The best beach for a California beach vacation
Do you fancy a California beach vacation? Finding a perfect beach for a vacation in California is not that easy. The most beautiful beaches in California line up between Santa Barbara and San Diego along the Pacific coast from north to south. These are among the most beautiful beaches on the west coast of the USA.
Since the water off the coast of California north of Santa Barbara is too cold for swimming due to cold ocean currents, our tour begins in Santa Barbara with its East Beach. In the north you can see the Santa Ynez Mountains, to the south is the Stearns Wharf with its yachts. Santa Barbara has about 300 sunny days on average. And those who come on Saturday can browse the offerings of up to 250 artists exhibiting at the Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show.
Zuma Beach - a vacation in California at Malibu
Approaching Malibu on Hwy 101, you're on the lookout for a series of cars parked close to the Pacific Coast Highway. This indicates that you are approaching Zuma Beach. If you see an empty parking space here, take it. Or pay the parking fee for the large parking lot. On this beach you can also relax perfectly - just bring a towel, bathing suit and time, and spend the day on the beach. (Map)
What should pack for your California beach vacation:
- Beach towel* This beach towel is especially practical. It's light, looks fancy, dries quickly. So it can be used as a beach towel, as a pareo or even as a chic scarf.
- Slippers * Bathing shoes should not be missing on many beaches in California. Not all beaches are sandy. Some go “tide pooling”, which means they climb over rocks to tidal pools to collect shells or other things. You need non-slip shoes that can get wet.
- Sun hat* "It never rains in Southern California" - the Beach Boys were right with their song. Therefore, a sun hat is a must for a beach vacation on California's beaches. This is particularly practical because it can be folded up and easily fits into a handbag or suitcase.
- Reading material for the beach holiday We've put together a list of easy holiday reading that's perfect for the beach.
California beach vacation at Los Angeles
Los Angeles beaches line up along the Pacific coast in the suburbs that stretch from Malibu to far south, the perfect start for you Road trip in California, However, the "Best Beaches in California" are not directly in the Los Angeles catchment area. Due to the vastness of MegaCity Los Angeles, it is not always easy to reach these beaches. Therefore, these offers, which you can book through our partner Get your Guide, offer a practical solution. And of course there are also great activities on these beaches.
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Cabrillo Beach - perfect for a California beach vacation with kids
Before San Pedro you can find Cabrillo Beach. Cabrillo Beach consists of two beaches. One is protected behind the breakwater. This beach is suitable for families with children. On the pier you can cast your fishing rod or just go to the end to get another view of the beach. In a park on the coast is the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
The second beach is outside the breakwater and is exposed to the surf. This beach is a true paradise for those who enjoy tidepooling. What is Tidepooling? In the steep cliffs on this coast ponds are formed, in which sea animals are stranded at low tide. With a little luck, you will find starfish, sea anemones, crabs, mice and other animals that are otherwise comfortable in the water. When the next flood arrives, the animals will be washed back into the sea. It's fun to look around the tide pools for stranded sea creatures. You just have to be careful. Because the surf on this coast is unpredictable and wild. (Map)
California beach vacation at Huntington
Laguna Beach California USA - one of the most beautiful beaches in California
Laguna Beach is more natural. One of the most beautiful stretches of beach in this place is Heisler Park with its bougainvillea-lined paths and rocky outcrops that reach into the sea. (Map)
Enjoy a California beach vacation at San Diego
La Jolla Cove - one of the most beautiful beaches in California
You live in La Jolla if you belong to the affluent part of San Diego's population. But it is also a place for families with children who like to explore the sea caves, look for starfish in the tide pools, or climb the cliffs bordering the city center. (Map)
California beach vacation at San Diego
San Diego has a number of beautiful beaches that are worth a visit. One you should not miss is Coronado Beach in San Diego with its beach hotel, the Hotel Del Coronado. The charm that radiates from this five-star hotel also lends a special charm to the offshore Pacific beach. However, military planes fly over the beach at irregular intervals as they approach the nearby military base. Special San Diego Hotel Tips * you can find under this link. Do you want the beaches of San Diego with children * experience? Via this link you will find hotels with family rooms near the beach. (Map)
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How to travel to your beach holiday California
United and other airlines fly to San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Car hire for your trip to the best beaches in California:
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Travel Guides for California * you can find on Amazon.de.
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