3 Amazing Beaches for Kids in California - 2022

Updated: Jul 23

Summer is here, and it's a great time to have a family visit to one of the beaches on California's breathtaking coastline. Besides having a great time with your family, visiting the beaches improves overall well-being, lowers stress, and lifts your mood.


1. Natural Bridges State Beach - Santa Cruz


Rated with 4.7/5 stars on Google Maps by 1,100+ visitors, Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, California, is known for its natural bridge-like stone. You'll be able to find many wonders on that beach such as monarch butterflies (usually from mid-October to late January), migrating whales, shore birds, seals, and otters. Check the official California state park website for more detailed information.

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Why We Love Natural Bridges State Beach

A beautiful and unique scenic view, usually not too crowded, very clean, nice visitor center, and a sandy beach that your kids would love to play with!


Beach Features


Parking

There's a 20-minute free parking available for a short overlook, or a $10 paid parking for a longer stay.


Hours

Visitor Center - Friday-Monday, 11 am to 4 pm.

Beach Hours - 8 am to Sunset


Dogs

Leashed and only on pavement and in the picnic area. Dogs are not allowed on the beach or trails.


Other

Picnic-friendly, sandy beach with a stroller path to the beach.

Phone Number - (831) 423-4609

State Parks Website


2. Carmel Beach - Carmel-by-the-Sea


Rated with 4.8/5 stars on Google Maps by 550+ visitors, Carmel Beach in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, is known for its unique white, soft, and thin sand. That's a perfect place to watch the sunset and relax with your family. There's plenty of parking, but it gets very crowded during the weekends.

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Why We Love Carmel Beach

Very relaxing beach, surrounded by wonderful nature, with wonderful scenic views. There are great restaurants around as well!


Beach Features


Parking

There's free parking close to the beach, but it's usually full during peak hours. There's free parking on Ocean Avenue as well (west of San Antonio).


Dogs

Dogs are allowed off-leash but must be under the voice control of their owners.


Other

No fees required

Bathroom on site

Phone Number - (831) 620-2000

Official Website


3. Pescadero State Beach - City of Pescadero


Rated with 4.8/5 stars on Google Maps by 220+ visitors, Pescadero State Beach in the City of Pescadero, California, is known for its beautiful mile-long shoreline and diverse wildlife. With plenty of free parking around and small waves which are ideal for kids - that's a great beach for your next family weekend trip. And it's just 10 minutes south of Half-Moon Bay.

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Why We Love Pescadero State Beach

The small waves are perfect for kids, and free parking and the variety of wildlife are very promising for a perfect weekend with your family.


Beach Features


Parking

Plenty of both free and paid parking


Dogs

Not allowed at all


Other

No fees required

Bathroom on site

Beach fire, camping, and drones are prohibited

Phone Number - (650) 726-8819

Official Website


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