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Picture-Perfect Northern California Beaches: Bring Your Camera

Stroll down some of the most beautiful beaches in the world right here in Northern California. From the wide sandy beaches of San Mateo County to the rugged coastline of Del Norte County, there are hundreds of photogenic beaches to explore and enjoy.

Watch monarch butterflies and dig for clams at Pismo State Beach, or head up the coast to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for carnival rides and games. Go beachcombing on remote Bodega Dunes and find bluff-top hiking trails at Fort Funston Beach. Montara State Beach is cradled by soft sandstone cliffs, while Greenwood State Beach is dotted with driftwood. Search for treasures on Glass Beach at MacKerricher State Park. At Seaside Beach, follow the natural rock tunnel at low tide to discover a hidden cove. Play in kid-friendly waters at Russian Gulch State Park north of Mendocino, and go birding at Centerville Beach near Humboldt. Immerse yourself in the freedom and natural beauty of Northern California beaches.

Natural Bridges State Beach

Natural Bridges State Beach.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

You'll find stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, and a fun-filled day when you visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Home to the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster, this is the ultimate fun-zone in Santa Cruz. Ready for a thrill? Try riding the Tsunami, the Hurricane or the Crazy Surf.

The Haunted Castle is ready for screaming fans and the Sea Swings will have you dangling. No visit would be complete without riding the historic 1911 Looff Carousel. The variety of Arcade games, Laser Tag, Mini Golf, restaurants and shopping round out your Central Coast California visit.

Seacliff State Beach

Seacliff State Beach.

Pismo State Beach

Spend the day having fun at Pismo State Beach, located along the pacific coast in the central coast region. Whether you enjoy surfing, hiking, swimming, surf fishing or relaxing in the sun, this state beach delivers on it all. Many visitors love to dig in the sand for the famous Pismo clam.

Bring your camera to snap some shots of the colony of monarch butterflies or rent an ATV for exploring. Conveniently located in Pismo Beach, this beach and park yields fun-filled days. Ride some waves, relax on the beach, enjoy a picnic, then hit the road to continue your adventure along Highway 1, California's "All-American-Road."