Northern California Beaches

The Best of the North Coast

Northern California beaches are scenic and wild. They’re great for camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, surfing, and so much more. Or you can spend your Northern California vacation just relaxing and enjoying the scenery and the wildlife. 

There are some outstanding choices for California beach camping (including dog friendly beaches), or check out the Sonoma coast for abalone diving. There are beaches where you can see herds of Roosevelt elk, or get a good view of migrating grey whales. 

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Northern California beaches

The list includes the best California beaches on the rugged North Coast. You'll find detailed information on the beaches by clicking on the links. The list is arranged by county, going from north to south.

Del Norte County Beaches

Pelican State Beach

Tolowa Dunes State Park and Lake Earl Wildlife Area

Redwood National Park and Redwood State Parks:

  • Crescent Beach in Redwood NP
  • Enderts Beach in Redwood NP
  • Wilson Creek Beach in Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP
  • Lagoon Creek in Redwood NP
  • Hidden Beach in Redwood NP
  • Requa Overlook in Redwood NP
  • Gold Bluffs Beach in Prairie Creek Redwoods SP

Humboldt County Beaches

Prairie Coast Redwoods State Park: Gold Bluffs Beach

Humboldt Lagoons State Park and Harry A Merlo State Recreation Area

Patrick's Point State Park: Agate Beach

Trinidad State Beach

Luffenholtz Beach and County Park (Humboldt County Parks)

Moonstone Beach (Humboldt County Parks)

Clam Beach (Humboldt County Parks)

Mad River Beach (Humboldt County Parks)

Humboldt Bay

  • Manilla Dunes Recreation Area
  • Samoa Beach
  • Samoa Dunes Recreation Area (Bureau of Land Management)

Centerville County Park and Beach (Humboldt County Parks)

California Lost Coast: includes King Range NCA and Sinkyone Wilderness SP

King Range National Conservation Area: Mattole River Beach and Black Sands Beach

Mendocino Beaches

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

Westport Union Landing State Beach

MacKerricher State Park

Glass Beach

Mendocino Botanical Gardens

Jug Handle State Reserve

Caspar Headlands State Beach

Pt. Cabrillo Light Station and Preserve

Russian Gulch State Park

Mendocino Headlands State Park

Van Damme State Park

Navarro River Redwoods State Park

Greenwood State Beach

Manchester State Park

Point Arena Lighthouse

Bowling Ball Beach and Schooner Gulch State Beach

Sonoma Beaches

Gualala Point Regional Park

Salt Point State Park

Stillwater Cove Regional Park

Fort Ross State Historic Park

Sonoma Coast State Park

Westside Regional Park

Doran Regional Park

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