Blessed with more than 800 miles of Pacific coastline, California has a wealth of beaches, from broad sandy expanses to cozy coves hemmed by rocky cliffs. So, you’d be forgiven for assuming that Californians spend every spare moment splayed out on a towel, sipping a cold-pressed juice to the tune of crashing surf.
However, a recent report by UCLA and San Francisco State found that locals are hitting the beach less, deterred by the cost of getting there and the gamble of trying to find a reasonably priced place to ditch the car once they do. Still, there’s no need to forsake sun and sand altogether.
Scattered up and down the coast, these easy-access California shores are reason enough to stop making excuses and start packing your beach bag.