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Old 10-26-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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Central/Souther California's most beautiful beach?

Ok, so we're going to DL this weekend and we'll have a free day to go sight-seeing. Does anyone have suggestions as far as what the most beautiful beach is in Central and Southern California?

I now the West Coast is very different from the East Coast, but still would like to find a nice , clean, sandy beach. It can be small, large, half moon shaped, "straight" shaped, deep or shallow water (though being able to wade around in the water would be a plus), whatever, as long as it's clean, not so crowded, and easy to get too (no cliffs! )

We'll be driving between SF and L.A. so anything below Anaheim is out, as is anything in the SF Bay Area (Lived there before so we are all set in that regard).

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Old 10-26-2011, 11:13 PM   #2
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There are alot of nice ones, but my vote is for Hunington Beach. It is about a 20 min Drive from DLR - straight shot - and it has nice, upscale shops, a beautiful stretch of beach, plenty of shopping.

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I dont have much experience in heaps of the beaches....

But we have been to Venice Beach / Santa Monice Beach. They are crowded but easy to get to and a great experience.

We also went to Laguna Beach. It was really lovely.


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For Central California, I'd vote for Carmel beach. Gorgeous wide, white sand beach with great views of Pebble Beach.

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In San Diego area its touch to beat Coronado Beach.

When driving highway 1/101 I really enjoy a stop at Avila Beach. Very scenic area and not nearly as crowded as other beaches. Have to eat breakfast or lunch at Fat Cats!! A small diner but fantastic food.
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If its not too late then I pick Corona Del Mar. It's just south of Newport Beach. It's got the perfect crescent shape.
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Originally Posted by GrandBob View Post
For Central California, I'd vote for Carmel beach. Gorgeous wide, white sand beach with great views of Pebble Beach.

I have to agree! I visited here a few years ago when I stayed with my brother who lives in Seaside, Ca. It's just beautiful!
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