30. Boat Canyon Beach
 31. Shaw's Cove
 32. Crescent Bay Beach 

 33. Crystal Cove State Park
 34. Little Corona del Mar Beach 
 35. Corona del Mar State Beach 
 36. Rocky Point 
 37. China Cove Beach 
 38. Bayside Dr. County Beach 
 39. West Jetty View Park 
 40. Balboa Beach 
 41. Newport Beach
       Municipal Beach 
 42. Santa Ana River
       County Beach 
 43. Huntington State Beach 
 44. Huntington City Beach 
 45. Bolsa Chica State Beach 
 46. Sunset Beach 
 47. Surfside Beach 
 48. Seal Beach
Beach List 
  1. Descanso Beach 
  2. Crescent Beach 
  3. Pebbly Beach 
  4. Ben Weston Beach 
  5. Little Harbor Beach 
  6. Little Fisherman's Cove 
  7. Alamitos Bay Beach 
  8. Belmont Shore
      Bayshore Beach
  9. Long Beach City Beach 
  10. Cabrillo City Beach 
  11. Point Fermin Park
  12. White Point County Park 
  13. Royal Palms County Beach 
  14. Abalone Cove Beach 
  15. Malaga Cove 
  16. Torrance County Beach 
  17. Redondo County Beach 
  18. Hermosa City Beach 
  19. Manhattan County Beach 
  20. El Porto Beach (on partner site CaliforniaBeaches.com)
  21. El Segundo Beach 
  22. Dockweiler State Beach
  23. Mother's Beach 
  24. Venice City Beach 
  25. Santa Monica State Beach 
  26. Will Rogers State Beach 
  27. Topanga County Beach 
  28. Las Tunas County Beach 
  29. Surfrider Beach 
  30. Malibu Lagoon County Beach 
  31. Dan Blocker County Beach 
  32. Escondido Beach 
  33. Paradise Cove
  34  Point Dume State Beach 
  35. Zuma County Beach 
  36. Broad Beach Malibu 
  37. El Matador State Beach 
  38. La Piedra State Beach 
  39. El Pescador State Beach 
  40. Nicholas Canyon County Beach 
  41. Leo Carillo State Beach 
  42. County Line Beach
Ventura County Beach Cities Santa Barbara County Beach Cities  San Luis Obispo County Beach Cities 
  Mussel Shoals
  Seacliff
  Ventura 
  Oxnard
 
Port Hueneme
  Lompoc
 Isla Vista 
  Goleta
  Santa Barbara
  Montecito 
  Summerland
  Carpinteria 
  San Simeon
  Cayucos
  Cambria
  Morro Bay
  Los Osos
  San Luis Obispo
  Avila Beach .
  Pismo Beach
  Grover Beach
  Shell Beach
  Oceano
  Arroyo Grande

 

 Beach List 

 1. Sycamore Cove Beach 
  2. Thornhill Broome Beach 
  3. Point Mugu Beach 
  4. Ormond Beach 
  5. Port Hueneme Beach Park 
  6. Silver Strand Beach 
  7. Channel Inds. Harbor Beach 
  8. Hollywood Beach
  9. Oxnard State Beach 
  10. Mandalay County Park 
  11. McGrath State Beach 
  12. Marina Cove Beach 
  13. Marina Park 
  14. San Buenaventura State Beach 
  15. Promenade Park 
  16. Surfer's Point 
  17. Emma Wood State Beach 
  18. Solimar Beach 
  19. Faria Beach County Park
  20. Rincon Parkway North 
  21. Hobson County Park 
  22. Oil Piers Beach 
  23. Mussel Shoals Beach 
  24. La Conchita Beach 

 

 Beach List 

1. Rincon Point (on partner site CaliforniaBeaches.com)
 2. Rincon Beach County Park 
 3. Carpinteria State Beach 
 4. Carpinteria City Beach 
 5. Lookout County Park 
 6. Miramar Beach 
 7. Hammonds Beach (on partner site CaliforniaBeaches.com)
 8. Butterfly Beach 
 9. East Beach
 10. West Beach 
 11. Leadbetter Beach 
 12. Mesa Lane Beach 
 13. Arroyo Burro Beach
     County Park 
 14. Goleta Beach County Park
 15. Isla Vista Beach 
 16. Coal Oil Point
      Natural Reserve 
 17. El Capitan State Beach
 18. Refugio State Beach 
 19. Gaviota State Park 
 20. Jalama Beach County Park 
 21. Vandenberg Air Force Base 
       Fishing  Access 
 22. Ocean Beach County Park 
 23. Point Sal State Beach 
 24. Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

 

  Beach List 

1. Pismo Dunes State Vehicular
      Recreation Area 
  2. Pismo State Beach 
  3. Avila State Beach 
  4. Olde Port Beach
  5. Montana de Oro State Park 
  6. Moro Dunes Natural Area 
  7. Bayshore Bluffs Park 
  8. Morro Bay State Park 
  9. Morro Rock and Beach 
  10. Morrow Strand State Beach
  11. Morrow Strand State Beach (North) (on partner site CaliforniaBeaches.com)
  12. Cayucos Beach 
  13. Cayucos State Beach
  14. Moonstone State Beach 
  15. San Simeon State Beach 
  16. W. R. Hearst Mem. State Beach
  17. Arroyo Laguna Beach
  18. Piedras Blancas Beach

Monterey County Beach Cities Santa Cruz County Beach Cities San Mateo County Beach Cities 
    Moss Landing
    Castroville
    Marina
    Seaside
    Sand City
    Salinas
    Monterey
    Pacific Grove
    Pebble Beach
    Carmel-by-the-Sea
    Big Sur

 

   Davenport 
   Santa Cruz 
   Capitola
   Aptos
   Le Selva 
  Daly City 
  Pacifica
  Montara 
  Moss Beach 
  El Granada 
  Miramar 
  
Half Moon Bay 
 Beach List 

1. Willow Creek Picnic Areaa 
 2. Jade Cove 
 3. Sand Dollar Picnic Area and 
    Beach 
 4. Mill Creek Picnic Area 
 5. Kirk Creek Campground 
 6. Limekiln State Park
 7. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park 
 8. Partington Cove (on partner site CaliforniaBeaches.com)
 9. Pfeiffer Beach 
 10. Andrew Molera State Park 
 11. Garrapata State Park 
 12. Point Lobos State Reserve 
 13. Carmel River State Beach 
 14. Carmel City Beach 
 15. Fanshell Beach 
 16. Moss Beach 
 17. Spanish Bay 
 18. Asilomar State Beach 
 19. Lover's Point 
 20. Shoreline Park 
 21. Macabee Beach 
 22. San Carlos Beach Park 
 23. Monterey State Beach ("Willows 
    on the Bay" unit) 
 24. Del Monte Beach 
 25. Monterey State Beach (Sand 
    Dunes Drive unit) 
 26. Monterey State Beach Seaside
 27. Marina State Beach 
 28. Salinas River State Beach 
 29. Moss Landing State Beach 
 30. Zmudowski State Beach 

  Beach List 

1. Palm Beach 
  2. Sunset State Beach 
  3. Manresa Uplands 
  4. Manresa State Beach 
  5. Lundborgh Beach
  6. Rio Del Mar Beach 
  7. Seacliff State Beach 
  8. New Brighton State Beach 
  9. Capitola City Beach 
  10. Hooper Beach 
  11. Key Beach 
  12. Pleasure Point Beach 
  13. Moran Lake Beach 
  14. Corcoran Lagoon Beach 
  15. Sunny Cove 
  16. Lincoln Beach 
  17. Twin Lakes State Beach 
  18. Seabright Beach 
  19. Main Beach 
  20. Cowell Beach 
  21. Steamer Lane 
  22. Lighthouse Field State Beach 
  23. Its Beach 
  24. Mitchell's Cove 
  25. Natural Bridges State Beach 
  26. Wilder Ranch State Park 
  27. Four Mile Beach 
  28. Red, White, and Blue Beach 
  29. Laguna Creek Beach 
  30. Yellowbank Beach 
  31. Bonny Doon Beach 
  32. Panther Beach 
  33. Davenport Beach 
  34. Davenport Landing Beach
  35. Scott Creek Beach 
  36. Greyhound Rock Fishing
       Access 
  37. Waddell Creek Beach

 

 Beach List 

1. Ano Nuevo State Reserve 
 2. The Fist 
 3. Gazos Creek Access 
 4. Pigeon Point 
 5. Pigeon Point Lighthouse 
 6. Bean Hollow State Beach 
 7. Pebble Beach 
 8. Pescadero State Beach 
 9. The Gulch 
 10. Pomponio State Beach 
 11. San Gregorio State Beach 
 12. San Gregorio Private Beach 
 13. Martin’s Beach 
 14. Cowell Ranch Beach 
 15. Pelican Point Beach 
 16. Francis Beach 
 17. Venice Beach 
 18. Dunes Beach 
 19. Miramar Beach 
 20. El Granada Beach 
 21. Pillar Point Harbor 
 22. Mavericks 
 23. James V. Fitzgerald Marine 
    Reserve 
 24. Montara State Beach 
 25. Gray Whale Cove SB 
 26. Pacifica State Beach 
 27. Rockaway Beach 
 28. Sharp Park State Beach 
 29. Esplanade Beach 
 30. Thornton State Beach 

San Francisco County Beach Cities Marin County Beach Cities Del Norte County Beach Cities
   San Francisco   Dillon Beach 
  Marshall 
  Inverness 
  Point Reyes Station
  Olema 
  Bolinas 
  Stinson Beach

 

  Smith River 
  Crescent City 
  Klamath

  (northernmost county)

 Beach List 
 1. Burton Beach 
 2. Fort Funston Beach 
 3. Ocean Beach 
 4. Lands End Beach 
 5. China Beach 
 6. Baker Beach 
 7. North Baker Beach 
 8. Crissy Field Beach
 9. Marina Green Beach 
 10. Aquatic Park Beach 
 Beach List   
 1. Kirby Cove 
 2. Bonita Cove 
 3. Rodeo Beach 
 4. Tennessee Cove 
 5. Muir Beach 
 6. Steep Ravine Beach 
 7. Red Rock Beach 
 8. Stinson Beach 
 9. Bolinas Beach 
 10. Agate Beach 
 11. Palomarin Beach 
 12. Wildcat Beach 
 13. Kelham Beach 
 14. Sculptured Beach 
 15. Santa Maria Beach 
 16. Limantour Beach 
 17. Drakes Beach 
 18. Point Reyes Beach South 
 19. Point Reyes Beach North 
 20. Abbotts Lagoon 
 21. Kehoe Beach 
 22. McClures Beach 
 23. Marshall Beach 
 24. Hearts Desire Beach 
 25. Shell Beach 
 26. Alan Sieroty Beach 
 27. Lawson's Landing 
 28. Dillon Beach

 

Beach List     
 1. High Bluff Beach 
 2. Wilson Creek Beach 
 3. Enderts Beach 
 4. Crescent Beach 
 5. South Beach 
 6. Beachfront Park 
 7. Pebble Beach 
 8. Point St. George 
 9. Lake Earl Wildlife 
   Area Beaches 
 10. Kellogg Beach 
 11. Clifford Kamph Memorial Park 
 12. Pelican State Beach 
Sonoma County Beach  Cities  Mendocino County Beach Cities  Humboldt County Beach Cities
  Sea Ranch 
  Jenner 
  Bodega Bay
   Westport 
   Ukiah 
   MacKerricher State Park 
   Fort Bragg 
   Caspar 
   Mendocino & Little River 
   Albion 
   Elk & Point Arena 
   Gualala & Anchor Bay
  Trinidad 
  McKinleyville 
  Arcata 
  Eureka
  Loleta
  Ferndale
  Honeydew & Petrolia 
  Shelter Cove
Beach List 

  1. Doran Beach Regional Park 
  2. Campbell Cove 
  3. Westside Regional Park 
  4. Bodega Head 
  5. Bodega Dunes 
  6. South Salmon Creek Beach 
  7. North Salmon Creek Beach 
  8. Miwok Beach 
  9. Coleman Beach 
  10. Arched Rock Beach 
  11. Carmet Beach 
  12. Schoolhouse Beach 
  13. Portuguese Beach 
  14. Gleason Beach 
  15. Duncan's Landing 
  16. Wright's Beach 
  17. Shell Beach 
  18. Blind Beach 
  19. Goat Rock Beach 
  20. North Jenner Beaches 
  21. Russian Gulch 
  22. Vista Point 
  23. Fort Ross Reef 
  24. Fort Ross Cove 
  25.Timber Cove 
  26. Stillwater Cove Regional Park 
  27. Ocean Cove 
  28. Gerstle Cove 
  29. Stump Beach 
  30. Fisk Mill Cove 
  31. North Horseshoe Cove 
  32. Black Point Beach 
  33. Pebble Beach 
  34. Stengel Beach 
  35. Shell Beach 
  36. Walk-On Beach 
  37. Gualala Point Regional Park 

Beach List 

 1. Gualala River 
 2. Fish Rock Beach 
 3. Schooner Gulch Beach 
 4. Bowling Ball Beach 
 5. Moat Creek Beach 
 6. Arena Cove Beach 
 7. Manchester State Beach 
 8. Greenwood Creek SB 
 9. Navarro River Beach Access 
 10. Albion Flat 
 11. Van Damme State Park 
 12. Mendocino Headlands
       State Park 
 13. Russian Gulch State Park 
 14. Caspar Headlands State
       Reserve 
 15. Caspar State Beach 
 16. Jug Handle State Reserve 
 17. Noyo Harbor 
 18. Glass Beach 
 19. Pudding Creek Beach 
 20. Virgin Creek Beach 
 21. MacKerricher State Park 
 22. Seaside Creek Beach 
 23. Chadbourne Gulch 
 24. Wages Creek Beach 
 25.Westport-Union Landing
      State Beach 
 26. Usal Beach 
 27. Little Jackass Creek Beach 
 28. Bear Harbor Beach 
 29. Needle Rock Beach 
 30. Jones Beach

Beach List 

 1. Dead Man's Beach 
 2. Shelter Cove 
 3. Little Black Sands Beach 
 4. Black Sands Beach 
 5. Mattole River Beach 
 6. Centerville Beach Co. Park 
 7. Crab County Park 
 8. South Spit & Jetty 
 9. Samoa Dunes Rec. Area 
 10. Mad River Beach C. Park 
 11. Clam Beach County Park 
 12. Little River Beach Co. Park 
 13. Moonstone Beach 
 14. Luffenholtz Beach 
 15. Baker Beach 
 16. Indian Beach 
 17. Trinidad Head 
 18. Trinidad State Beach 
 19. College Cove 
 20. Agate Beach 
 21. Big Lagoon County Park 
 22. Dry Lagoon 
 23. Stone Lagoon 
 24. Freshwater Lagoon 
 25. Redwood Creek Beach 
 26. Orick Fishing Access 
 27. Gold Bluffs Beach 
 28. Carruthers Cove Beach 

 

 

The five types of littoral cells along the California coast are each characterized by a different littoral process determined by the geographic features unique to the cell type.  Guests who haven't visited the 450 California beaches often ask what the water looks like and how is the sand. Is it anything like the clear blue water at the Bahamas where East Coast residents enjoy smooth sand beaches, lawn chairs and cocktails served? California beaches are not usually like that and we've yet to find one to fit that description. The beaches range in sand quality from coarse to fine sand, rocks to pebbles. The coastal waters near the beach in the Pacific Ocean seldom tops 75 degrees on the warmest summer day in Southern California. The color is not usually clear though in some locations you can see a few feet in depth. The color of the water ranges from aquamarine to a deep green and occasionally brownish-red during red tide.  Most beaches do not allow alcoholic beverages; the beaches are mostly public and usually require guests to bring their own beach chairs and gear.  In case you wonder why the beaches are so popular, they offer rugged, natural scenic beauty. With well over 15 million people living near the state's beaches, the climate is a major factor in attracting so may people to this location. The Pacific Ocean's affect keeps the air temperatures enjoyable throughout the year. Many people do not own air conditioning in their homes along the coast. Also, the ocean waves can provide a great surfing experience, something that's contributed to California's multi-billion dollar surfing industry.  Heal the Bay's Beach Summer Report Card was released with some real winners in water quality improvements and a few losers. 

 

 

 

One type of cell is defined by a long stretch of coastline that begins at a headland and terminates in a submarine canyon, such as at Mugu Canyon in Ventura County and La Jolla Canyon in San Diego County; another cell type consists of a large river delta bounded on either side by rocky headlands, such as at Humboldt Bay; a third type of littoral cell is defined by a crescent-shaped by downcoast of a promontory, like Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County; and a fourth type of cell consists of a rocky headland downcoast of a beach where waves break in a line parallel to the shore, as at Ten Mile Beach in Mendocino County. Finally, lagoons and closed bays with restricted tidal flow create a fifth type of littoral cell, such as Bolinas Bay in Marin.  

 

Characteristic differences between Northern and Southern California beaches depend upon the directions of prevailing wind and upon local coastal geology. Along California's north coast, cove or pocket beaches are common where the granitic and basaltic rock that composes the sea cliffs has been sculpted by prevailing northwesterly winds and battered by high energy waves over millions of years. In Southern California, beaches often consist of long ribbons of sand interrupted by widely separated rocky points. The bluffs of easily eroded shales and sandstones that edge the coast here continuously crumble away, creating on even coastline over time.  

 

Some beach types are found along both Northern and Southern California coasts. Narrow cove beaches like those at Laguna Beach in Orange County form where the coast is composed of conglomerate rock and hard sandstone; even when exposed to direct wave attack this rock type is highly resistant to erosion. The narrow beaches formed within there coves often lose all their sand during winter storms, exposing the underlying cobbles, as at Boomer Beach, south of Point La Jolla in San Diego County. Barrier beaches and sand spits are also present along the coast at river mouths, bays, and lagoons; examples are Silver Strand Beach in San Diego, Zuma Beach in Malibu, and beaches at the Smith, Salinas, Pajaro, and Santa Maria River mouths.  

 

Beaches vary in color according to the mineral content of the sand, which is also a clue to the origin to the eroded sediments that make up the sand supply. Eroded shale cliffs create the charcoal gray beach sand at Shelter Cove in Humboldt County. North of Humboldt Bay, the coarse sands of Agate Beach are multicolored agates that have been ground and polished by the surf. Ground quartz and feldspar mineral make up the white beaches of Carmel, while a few miles to the north in Sand City, amber colored sand indicates the presence of iron mineral. Close inspection reveals that white sand beaches are mosaic of pale quartz grains, pink, green or white feldspar and flecks of black mica.  Beaches are inhabited by a variety of invertebrates and insects.  More

 


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