Rio Del Mar State Beach

Aptos Creek meets the Pacific Ocean at Rio Del Mar, sometimes creating a summertime lagoon. Photo by Garrett McAuliffe.

A vacation rental hotspot on the bay.

Año Nuevo SP

Elephant seal mothers and pups at Ano Nuevo. Photo credit: MonicaSP54 on Creative Commons.

World-class wildlife viewing on a windswept point.


A mob of longboarders on a sunny day at Cowells surf break. Photo credit: Hilltromper

Easygoing waves on the Westside.

Greyhound Rock

Looking down on long Greyhound Rock from the Highway 1 bluffs. Photo by Finitor on flickr.

Secluded coves and tidepooling on the North Coast.

Bonny Doon Beach

Bonny Doon  Beach: We call it "clothing optional optional."

Tan lines. Who needs 'em?

Moss Landing Surf Break

A guy in a wetsuit surfing a big, cold-looking wave in the afternoon. Photo credit: Patty Bruno.

Consistent, heavy beach break.

26th Avenue Surf Break

Skimboarder on 26th Avenue surf break in Santa Cruz. Photo credit: Mark Grissom.

Pleasure Point’s scrappy little brother.

Manresa State Beach

Wisps of evening fog settle over the sand at Manresa State Beach. Hilltromper photo.

Miles of empty beach in either direction.