Little River State Beach fishing and boating from a small launch ramp at the beach.
Trinidad State Beach Hike trails to beach, surf fishing, panorama view of the Pacific Ocean, surfing access.
MacKerricher State Park - great campsite, 3 miles north of Fort Bragg, 142 sites, facilities, dump station, near the ocean and Lake Cleone, lots of short hikes $16
Seaside Creek Beach is between Fort Bragg and Westport and a great hiking spot with plenty of seclusion. Free parking.
Surfers head to
Surfer's Beach, just south of Pillar Point Harbor, with waves ranging from a few inches to several feet. Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay State Beach - 1 mile south of Half Moon Bay to Kelly Avenue, west on Kelly two miles to the park, 51 sites, dump station, beach access, no reservations but this is a very busy park, arrive early
James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is a great place to observe coastal tidepools at low tide. From Moss Beach take California St to the coast, Half Moon Bay.
Monterey State Beach is a favorite place for surfers and tidepool watchers, kayaking, kite-flying and volleyball. Between Monterey and Seaside.
San Simeon Beach is located near the historic town of San Simeon along Highway One and gives visitors the opportunity to hike, swim, fish and beachcomb. Camping available.
Morro Strand State Beach is a coastal frontage park featuring outstanding picnic sites. Camping is also available.
Morro Bay State Park features lagoon and natural bay habitat. The bays most prominent landmark is Morro Rock. The park also has a colorful marina and an 18-hole public golf course and camping is also available.
Montana de Oro State Park is a real treasure with 8,000 acres of cliffs, streams, canyons and sandy ocean beaches. Primitive and equestrian campgrounds and miles of trails to explore.
Lopez Lake - Great camping location 15 miles south of San Luis Obispo and minutes from Pismo Beach. Drive along the coast to Arroyo Grande and stay in one of 354 campsites scattered around the lake. Swimming, fishing, boating, sailing, more.
Santa Barbara County maintains 25 parks with a host of activities available. Horesback riding, surfing, swimming, or just walking on beautifully maintained beaches are all available at Santa Barbara parks.
Ocean Beach, west of Lompoc, offers beach access, BBQ grills, picnic tables, playground, restrooms.
Gaviota State Park is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking and surf fishing. Gaviota Peak offers a view of the coast and the Channel Islands. Camping is first come, first serve.
Twelve miles south of Santa Barbara,
Carpinteria State Beach offers a mile of beach for swimming, surf fishing, tidepool exploring and camping.
Moderate ocean temperature at
Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura makes the area a great place for swimming, surfing and fishing. Camping is first come, first serve.
San Buenaventura State Beach, located in the city of Ventura, has two miles of sandy beach, sand dunes, picnic sites, a parking lot, a snack bar and a beach-equipment rental shop. A 1,700-foot pier has a snack bar, restaurant and bait shop.