As Summer fast approaches, we’re headed to the beach! There’s no better time to feel the sea breeze and gaze out onto the ocean than during the warm summer months, and California has some of the most beautiful coastal towns out there!
With over 800 miles of coastline, there’s a lot to cover, from cold and windy rocky beaches to warm sandy beaches. Let’s start from the top!
Fort Bragg, California
We’re starting in Fort Bragg, California, just under 4 hours from San Francisco. Gaze at the beautiful stretch of waterfront that features colorful, broken pieces of tiny sea glass that has washed up on the shore. Of course Pomo Bluffs Park and Pudding Creek Beach are also a must. Explore a number of coastal redwoods, stunning views and plenty of walking trails along the water to enjoy the view. When you’ve worked up an appetite, try one of the many farm to table restaurants. Make your way to Mendocino and discover the selection of amazing restaurants and bars.
Next stop on our best coastal towns list takes us to the charming town of Capitola. With its quaint streets, laid back attitude, and candy colored cottages, this village has a very European feel. Relax at the family friendly beach or take a surf lesson from one of the many available instructors. Play pickle ball with the locals, or just enjoy the view from the beachfront restaurants and bars. Stay steps from the sand when you browse and book Capitola vacation rentals direct on CaliStays.com
Pajaro Dunes, California
One of our favorite coastal towns is Pajaro Dunes, this gorgeous area is located just south of Capitola. It’s got wide open sandy beaches, perfect for taking long walks on and ocean views that go on for miles. Take a load off at the Fish House Bar and Grill or grab a bite at the Beach Street Cafe. Pajaro Dunes will relax and re-set you. Book a Pajaro Dunes vacation home direct through CaliStays.com.
Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara is a must on the best coastal towns of California list. This coastal town is an elegant and sophisticated beach town with top of the line shopping, dining and drinking. It’s star-studded streets are the perfect place to stroll before heading to the beach on a social cycle beer bike for some fun in the sun. Enjoy the palm-lined beaches and the outdoor recreation.
The final stop on our list of most beautiful coastal towns in California is Oceanside, near San Diego in Southern California. Oceanside is a charming little town with a marina and shop. Take a walk along the pier and feel as if you're on the edge of the world with the wind in your hair and the sound of waves crashing below. Give surfing a whirl and visit the surfing museum that traces the sport’s history with a surfboard collection and exhibits on famous surfers. Go on a hike, grab an afternoon beer with amazing ocean views. At the end of the day, return home to a luxury Oceanside vacation home, just around the corner from the beach.
There’s plenty of beach to go around! Book your stay, pack you bags, and explore the many beautiful coastal towns that California offers.