The Best Southern California Beaches

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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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  • Coronado
    1
    San Diego, California, United States of America
  • La Jolla Shores
    2
    La Jolla, California, United States of America
  • Laguna Beach
    3
    Laguna Beach, California, United States of America
  • Zuma Beach
    4
    Malibu, California, United States of America
  • Sunset Beach
    5
    Huntington Beach, California, United States of America
  • Huntington Beach Pier
    6
    Huntington Beach, California, USA
  • Crystal Cove State Park
    7
    Laguna Beach, California, United States of America
  • Newport Beach
    8
    Newport Beach, California, United States of America
  • Malibu State Beach
    9
    Malibu, California
  • 1,000 Steps Beach
    10

    1,000 Steps Beach

    1, 000 Steps Beach - Laguna Beach, California
  • Manhattan Beach
    11
    Manhattan Beach, California, United States of America
  • Pacific Beach
    12
    Pacific Beach, California, United States of America
  • Dana Point
    13
    Dana Point, California, United States of America
  • Mission Beach
    14
    San Diego, California, United States of America
  • Point Dume
    15
    Malibu, California, United States of America
  • Balboa Beach
    16

    Balboa Beach

    Balboa Beach - Balboa Peninula, Newport Beach, California
  • Oceanside
    17
    Oceanside, California, United States of America
  • Santa Catalina Island
    18
    Santa Catalina Island, California, United States of America
  • Santa Monica
    19
    Santa Monica, California, United States of America
  • Santa Barbara
    20
    Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
  • Carlsbad
    21
    Carlsbad, California, United States of America
  • Trestles
    22
    San Clemente, California, United States of America
  • Hermosa Beach
    23
    Hermosa Beach, California
  • Venice Beach
    24

    Venice Beach

    Venice Beach, California
  • Main Beach
    25

    Main Beach

    Main Beach - Laguna Beach, California