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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...

 

Santa Cruz

Coastal Town 1 - At the far northern end of Monterey Bay, you'll find the quirky Santa Cruz. Along with many smaller, hidden beaches...

 

Santa Monica

Coastal Town 2 - Santa Monica is the last of the Los Angeles, CA beach towns to see on this list. Once you arrive...

 

Fort Bragg

Coastal Town 3 - The moody coast of Fort Bragg is great for nature lovers. Beachcombers will love the menagerie of colorful stones on...

 

Pismo Beach

Coastal Town 4 - In Pismo Beach, you can take a docent-led hike through the Pismo Preserve, go golfing at nearby Avila Beach, or...

 

Crescent City

Coastal Town 5 - Finally, the northernmost of the California coastal cities on this list is Crescent City, near the border of Oregon. In-and-around...

 

Capitola

Coastal Town 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - Getting further into Northern California, there are now some truly remote towns on the coast of California. Bodega Bay is...

 

Venice Beach

Coastal Town 9 - Venice Beach and its world-famous boardwalk are cultural staples of the Los Angeles area. It was created as the "Coney...

 

Carlsbad

Coastal Town 10 - About halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles, you'll find the town of Carlsbad. It's a resort community with a...

 

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