By Erika Owen
Updated: March 13, 2017

It's a sad truth: Not everyone can spend their days off digging their toes into the sand to the methodic soundtrack of waves crashing against the shore. Luckily for those of us without a beach destination in the near future, California-based photographer Brendan Lim put his drone to work capturing stunning aerial shot's of his home state's coasts.

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The two locations featured in this short film—San Gregorio Beach in Half Moon Bay and Thornton Beah in Daly City—are plenty to tide you over until your next long weekend. Or, it might have the opposite effect: pushing you to switch plans and book a bus ticket to the nearest waterfront. Either way, check it out above.

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Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.