California State Beaches

California State Beaches are listed here from north to south, with an additional alphabetical list below. The list only includes officially designated state beaches. These vary considerably. Some have extensive facilities, including such things as visitors centers, campgrounds, restrooms, lifeguards, snack bars, and more. Others are undeveloped areas where you can take a walk and enjoy the beauty of the coast.





This Map of California State Beaches is color-coded to designate the four different regions: North Coast, Bay Area, Central Coast and South Coast.


Northern California Beaches

Del Norte County

Pelican

Humboldt County

Trinidad
Little River

Mendocino County

Westport Union Landing
Caspar Headlands
Greenwood
Schooner Gulch


Bay Area and San Francisco Beaches

San Mateo County

Pacifica (Linda Mar Beach)
Gray Whale Cove
Montara
Half Moon Bay
San Gregorio
Pomponio
Pescadero
Bean Hollow

Santa Cruz County

Natural Bridges
Lighthouse Field
Twin Lakes
New Brighton
Seacliff
Manresa
Sunset


Central Coast Beaches

Monterey County

Zmudowski
Moss Landing
Salinas River
Marina
Monterey
Asilomar
Carmel River

San Luis Obispo County

Cayucos
Morro Strand
Pismo

Santa Barbara County

Point Sal
Refugio
El Capitán
Carpinteria

Ventura County

Emma Wood
San Buenaventura
McGrath
Mandalay


Southern California Beaches

Los Angeles County

Robert H. Meyer Memorial
Point Dume
Malibu Lagoon
Will Rogers
Santa Monica
Dockweiler

Orange County

Bolsa Chica
Huntington
Corona del Mar
Doheny
San Clemente

San Diego County

San Onofre
Carlsbad
South Carlsbad
Leucadia
Moonlight
San Elijo
Cardiff
Torrey Pines
Silver Strand


Alphabetical List of California State Beaches

County names are in parentheses.

Asilomar (Monterey)
Bean Hollow (San Mateo)
Bolsa Chica (Orange)
Cardiff (San Diego)
Carlsbad (San Diego)
Carmel River (Monterey)
Carpinteria (Santa Barbara)
Caspar Headlands (Mendocino)
Cayucos (San Luis Obispo)
Corona del Mar (Orange)
Dockweiler (Los Angeles)
Doheny (Orange)
El Capitán (Santa Barbara)
Emma Wood (Ventura)
Gray Whale Cove (San Mateo)
Greenwood (Mendocino)
Half Moon Bay (San Mateo)
Huntington (Orange)
Leucadia (San Diego)
Lighthouse Field (Santa Cruz)
Little River (Humboldt)
Malibu Lagoon (Los Angeles)
Mandalay (Ventura)
Manresa (Santa Cruz)
Marina (Monterey County)
McGrath (Ventura County)
Montara (San Mateo)
Monterey (Monterey)
Moonlight (San Diego)
Morro Strand (San Luis Obispo)
Moss Landing (Monterey)

Natural Bridges (Santa Cruz)
New Brighton (Santa Cruz)
Pacifica (San Mateo)
Pelican (Del Norte)
Pescadero (San Mateo)
Pismo (San Luis Obispo)
Point Dume (Los Angeles)
Point Sal (Santa Barbara)
Pomponio (San Mateo)
Refugio (Santa Barbara)
Robert H. Meyer Memorial (Los Angeles)
Salinas River (Monterey)
San Buenaventura (Ventura)
San Clemente (Orange)
San Elijo (San Diego)
San Gregorio (San Mateo)
San Onofre (San Diego)
Santa Monica (Los Angeles)
Schooner Gulch (Mendocino)
Seacliff (Santa Cruz)
Silver Strand (San Diego)
South Carlsbad (San Diego)
Sunset (Santa Cruz)
Torrey Pines (San Diego)
Trinidad (Humboldt)
Twin Lakes (Santa Cruz)
Westport Union Landing (Mendocino)
Will Rogers (Los Angeles)
Zmudowski (Monterey)