California isn’t just sprawling beach-filled cities. It’s also long, ocean-facing cliffs, giant trees, high mountains, and unspeakably hostile deserts. The beaches tend to be what everyone is most interested in. Unfortunately, that tends to means the beaches in all the major cities tend to be filled with both locals and tourists. OROGOLD knows this makes it hard to enjoy the beach and relax. You can avoid this hassle by simply opting to stay away from the larger cities though. Plenty of towns are strewn along the coast itself with their own beaches. Each one combines the beauty of the beach with a pleasant smaller town flair that makes them their own experiences. Here are some of the better beach towns you can find by roaming the California coast.
This city is a bit larger than a “town”, but it offers a number of beach options to anyone looking to enjoy the coast. The different beaches can cater to simply swimming and sunning to a particular area that local surfers swear by. Geographically, the area offers more than just the beaches though for those seeking something a bit more active. Bluffs and other areas make it good for hiking. Fishing is also always an option and even encouraged if you’re willing to brave the surf. Nothing is stopping you from roaming the pier though and seeing what the locals are catching that day. It may not be the largest place in California, but Pacifica’s regional flair makes it a nice alternative to the likes of Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Easily forgotten when competing against major destinations, Avila is actually a hidden gem of California. Its central beach faces south and the geography helps shield it from worse parts of weather. Waves remain a bit calmer and it actually manages to get more sun in the state where it seems like nothing ever escapes the touch of the sun. The town has an interesting history in and of itself and it makes its beach a point of pride as a result. You can readily swim in the waters and, thanks to the cleanliness of them, you’re likely to have friendly visitors as you do. OROGOLD does remind you that wildlife remains wild. It is best not to bother any of the “locals” even if they come nearby.
Bodega Bay is nestled away amidst some of California’s rockier coastline, but don’t let that fool you. The town itself is highly welcoming with a lot of small town flavor. Despite that, they are more than happy to have visitors. Their sheltered beach is ideal for enjoying some quiet time without worrying about whether there are undercurrents in the water that will turn a quick dip into a more strenuous activity than you intended. Surfing, kayaking, and hiking all have a place for visitors to the town thanks to its location. While it welcomes tourists, there is generally plenty of room on the beach and, if not, you can probably find a nice out-of-the-way patch of sand to enjoy even then.
There are even more beach towns in California than the ones we’ve discussed here. Some of the best might even be awaiting discovery by someone with a taste for small town American. The ultimate truth out of all of this is that you don’t need to stick to locations everyone automatically knows when it comes to planning a sun-filled beach getaway. OROGOLD recommends that you try one of these locations instead and enjoying yourself away from the hectic nature of a big city. Take your time and enjoy the piers. Try to pick up a new hobby like surfing or kayaking. These smaller, eclectic destinations may not be major cities, but you can still find people to teach you new ways to enjoy California.