Local beaches make fun and easy getaway destinations. A few beach toys (pail, shovel, truck, frisbee or ball) are all that most children need for hours of fun. Add a picnic lunch and a walk along the beach to play with the waves and find treasures (pebbles, driftwood, and polished glass) for a fun and carefree day.
As with most outdoor adventures in the Bay Area be prepared for a variety of weather. You may leave your home on a warm, sunny day, but arrive at the coast to find fog, wind, and cold.
September and October are great months for beach trips, because both the summer crowds and the fog are usually gone. Regardless of the weather, bring sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and drinking water.
Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach – Alameda
Sonoma Coast State Beach – Bodega Bay
New Brighton State Beach – Capitola
Half Moon Bay State Beach – Half Moon Bay
Stinson Beach – Marin County
Gray Whale Cove State Beach – Montaro
Montara State Beach – Montara
Pacifica State Beach – Pacifica
Pomponio State Beach – Pacifica
Ano Nuevo Reserve – Pescadero
Bean Hollow State Beach – Pescadero
Pescadero State Beach – Pescadero
Pt. Reyes National Seashore Beaches – Pt. Reyes
Seacliff State Beach – Rio Del Mar
San Gregorio State Beach – San Gregorio
Lighthouse Field State Beach – Santa Cruz
Natural Bridges State Beach – Santa Cruz
Twin Lakes State Beach – Santa Cruz
Manresa State Beach – Watsonville
Sunset State Beach – Watsonville