By Travel + Leisure
Updated: January 24, 2017

Southern California is a beachgoer’s paradise. But which beaches top our list? Just beyond the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, in Santa Barbara, Butterfly Beach lures the local crowd—and monarch butterflies. For people watching, Venice Beach can’t be beat. While there, don’t miss the laid-back shopping along Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Sandy surfers who prefer peaceful waters to surging swells will love Laguna. Pass the day on a stand-up paddleboard.