California Dreaming: 5 of the Golden State's most iconic beaches

Whether you’re looking to surf, sunbathe or simply take in the awe-inspiring sunsets, California is one of our favourite timeshare destinations where you can escape the chill of winter.

If you’re headed to the Golden State to soak up the rays and the relaxed atmosphere soon, here are the best beaches to visit.

1)    Coronado Beach

Remember how captivating Marilyn Monroe looked in Some Like It Hot?  Just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown San Diego, this is the very beach she was filmed on – and it’s a great one for all the family. The surf is mainly calm and quiet and it’s a good vantage point for whale-spotting, while couples can enjoy a romantic walk to the luxe Hotel del Coronado to sip on cocktails while watching the Pacific Ocean waves. Coronado is a charming, relaxed beach town with plenty of healthy cafes, great burger joints and cute coffee shops that will remind you of times gone by.

2)    La Jolla

The softly lapping turquoise waters of La Jolla Cove are ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving. The area is also ecologically protected, making it a safe haven for the bright orange Garibaldi fish. This area is known as “the jewel” of San Diego – and it’s easy to see why.

3)   Pismo Beach

Founded by the Chumash Indian Tribe, Pismo Beach is slap-bang in the middle of California’s vast coastline, right between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Enjoy a spot of fishing on the 1,200-foot-long pier, stroll through the Monarch Butterfly Grove, or hop on a horse and ride along the private trails.

4)   Venice Beach

One of the most filmed beaches in the world, how many times have you spotted Venice Beach in the background while watching an American movie?  It’s  also one of the world’s most famous beaches, thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Muscle Beach. However, Venice Beach isn’t just for flexing your biceps. Wandering along the promenade to people watch, listening to the sunset drumming circles and watching some of the talented star performers along the boardwalk is all part of the totally laid back, eccentric VB experience…

5)   Baker Beach

Lying west of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge is the rocky shoreline of Baker Beach. Although strong tides make swimming unsafe, there are some beautiful photographic opportunities, with panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

 

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