Almaden Lake Park is San José's only park featuring a sand beach and swim area. Fish, boat, hike, wind surf, picnic and play volleyball or horseshoes. A snack bar offers beverages and light foods. Small shade canopies, inflatable kayaks, pedal... more
Located on the Monterey Peninsula in the city of Pacific Grove, Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds State Park provides visitors numerous opportunities for a variety of scenic walks along the State beach, Coast Trail, and through the Asilomar... more
A secluded little area of golden sand, perfect for a picnic or just a stroll.   The views of the GG Bridge and across to Kirby Cove are amazing. more
White sand, beautiful sunsets, native cypress trees, walks, surfing, kites, sunbathing and picnics. Open 6am to 10pm. There is no leash law for dogs and fires are permitted on the beach south of 10th Avenue. Public restrooms and a public telephone... more
China Beach is a small cove in San Francisco's Sea Cliff neighborhood. It lies between Baker Beach and Lands End and is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area... The China Beach Cove was surrounded by walls that was once a camp for Chinese... more
A great beach for beginner surfers. Cowell's is easily accessed by stairs off of West Cliff Drive or by surfers paddling out from the beach north of the wharf. Check out the current conditions at Cowell's. more
Four miles of broad, sandy beaches stretch out to welcome visitors to Half Moon Bay. This picturesque setting is ideal for sunbathing, fishing and picnicking. A campground provides accommodations for those who wish to visit longer. The Half Moon Bay... more
The most well-loved and well-used beach in Pacifica!  Beach and parking lots hours are 5am to 10:30pm during Daylight Savings Time (Daylight Savings Time usually ends the first Sunday in November and resumes the second Sunday in March) 5am to 7... more
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Manresa State Beach features a beautiful expanse of sea and sand, with surf fishing, surfing, and recreation.  more
Pescadero is a farming and ranching community near the Pescadero Marsh, a wildlife refuge. Pescadero Creek, the longest stream in San Mateo County, is an annual creek that empties into the Pacific Ocean near the town. Pescadero State Beach has sandy... more
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The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, just east of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and a short walk from downtown Santa Cruz, has enjoyed over a century of storied summers. It’s one of only two remaining seaside amusement parks on the West Coast, with... more
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Stinson Beach is about a 35-minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge on California's Highway 1. It is near important attractions such as Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, and Mount Tamalpais. It has a long beach, where the cold water promotes... more