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Looking to visit some of California's beaches, but don't know where to start? Check out this video to find out the Travel Channel's top 10 picks for California's best beach getaways.
Here's a quick summary of the beaches mentioned:
Cornado Beach — Dubbed “The Island” by locals because it’s a peninsula connected to the mainland, you can walk almost everywhere in this beach area. Swim, surf or sail on this beautiful (kind of an) island!
Pismo Beach — Located on California’s central coast is Pismo Beach, which is exceptional for its proximity to many local wineries. Also, you can go horseback riding on the beach here (and isn't that everybody's dream anyway?).
Main Beach — Santa Cruz’s Main Beach has a boardwalk that’s been in operation since 1907. But wait — there’s more. Check out the Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster and the Looff Carousel.
Huntington Beach — Home to the International Surfing Museum and 8 miles of beach, Huntington Beach was immortalized by songwriters Jan & Dan in the 1960s with “Surf City."
Venice Beach — Definitely the most eccentric beach on this list is Venice Beach, where you can check out street vendors, street performers, fortune tellers and artists. Like the video says, this place is more about the scene than the sand.
Photo of Laguna Beach: Patrick Pelster
Baker Beach — This little beach isn’t much, but you can catch some amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge from here, as well as some nude sunbathers if that’s more your thing.
Zuma Beach — One of the state’s most popular beaches, Zuma Beach has been the setting of many famous movies and TV shows over the decades. Catch some sun or a possible celebrity sighting here.
El Matador State Beach — Surf year-round at this photogenic beach. And if you have kids, take them to the beach’s tide pools.
Laguna Beach — With pleasant weather year-round, Laguna Beach is more than a TV show. It boasts many annual events and concerts, and some of the nicest beaches in California.
Dockweller State Beach — While it might not be the most scenic beaches, Dockweller Beach is one of the few beaches that allows bonfires. So it might be better suited for partying than surfing.
So if you're planning a trip to California anytime soon, make sure to check out at least a couple of these gorgeous beaches. And if you live near one of these beaches? We're pretty jealous.