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Top beach recommendations from locals

Beach
“One of the main landmarks of Huntington Beach, also known as "Surf City, USA", the pier is the center of the city's prominent beach culture. A popular meeting place for surfers. ”
  • 117 locals recommend
Pier
“Great place to go for food, exploring & you can join boat charters to Catalina Island, whale watching (seasonal), etc.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Beach
“One of the best kept beaches in all of Southern California this gemstone lies on the border between Dana Point and Laguna Beach. If you're looking to get away from it all head on down to Salt Creek Beach where the grass is green and the sand is fine and you'll enjoy the waves sunshine and California tanning”
  • 53 locals recommend
Beach
“This beach is 60 miles northwest from The Nest but is ranked one of the top beaches in the nation. The water at Laguna is generally clean and calm, though occasionally the Pacific tends to be cool with strong tides. Clean, white and warm, Laguna's sands are perfect for strolling or simply unwinding on a blanket. Laguna Beach has multiple beaches, state parks, museums and art galleries. ”
  • 276 locals recommend
Pier
“Ready to get out for a stroll along the beach, some sight seeing, local food and drink...this is the spot!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Beach
“Beautiful homes, and beautiful views. Take a hike down to big corona beach, or watch the sunset from the vista - charming town to stroll or enjoy the weekly farmers market. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Beach
“This is known for all of its art galleries. If you like art, go! Also, during the summer there is a sawdust festival and "pageant of the Masters" Amazing!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Beach
“This is in Laguna Beach, so it's a bit far and the beach itself can be sort of hard to find. In order to access the beach you're going to have to go down (and eventually back up when you want to leave) hundreds (not really thousands) of steps. But the hike is oh so worth it. It's also usually not filled with people which is nice and leaves the beach clean and pristine, there's also a little cave you can venture into if you'd like. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Beach
“This is the hub of art life in southern california with most significant california artsists being represented at one of the local galleries. My happy place! ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Beach
“This is where Kevin surfs, its a great beginner/intermediate spot with plenty of nice waves. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Great for calm water kayaking or standup paddle, beautiful nature and tour the waterfront homes”
  • 13 locals recommend
Beach
“I love this beach. Small but amazing and perfect for sunsets. Great restaurants near by and so charming”
  • 13 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Highest number of VW vans you’ll see. One of the last beachside parking bonfire experiences left.”
  • 9 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Great beach with so many events and cool places to check out including shopping, restaurants, bar, etc.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Beach
“A great spot to enjoy a calm beach with the kiddos, and has a great playground ocean front. There is also a seasonal snack kiosk.”
  • 11 locals recommend