Summer will be here before you know it, and that means long and leisurely days at the beach are right around the corner. Whether your ideal beach day includes sunbathing, swimming, playing volleyball, snorkeling, building sand castles, or perhaps all of the above, SoCal beaches are the perfect destination for a hot summer day. Here are 12 beaches around Southern California where we will be spending our time this summer. Which beach is your favorite place to spend a day with your toes in the sand?
1. La Jolla Cove
A magical little spot in La Jolla that's perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling and people watching.
2. San Clemente State Beach
The most popular beach in all of California is the gorgeous beach in San Clemente. Many of the visitors who flock to this location are here to enjoy water sports.
3. Coronado Beach
You can't go wrong with a beach that has the stunning Hotel Del in the background. Plus, in 2012, Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach) ranked Coronado the best beach in the United States on his annual Top 10 list of best beaches in the nation. So there's that!
4. Avalon on Catalina Island
The beach in Avalon is always buzzing with activity on a hot summer day. Show up early to grab your spot in the sand.
5. San Buena Ventura State Beach
A popular beach for swimming, surfing and picnics. Check out the Omer Rains bike trail when you visit.
6. Manhattan Beach
The 57th Manhattan Beach Volleyball Open is coming up this summer July 14-17. Are you going to play or are you going to watch? Either way, this is the beach to visit during this action-packed event.
7. Beacons Beach in Encinitas
Beacon's Beach is a destination visited primarily by locals who live in Encinitas and the surrounding areas. If you haven't been here before it can be a hard spot to find. The winding path to get to the beach is a challenge to navigate, but definitely worth it once you reach the beach.
8. Corona Del Mar State Beach
A perfect spot for swimming in the ocean as the waves are relatively gentle at Corona Del Mar. It's also known for being one of the best places for a beach bonfire, so pack some firewood and marshmallows.
9. Venice Beach
This beach is always busy and full of activity. If you're looking for rest and relaxation this isn't your spot. For those who want to be entertained, walk along the 2.5 mile Ocean Front Walk filled with street performers at every turn and you won't get bored.
10. Main Beach at Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach has 36 different beaches along its 9-mile waterfront stretch. Some are private, some have limited access and others are accessible to everyone. Main Beach is the most popular and accessible and looks like the perfect spot for a swim in the ocean.
11. The Wedge in Newport Beach
If you're looking for giant waves for surfing this is the beach area you want to check out. The waves are so high at The Wedge that it draws in a crowd of observers.
12. Crystal Cove
There are 6 different beaches that connect in Crystal Cove that are tucked between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach along the Pacific Coast Highway in Corona Del Mar. The beaches that dot this area are a popular destination for swimming, surfing and diving.
Watch out summer, here we come! These beaches in Southern California look like the perfect spot for a lazy day in the sun. Where is your favorite beach in SoCal? No matter what spot you pick you really can’t go wrong.