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The Best Southern California Beaches

List RulesBeaches 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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    Laguna Beach

    Laguna Beach, California
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    San Diego, California
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    1,000 Steps Beach

    1, 000 Steps Beach - Laguna Beach
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    Huntington Beach Pier

    Huntington Beach, California
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    La Jolla Shores

    La Jolla, California
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    Malibu State Beach

    Malibu, California
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    Santa Monica

    Santa Monica, California
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    Laguna Beach, California
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    Main Beach

    Main Beach - Laguna Beach, California
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    Santa Catalina Island

    Santa Catalina Island, California
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    Leo Carrillo State Beach

    Leo Carrillo State Beach - Los Angeles, CA
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    Encinitas, California
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    Hermosa Beach

    Hermosa Beach, California
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    Newport Beach

    Newport Beach, California
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    Aliso Beach

    Aliso Beach, Laguna Beach
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    Manhattan Beach

    Manhattan Beach, California
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    San Onofre State Beach

    San Onofre, California
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    Point Loma, San Diego

    Point Loma, California
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    Salt Creek Beach

    Salt Creek Beach - Dana Point, California
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    Venice Beach

    Venice Beach, California
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    Thalia Street Beach

    Thalia Street Beach - Laguna Beach, California
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    El Matador Beach

    El Matador Beach - Malibu, California
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    Los Angeles, California
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    Abalone Cove

    Abalone Cove - Palos Verdes, California
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    Lechuza Beach

    Malibu, CA