Northern California is overflowing with gorgeous waterfront areas to explore. From Crescent City to the Mendocino Coast, the rugged coastline along the Pacific Ocean is nothing short of stunning. While there are plenty of well-known beaches scattered throughout the Golden State, nothing beats a lesser-known area when you just want to get away from it all, so we’ve compiled a road trip itinerary with 11 of the best beaches in Northern California that might just become your new favorite summer hangouts. This is one road trip in Northern California you’ll never forget. Are you familiar with any of these hidden beaches in Northern California? Let us know.

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Did any of your picks of the best Northern California beaches make the list? Are you willing to share any of your “secret” Northern California beach spots with us? Do you have any favorite hidden beaches in Northern California? Let us know in the comments! Then check out this secluded Northern California beach for a relaxing getaway.

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Hidden Beaches in Northern California

What are the prettiest beaches in Northern California?

You really can't go wrong with any Northern California beaches, but some of the prettiest will be found along our spectacular coastline. Some of the most popular destinations for scenic beach beauty are:

What are the best beach towns in Northern California?

Northern California is home to a plethora of wonderful beach towns, and each one boasts something unique.

  • For a town that combines beach views with large swaths of redwood forests, look no further than Gualala in Mendocino County.
  • For a beach community that has a love for recreational activities, Bodega Bay in Sonoma County is a safe bet.
  • For a beach town that favors the artistic lifestyle, look no further than Sausalito nestled in the hills above the Bay Area.

What beaches have the clearest water in Northern California?

Narrowing down a beach with the clearest water is a difficult task since all of Northern California's coastal beaches show off the very best of the Pacific Ocean. However, our favorites for picturesque beaches with crystal clear water include:

  • Stinson Beach in Marin County
  • Bodega Dunes in the quaint town of Bodega Bay
  • Seaside Beach in MacKerricher State Park
  • Ross Cove Beach near Half Moon Bay.

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