Top 10 SoCal BeachesFebruary 1, 2017 by Gregory Corman
There is no shortage of spectacular beaches in Southern California. Still, there will always be the best of the best. We’ve rounded up the top 10 beaches in Southern California for you.
- Santa Monica Beach. The spirit is always festive in Santa Monica Pier: bright lights, amusement park rides, and delicious carnival food keep the atmosphere entertaining. The best treat that Santa Monica has to offer, however, is a truly gorgeous view of the sunset.
- Laguna Beach. An artist’s enclave, Laguna Beach is one of the most attractive spots in Southern California. Clean and calm waters in varying shades of blue delight sea lovers, and the occasional surf breaks keep surfers stoked.
- Crystal Cove State Park. Featuring over 3 miles of secluded beach and thousands of acres of untouched woodland, Crystal Cove State Park is an outdoor wonderland. Striking natural formations such as tidal pools and coves entice visitors and the marine life is rich and thriving.
- Coronado Central Beach. Coronado’s main beach is a particular favorite amongbodysurfers, swimmers, and sand sculptors during the summer. Once winter sets, whale watchers gather.
- Catalina Island. Scuba divers, snorkelers, weekend warriors, and more find refuge in Catalina Island, located 22 miles off the SoCal coast. Tour the island on horseback or go on a scenic hike on one of Catalina Island’s many trails.
- El Matador Beach. Known as the best stretch of beach in Malibu, tranquil El Matador Beach is the perfect setting for a seaside picnic or a sunset dinner. Arrange a date and explore El Matador’s collection of stunning coves and nooks.
- La Jolla Cove. La Jolla Cove’s waters arehome to a diverse marine life; a breeding ground a healthy population of garibaldi, leopard sharks, and yellowtails. Though the beach is small, this protected area is one of the most photographed beaches in SoCal.
- Venice Beach. Aside from the sand, sea, and surf in Venice Beach, what truly makes this place to special is the people who frequent it. You’ll meet all sorts of interesting people in Venice Beach.
- Hermosa Beach. This 1.5-mile stretch of beach is action-packed. Surfers, paddleboard enthusiasts, fitness buffs, and the most prolific volleyball players in town all converge in Hermosa Beach.
- Newport Beach. With its beachside estates, million-dollar yachts, and chic shopping district, Newport Beach’s coastal charms attracts the wealthy and the glamorous. But of course, let’s not forget the beach with its silky sand and blue waves.