With a relaxed vibe and some of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the state, the beaches of Southern California make for the perfect getaway. From trendy Laguna Beach to the picturesque town of Avalon, these are some of SoCal’s must-visit beach destinations.
Located on Catalina Island, Avalon is a quaint and picturesque beach town with its own unique charm. With a restriction on vehicles, the lack of traffic makes this primarily a walking community, although there is a trolley, plus golf carts and bikes, to help you to get around. Main Street is the hub of Avalon, home to everything from local boutiques and eateries to a beautiful stretch of sand. Surrounded by the immaculate Avalon Bay, views from Avalon are always incredible, no matter where in the town you may be.
Consisting of a seven mile stretch of soft sand, Laguna Beach has just about everything that you could imagine. From art galleries to water sports to a pulsating nightlife scene, this is a destination that merges art and nature with its laid-back beachy ambience. With its convenient location halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles, Laguna Beach makes for the perfect beach getaway, even if you only have a few days to spare.
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Beach has rightfully earned itself the reputation of being a fun-filled destination, with the Santa Monica Pier being at the center of this. With everything from arcade games to bumper cars to the Looff Hippodrome Carousel, which is over a century old, as well as the only solar powered Ferris wheel in the world, there is an entire day of fun to be had at the Santa Monica Pier. In terms of the actual beach, it is quite the haven for those that enjoy outdoor activities, whether this may be swimming and surfing, or beach volleyball and outdoor chess.
La Jolla Cove
While La Jolla Cove may be one of the smallest of Southern California beaches, consisting of a compact crescent of sand between looming limestone cliffs, it is also one of the most photographed. One of the highlights of La Jolla Cove is the fact that it is protected by the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, which makes it an excellent spot for snorkelling and scuba diving, as visibility extends for up to 30 feet underwater.
El Matador Beach
While the majority of Southern California’s best-known beaches offer everything from beach bars to beach sports, El Matador Beach has none of this, and this is exactly what makes it so special. Famous for being the most idyllic stretch of sand in Malibu, there is nothing to do at El Matador Beach other than enjoy the actual beach, from taking in the fiery sunsets to exploring the many hidden nooks and coves.
Not only does Southern California have some of the best beach destinations in the state, but many would consider them to be some of the finest in the world. From the incredible natural beauty of La Jolla Cove to the outdoor activities of Santa Monica Beach, each of these SoCal destinations are definitely worth considering the next time you are planning a beach vacation.