What Are Some of the Top-Rated Beaches in California?


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Top-rated California beaches include Coronado, Hermosa and Crystal Cove State Park. These three sandy beaches are located between Los Angeles and San Diego and attract swimmers, surfers and sunbathers.

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Coronado Beach is located along Ocean Boulevard in San Diego. The beach is 1 1/2 miles long and runs in front of the Hotel del Coronado. Mica in the sand gives the beach a silvery sheen. Whale watchers gather on the beach from December to February each year. Dog owners can let their pets off-leash at Dog Beach at the extreme north end of Coronado Beach.

Hermosa Beach is located in an affluent suburb of Los Angeles. This beach is 1 1/2 miles long and features volleyball nets and a paved walkway for walkers and bicyclists. Shops and cafes line the beachfront. The sand is pristine and appropriate for sand castle building. Other activities include surfing and paddle boarding.

Crystal Cove State Park is located between the Pacific Coast Highway and the Pacific Ocean north of Laguna Beach. The park includes over 3 miles of coastline, a 1,400-acre marine conservation area and 2,400 acres of canyons. The state park popular with mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders inland and scuba and skin divers offshore. Swimmers can explore tide pools and sandy coves. Visitors can camp in the 34 camp sites in three designated camping areas. Wildlife includes 180 bird species and 26 reptile species.

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