Sunset at Newport Beach

California favorite beaches

My top five beaches of California are:

 

Beach Reason
Newport Beach, O.C.
  • clean beach + water, also not overcrowded
  • stores and places to eat just around the corner
  • Newport Pier
  • beach walk
  • nice big waves
  • shallow à you can walk into the ocean, it does not getting deep that quickly
Balboa Beach, O.C.
  • clean beach + water, also not overcrowded
  • nice big waves directly at the shore
  • Balboa Pier
  • some stores and also places to eat just around the corner
  • place of lots of (body)surfers
  • steep à beware of rip currents!
Manhattan Beach, L.A.
  • clean, wide, sandy beaches
  • less crowded than Santa Monica
  • public parks with picnic tables, restrooms and so on
  • sports activities such as beach volleyball, swimming, body boarding and surfing
Mission Beach, S.D
  • really big beach with lot of space
  • beach walk
  • Balboa Park and other stores/restaurants right there
  • shallow à you can walk into the ocean, it does not getting deep that quickly
Moonstone Beach, Cambria
  • dark (almost) black sand
  • small beach between coastline
  • Without wetsuit it is definitely too cold to take a full-body-bath up here :D, but just to relax it is definitely suited
  • whale watching
  • beautiful sunsets