Visit The California Coast!

The California coast holds some of the most spectacular views and experiences of any coastline in the world. 

This stretch of land and sea is one of the longest in the United States, and encompasses natural wonders like sand cliffs, as well as cultural centers like Los Angeles.  ”The Golden Coast” of California is often just a short trip from busy urban areas and is waiting to be explored!

Every mile has something new. There’s a scenic photo waiting to be taken, a trail to be trekked and a beach with your name on it!  It’s no wonder the ancient leatherback sea turtle, has been visiting the waters off our shores for millions of years. Maybe it’s about time you see for yourself why they keep coming back to our coast.

Learn more about the North, Central and Southern California Coasts below.

San Clemente beach. Photo by Patrick Pelster.

San Clemente beach. Photo by Patrick Pelster.

The North Coast

The North Coast, sometimes called the redwood empire, is dominated by acres upon acres of giant redwood trees. These are the tallest trees in the world and they line the coast and are often blanketed in Pacific fog. Many historic lighthouses punctuate the North Coast and peer out from scenic points, which jut out into the ocean. Reaching all the way down to the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, the North Coast is a must see.

North Coast. Photo by Adbar.

North Coast. Photo by Adbar.

The Central Coast

Some of the most breathtaking views mark the Central Coast, as its sheer cliffs and jagged rocks drop straight into the crashing waves of the ocean.  This stunning beauty can be experienced through a drive along Highway 1, the world-renowned coastal road, and at numerous beaches and coastal parks.  Many small craft-oriented communities dot the central coast, allowing visitors to contrast the rugged coast with fine food and art. As you travel, it’s easy to learn about nature at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and other learning centers line this coastline.

Central California Coast. Photo by Joe Milmoe / USFWS.

Central California Coast. Photo by Joe Milmoe / USFWS.

The Southern California Coast

The Southern California Coast continues through the shining beaches of Los Angeles and San Diego before crossing into Mexico. The warm waters and expansive sandy beaches make the sun rich south coast a natural destination for travelers and locals alike. Be sure to keep the beaches clean and pristine while you enjoy the sun and the sand and maybe even get involved with a beach cleanup during your stay.

Photo by Karen Fasimpaur

Surfside, Calif. Photo by Karen Fasimpaur.

Be a California Sea Turtle Hero – Visit Your California Coast!

Now it’s even easier to explore all these wonders along the California Coastal Trail, traversing the whole coast and leading to some of the most impressive sights the coast has to offer.

  • Visit CaliforniaCoastalTrail.info to learn about the The California Coastal Trail (CCT) and its “network of public trails for walkers, bikers, equestrians, wheelchair riders and others along the 1200-mile California coastline.”
  • Go to CoastWalk.org to get involved in building the trail and to find organized coast walks throughout the year.
  • Explore www.Coastal.Ca.Gov/access/ctrail-access.html to learn more about how to access the coast by trail!
View of San Francisco from Coastal Trail in Marin Headlands. Photo by Tim Adams.

View of San Francisco from Coastal Trail in Marin Headlands. Photo by Tim Adams.