There are few better places to get such a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge than Baker Beach. With the spectacular combination of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, and the wild wildlife playing in the close tides, this beach is the perfect place for a beach day topped off with a barbeque at the killer-view picnic area.
1504 Pershing Dr, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 561-4323
/north-america/usa/california/articles/way-more-than-pony-rides-the-best-horse-barns-and-programs-in-la/Located a few miles North of Highway 1 is the small town of Muir Beach, where you will find not only stunning beaches, but also a river of salmon, pastures, and wildlife galore. Other than conventional beach activities like tanning and beach ball, you can ride horses, fish, and boogie board in gnarly waves.
Have you been to Santa Cruz? Well whether you have or not, New Brighton State Beach is exactly where you want to be in Santa Cruz. The beach is long, large, and clean, and almost year-round you can see otters and dolphins and whales playing very close to the shore. Just a few miles up the road is downtown Capitola and downtown Santa Cruz which have amazing shopping, food, and the exact laid-back culture you would expect from the Santa Cruz hippies.
1500 Park Ave, Capitola, CA, USA +1 (831) 464-6329
Beach lovers of all ages love Panther Beach because of all of the amazing photo opportunities provided by the massive rock formations and scenic arch. When the tide goes down you are able to walk out and see the vibrant tide-pools that are alive as ever.
Have you ever seen sea urchins, anemones, crabs, and sea stars all in the same place at the same time? Well the tide-pools at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz are flourishing, and just inland is a large population of California’s finest Monarch Butterflies. Through the park is Moore Creek which runs out to the ocean, forming a salt marsh on its way out.
2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA, USA +1 (831) 423-4609
By Amanda Jones