Northern California beaches include Anchor Bay, Manchester Beach, Glass Beach, Stinson Beach, McClures Beach, Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz Beach, Monterey Bay, Carmel Beach and Pebble Beach. For coastal sightseeing the options are Fort Bragg, Pacifica and Pacific Grove.
Anchor Bay lies between Point Arena and Gualala, with the bay actually facing south. The sand at Anchor Bay appears and disappears depending on seasonal weather patterns, and due to its location, storms hit the bay at full force.
Carmel Beach has ranked several times top 10 lists, according to Carmel-By-The-Sea, and it offers surfing, beach bonfires, wedding locations, scenic paths and the opportunity to see sea creatures such as sea otters, dolphins, humpback whales and sea lions.
Half Moon Bay has mild weather most of the year with cool summers and warm winters. As of 2014, snow has not reached Half Moon Bay since 1976, and it has a temperature average of 62.2 degrees F throughout the year. Attractions in Half Moon Bay include four historic sites, an annual Art and Pumpkin Festival in October, the remains of an abandoned village, waves for surfers that reach 50 feet tall and Montara Mountain.
Pebble Beach has nine golf courses, an annual auto show, several endangered species habitats and no sidewalks. Clint Eastwood, Condoleezza Rice and Alan Shepard are residents of Pebble Beach.
Manchester Beach stretches for 5 miles, and it often has driftwood on the beach due to its position. Stinson beach stretches for 3.5 miles, and it is part of the Golden Gate national recreation area.