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.
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.
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)
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
Caspar Headlands State Beach
Pt. Cabrillo Light Station and Preserve
Navarro River Redwoods State Park
Manchester State Park
Point Arena Lighthouse
Gualala Point Regional Park
Stillwater Cove Regional Park
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Westside Regional Park
Doran Regional Park