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20 Top-Rated California Coastal Towns You Must See

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20 Top-Rated California Coastal Towns You Must See

Introduction - Whether you're planning to visit one or go on a road trip to see all, check out this list of...

 

La Jolla

Coastal town 1 - About fifteen minutes from Downtown San Diego, the upscale beach town of La Jolla inhabits a craggy coastline with no...

 

Pismo Beach

Coastal town 2 - In Pismo Beach, you can take a docent-led hike through the Pismo Preserve, go golfing at nearby Avila Beach, or...

 

Morro Bay

Coastal town 3 - Morro Bay is among the smaller of the CA coastal cities on this list and offers a slower pace of...

 

Laguna Beach

Coastal town 4 - Moving further from San Diego towards Los Angeles and into Orange County, the next of the coastal California towns is...

 

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Coastal town 5 - Carmel-by-the-Sea is perhaps most famous as the town that Clint Eastwood once "Mayored," in real life, and this one-square-mile town...

 
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Encinitas

Coastal town 6 - Encinitas is one of the original surf towns in California and has attracted beach bums and misfits alike for nearly...

 
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Sausalito

Coastal town 7 - Protected from the sprawl of San Francisco by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito has maintained a small-town identity...

 

Capitola

Coastal town 8 - The colorful Capitola is the next of the California coastal towns you'll want to see. This once small town has...

 

Santa Barbara

Coastal town 9 - Santa Barbara's history stretches back to the founding of the Mission Santa Barbara in 1786 by the Franciscan Friars The...

 

Bodega Bay

Coastal town 10 - Getting further into Northern California, there are now some truly remote towns on the coast of California. Bodega Bay is...

 

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