travel The Best Southern California Beaches  

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List Rules Beaches located in Southern California only.

Sunny, Southern California has some of the best beaches around, no matter the season. This list explores the most beautiful beaches SoCal has to offer - everything from iconic beaches like Venice Beach and Newport Beach, to a lesser-known beaches like One Thousand Steps and Aliso Beach. Some of these beaches are staples in movies, and some you may never have heard of until now.

All the beaches on this list are sure to make you crave some time on the sand at some of the prettiest beaches in Southern California. With plenty of beaches to choose from, this list is sure to help you plan that next beach trip - whether it is a relaxing day in the sun on the boardwalk in Laguna Beach, or a day out with your pups at the dog beach in Huntington Beach - there are plenty of beaches to help satisfy your beach craving.  
 

The weather in Southern California is beautiful year-round, so even if you don’t get a chance to make it to these beaches during the summer season, you can still visit them any time of the year! Visiting these beaches off-season is sure to provide you with a more authentic experience in many of these small beach communities and famous beaches across Southern California.

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36 8
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Laguna Beach Laguna Beach, California, United States of America

2
19 7
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Carlsbad Carlsbad, California, United States of America

3
17 6
Huntington Beach Pier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Huntington Beach Pier Huntington Beach, California, USA

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13 4
Newport Beach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Newport Beach Newport Beach, California, United States of America

5
11 3
Crystal Cove State Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Crystal Cove State Park Laguna Beach, California, United States of America

6
12 5
Manhattan Beach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Manhattan Beach Manhattan Beach, California, United States of America

7
12 5
La Jolla Shores is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
La Jolla Shores La Jolla, California, United States of America

8
9 3
Coronado is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Coronado San Diego, California, United States of America

9
8 3
1,000 Steps Beach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
1,000 Steps Beach 1, 000 Steps Beach - Laguna Beach, California

10
9 4
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Encinitas Encinitas, California, United States of America

11
7 3
Zuma Beach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Zuma Beach Malibu, California, United States of America

12
11 8
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Santa Monica Santa Monica, California, United States of America

13
7 4
Point Dume is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Point Dume Malibu, California, United States of America

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7 4
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

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7 4
Hermosa Beach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Hermosa Beach Hermosa Beach, California

16
6 3
Mission Beach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Mission Beach San Diego, California, United States of America

17
5 2
Dana Point is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Dana Point Dana Point, California, United States of America

18
5 2
Doheny State Beach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Doheny State Beach Dana Point, California, United States of America

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10 8
Venice Beach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Venice Beach Venice Beach, California

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7 5
San Clemente is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
San Clemente San Clemente, California, United States of America

21
7 5
Malibu Lagoon State Beach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Malibu State Beach Malibu, California

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6 4
Santa Catalina Island is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Santa Catalina Island Santa Catalina Island, California, United States of America

23
5 3
Oceanside is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Oceanside Oceanside, California, United States of America

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4 2
Trestles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Trestles San Clemente, California, United States of America

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4 2
Sunset Beach is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Sunset Beach Huntington Beach, California, United States of America

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4 2
Pacific Beach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Pacific Beach Pacific Beach, California, United States of America

27
4 2
Thalia Street Beach is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Thalia Street Beach Thalia Street Beach - Laguna Beach, California

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3 1
Abalone Cove is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Abalone Cove Abalone Cove - Palos Verdes, California

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3 1
Lechuza Beach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
arun added Lechuza Beach Malibu, CA

30
3 1
Point Loma, San Diego is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Point Loma, San Diego Point Loma, California, United States of America

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6 5
El Matador Beach is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
El Matador Beach El Matador Beach - Malibu, California

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5 4
Main Beach is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Main Beach Main Beach - Laguna Beach, California

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3 2
Leo Carrillo State Beach is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Leo Carrillo State Beach Leo Carrillo State Beach - Los Angeles, CA

34
2 1
Aliso Beach is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Aliso Beach Aliso Beach, Laguna Beach, California

35
6 6
Marina del Rey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Marina del Rey Los Angeles, California, United States of America

36
5 5
Dockweiler State Beach is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Dockweiler State Beach Playa del Rey, California

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4 4
Balboa Beach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Balboa Beach Balboa Beach - Balboa Peninula, Newport Beach, California

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3 3
San Onofre State Beach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
San Onofre State Beach San Onofre, California, United States of America

39
3 3
Salt Creek Beach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Salt Creek Beach Salt Creek Beach - Dana Point, California

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2 3
Huntington Dog Beach is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Huntington Dog Beach Huntington Beach, California

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2 3
Will Rogers State Beach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Will Rogers State Beach Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California

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1 3
Playa del Rey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Playa del Rey Playa del Rey, California, United States of America