The Best California Beaches to Travel to This Summer

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Summertime is the perfect time for a beach trip – and what state has more beaches than California? Here, our PHL parking company did some research to find the best ones, from secluded shorelines to popular piers, here are some of the best beaches on the west coast:

Natural/Wildlife

Natural Bridges State Beach

Where: Santa Cruz
What You’ll Find: otters, seals, birds, a monarch butterfly preserve

Pfeiffer Beach

Where: Big Sur
What You’ll Find: Keyhole Arch rock formation, hiking trails, purple sands

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Where: Loleta
What You’ll Find: shorebirds, geese, swans, seals, sea lions, fish

Ocean Beach

Where: San Diego
What You’ll Find: green Amazon parrots, fish, funky shops

Popular/Touristy

Venice Beach

Where: Los Angeles
What You’ll Find: A 1.5-mile-long boardwalk, street performers, funky murals

Huntington City Beach

Where: Huntington Beach
What You’ll Find: world-class surfing, volleyball courts, a paved boardwalk called “The Strand”

Carmel Beach

Where: Carmel-by-the-Sea
What You’ll Find: Cyprus tree-lined sands, dogs, the Scenic Bluff Path

Coronado Beach

Where: Coronado
What You’ll Find: the Hotel del Coronado and iconic mansions, a dog beach, family atmosphere

Santa Monica Beach

Where: Santa Monica
What You’ll Find: Santa Monica Pier, biking and walking paths, mountain views

Secluded/Scenic

Baker Beach

Where: San Francisco
What You’ll Find: Rugged serpentine cliffs, views of the Golden Gate Bridge

El Matador State Beach

Where: Malibu
What You’ll Find: Sea caves, pristine sands, tidal pools, swells

Beach at Alamere Falls

Where: Point Reyes Natural Seashore
What You’ll Find: a waterfall to the ocean, seaside cliffs, a hiking trail

Andrew Molera State Beach

Where: Big Sur
What You’ll Find: a river crossing, undeveloped sands, crystal clear waters

Which beach sounds like your kind of beach? Wherever you go, don’t forget to make a PHL parking reservation with Winner! We’ll park your car safely and look after it while you’re away.