Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Best Northern California Beaches

My dad calls NorCal the Hinterland. Seems that every time he visits, the imfamous fog blankets the coast, creating a chill that seeps through the skin and touches bone. Though I spend most of June and July cursing this cold region, what I rarely tell people who don't live in Northern California is that we have some glorious beach days. We get these weeklong stretches of sunny weather that drives locals to the beach to act like real Californians. So where are the best beaches? Here is a list of my favorites.

Hike-In Beaches
Julia Pfeiffer State Beach, Big Sur
Point Lobos State Park, Carmel
Wildcat Beach, Pt Reyes

Sunbathing Beaches
Seabright Beach, Santa Cruz
Baker Beach, San Francisco
Stinson Beach, Marin

Surf Beaches
Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz
Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Mavericks, Half Moon Bay

Family-Friendly Beaches
Pacifica Beach, Pacifica
Half Moon Bay Beach, Half Moon Bay
Carmel Beach, Carmel
Main Beach, Santa Cruz

Other Notable Beaches
Limantour Beach, Pt Reyes
McClures Beach, Pt Reyes
Fort Funston, Daly City

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