15 Best Beaches in California

California, the Golden State, is known for its endless summers, so it is the perfect place for a beach holiday. With some of the best beaches in the world, it is easy to spend a whole break relaxing on soft sand and ignoring all of the top-class tourist attractions California has to offer. But there are so many great beaches to choose from in California it can be hard to know where to start. Here is our guide to 15 of the very best beaches people should plan to visit during a California holiday. Sun, sand, scenery – they’re all right here.

1. Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach

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Huntington Beach

USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice contest for Best California Beach in 2016 was Huntington Beach and it is clear to see why this particular beach came out on top. The beach, which is known as Surf City USA due to its fantastic waves, is home to the International Surfing Museum. The US Open of Surfing takes place at Huntington Beach every year, but even non-surfers will find plenty to love here. The beach itself is nearly ten miles long and is very popular with families, while there is also a section designated as a special dog beach. This is a great spot for kite surfing too.

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