West Coast Beaches Trump East Coasts

Just read the post on the top 10 east coast beaches and thought I’d add my 2 cents about the fantastic California beaches—which, let’s face it, are much much better beaches than the ones in the east. I’ve been up and down the California coast a thousand times, so I know what I’m talking about.

Not to be too obvious or anything, but if you’ve never been to Venice Beach, you’re missing out on one of life’s great experiences. I mean, it’s definitely not one of your most serene and romantic beaches and it’s definitely a bit (or a lot) touristy, but it’s fun. People breathing fire and riding unicycles and doing all sorts of other bizarre performances line the promenade. And there is some solid street food. I guess as a local it’s not where I like spending my afternoons, but the occasional stop by Venice Beach is always a good reminder of how much vibrant life we’ve got at our fingertips in the amazing, colorful world. I think the first time I got really drunk was on Venice Beach.

Seal Beach might be my favorite, mainly because I remember going there with my family every Fall for as long as I can remember for the Seal Beach Sandcastle Festival. There’s something about the sand at Seal Beach which is perfect for molding and you can’t imagine the creations that these people come up with. I used to want to be a sandcastle construction man when I grew up. Ah, to be young again…)

Black’s Beach
— an unofficial nude beach. Need I say more? I’m a 24 year old single guy. Not to be a stereotype or anything…

Ok, moving right along. Baker Beach in San Francisco is pretty cool. I’ve gone fishing there a few times. Pismo Beach is definitely up there. It’s mentioned at the end of Big Lebowski…not that that makes it a good beach, but I’m just saying…

I practically lived at Avila Beach when I was in college (Cal Poly) so I can’t not put that on this list. Also good fishing here. And here’s a bit of trivia: the first motel, Motel Inn, ever is still alive and well on Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo.

Four more spots on my top 10 list and a thousand more beaches….A bit more obscure, but worth checking out is Stinson Beach. Good beach and good hiking. Jerry Garcia lived here, along with many other of the Merry Pranksters. Some good trivia. I guess if I had to choose three more, they’d be Doheny State Beach – Dana Point, Beacon’s Beach, and Bolsa Chica State Beach — all in Southern California, closer to where I grew up, and probably some of the most visited beaches (by me, at least).

I’m sorry—there’s no way these beaches compare to anything on the east coast. West Coast rocks!