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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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Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Laguna Beach, California, United States of America
2
1,000 Steps Beach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
1,000 Steps Beach 1, 000 Steps Beach - Laguna Beach, California
3
Huntington Beach Pier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Huntington Beach, California, USA
4
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Carlsbad, California, United States of America
5
Coronado is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
San Diego, California, United States of America
6
La Jolla Shores is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
La Jolla, California, United States of America
7
Newport Beach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Newport Beach, California, United States of America
8
Crystal Cove State Park ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Laguna Beach, California, United States of America
9
Manhattan Beach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Manhattan Beach, California, United States of America
10
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
11
Malibu Lagoon State Beac... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Malibu, California
12
Dana Point is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Dana Point, California, United States of America
13
Oceanside is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Oceanside, California, United States of America
14
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Encinitas, California, United States of America
15
Zuma Beach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Malibu, California, United States of America
16
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Santa Monica, California, United States of America
17
Point Loma, San Diego is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Point Loma, California, United States of America
18
Trestles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
San Clemente, California, United States of America
19
Sunset Beach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Huntington Beach, California, United States of America
20
Pacific Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Pacific Beach, California, United States of America
21
Hermosa Beach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Hermosa Beach, California
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Mission Beach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
San Diego, California, United States of America
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Venice Beach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Venice Beach Venice Beach, California
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Balboa Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Balboa Beach Balboa Beach - Balboa Peninula, Newport Beach, California
25
Point Dume is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Southern California Beaches
Malibu, California, United States of America