Best California Coastal cities and beach towns

Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara is a charming upscale beach town that is situated just an hour north of Los Angeles in Southern California. Every corner of Santa Barbara is aesthetically pleasing - from the red-tiled clay buildings to the pristine coastlines.


Carmel is scenic with a European vibe with a lovely downtown area filled with European-styled buildings with art galleries, boutique stores, bakeries, take-out specialty food venues, and a host of bars and restaurants to choose from.


Avila Beach


This charming town offers up all the fun beach-related activities you could wish for—from swimming in the ocean, to kayaking, to building sandcastles. But beyond this, you’ll also find there are plenty of other activities to enjoy.

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is one of the must visit coastal towns in California, especially if you are road tripping from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It is located at a convenient halfway point between the two cities.


La Jolla

La Jolla is simply stunning. Whether you are looking for long, white sandy beaches or stunning cliffs, La Jolla has it all. This upscale California beach town should definitely be on your list of places to soak up the SoCal vibe.


Laguna Beach

Possibly the most picturesque beach town in Orange County is Laguna Beach. With 30 different little coves and beaches, the cutest downtown area filled with boutique shops, restaurants with rooftop views, and a massive wilderness park, there are so many reasons to visit Laguna Beach!


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