There’s nothing like a hot Northern California summer afternoon at the lake or river! Who needs the oceanfront when we have hundreds of beaches with even softer sand, more sunshine, and incredible views located inland? Read on to discover why these amazing beaches in Northern California off the coast are so great.

Have you ever been to any of these beaches in Northern California? If so, which beach on this list is your favorite? Did we miss any that you feel should have made the article? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Are you curious about the best beach in America? Well, according to the popular vote, it is right here in Northern California!

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Where can we find beach campgrounds in Northern California?

  • Caspar Beach RV Park and Campground in Mendocino offers RV and tent campsites, as well as cabins.
  • Clam Beach State Campground in McKinleyville is popular for its great beachcombing, wildlife viewing, clamming, scenic views, and horseback riding.
  • Wright's Beach Campground in Bodega Bay offers a backdrop of immense boulders and it is also dog friendly.

Read on to learn about some of the many other beautiful beach campgrounds in Northern California.

Where can we find lakes in Northern California?

  • Sardine Lake in Sierra City is a great spot for hiking, mountain biking, and fishing.
  • Bullard's Bar Reservoir in Yuba County offers 55 miles of shoreline and almost two dozen miles of great hiking trails.
  • Lake Britton in Shasta County is the place for great bass and trout fishing.

Read on to learn about some of the many other beautiful lakes in Northern California.

Where can we find beach resorts in Northern California?

  • The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach offers amenities including golf, a boardwalk, several restaurants, a spa, and a wine cellar.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in Half Moon Bay is known for its great restaurants, fitness center and spa, golf, and tennis courts.
  • The Landing Resort & Spa in South Lake Tahoe features a pool and hot tub, lots of on-site dining options, and more.

Read on to learn about some of the many other stunning beach resorts in Northern California

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