The Best West Coast Beaches You Can Visit

The Best West Coast Beaches You Can Visit

California, Oregon, Washington Select Registry – January 29, 2015

The beach is undoubtedly one of the top vacation destinations in North America.  For generations, families, friends, and solo travelers have headed to the beach for rest, relaxation and recreation. During the cold months of winter, people flock to the coasts to find some respite in the warm sands and sunshine of places such as California or Florida.  In the summer heat, a cool dip in the Atlantic or Pacific can be the perfect way soothe yourself.  While there are great beaches on both sides of the country (and of course in other countries), but there is something special about the west coast's beaches.  The best west coast beaches often boast rocky shorelines and panoramic views of the Pacific ocean, and long stretches of sand perfect to lay your beach chair on.  From the long coast of golden California, up to the rugged shores of Oregon, the best west coast beaches have something to offer everyone.

California

Rincon Beach - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a beautiful city in its own right, and its beaches only complement that beauty.  Rincon Beach is one of the most popular, and for good reason. It has some of the best surf in the region, gorgeous ocean views and an atmosphere that is welcoming to all.

Rodeo Beach - San Francisco

Part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Rodeo Beach is just three miles away from the Golden Gate Bridge itself.  The beach has breathtaking features that make it a must-visit.  The rugged cliffs that back the beach and the lagoon that bounds it create a secluded atmosphere that is calming.  Beach-walking is popular as the sand contains many colorful stones such as jasper, carnelian, agate, and jade.

Glass Beach - Mendocino

This lovely beach in Mendocino is unique and awe-inspiring.  Glass Beach is aptly named for its vast amount of glass on its shores, rolled smooth by the sea. Along with these glittering treasures, you can explore tide pools full of wildlife.

Washington

Alki Beach - Seattle

Seattle may be well known for getting rain, but there's not always a downpour.  While you're visiting the city, enjoy a day at Alki Beach. If you're a movie buff, then you may recognize it as the place where Tom Hanks flew a kite in the film Sleepless in Seattle. The beach itself has a distinct pacific northwest feeling with lots of stones and driftwood dotting the shoreline. Great for volleyball, campfire, and rollerblading or jogging on the large sidewalk at the rear of the beach.

Ruby Beach - Olympic National Park

The views at this beach outside of Forks, WA make it one of the best west coast beaches in our opinion. Ruby beach is a dramatic pacific coast beach, with rocky cliffs, sea stacks, and tide pools full of colorful starfish. To snap the perfect picture of Ruby Beach, stick around for sunset.

Oregon

Bandon's Beach - Bandon

This picturesque piece of the Oregon coast is perfect for beachcombing, wildlife viewing and general exploration. The views of the water are simply breathtaking, with sea stacks and a rocky shoreline that will give you the quintessential Oregon beach experience. Lucky visitors might get to spot some of the locals - harbor seals, anemones, and starfish.

Cape Perpetua

One of Oregon's best west coast beaches is Cape Perpetua. The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is part of Siuslaw National Forest and allows visitors to wander down trails and experience the beach's different elements. Cape Perpetua is unique in that it's a forested headland.  Beautiful and unique features include Devil's Churn, which is created by a crack in the coastal rock, and Thor's Well, a saltwater fountain driven by the tide. --- No matter which of the best west coast beaches you decide to visit, you'll never be too far away from luxury accommodations. We know you'll find a Pacific Region Select Registry property that feels like a home away from home!  

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