Explore California beaches

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Excerpts from The Guide to Ulysses Cool ca

Los Angeles. Image credit: Visit USA.

It is located on the west coast of the United States, in the state of California, with an area of ​​423,970 km2It ranks third in the country after Alaska and Texas. Its territory, shaped like a boomerang launched towards Asia, stretches from north to south from the mighty pine forests of Oregon to the arid lands of Mexico, and from east to west by the mountains and deserts of Arizona and Nevada to the majestic Pacific Ocean, which stretches over 1,900 kilometers of coasts. The ocean also greatly affects the way of life of its inhabitants and its climate. No point of its vast territory, larger than Germany, is more than 400 km from the coast.


Hotel del Coronado and skyscrapers. Image credit: Michael Vi, Shutterstock.

San Diego

Coronado Central Beach

Coronado Central Beach runs along Ocean Boulevard. Bordered to the north by the US Army Air and Naval Station and to the south by the historic Hotel del Coronado, this beach is considered one of the most beautiful in the United States. To the south of the Hotel del Coronado, at low tide, you can see the wreckage of the Monte Carlo, a boat that served among other things as an entertainment venue for gamblers and which was shipwrecked here in 1936.

Santa Monica. Image credit: Visit USA.

Los Angeles and surrounding areas

Santa Monica State Beach

Santa Monica is located 13 miles from downtown Los Angeles and fits perfectly with some people’s idea of ​​California. An independent municipality with an uncommon sense of community, Santa Monica is known for its wide sandy beach, Santa Monica State Beach, surrounded by a linear park, and the long, bustling Santa Monica Pier. Few other places marry beach and city life so well.

Venice Beach. Image credit: Visit USA.

Venice Beach

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Venice Beach is bordered by an attractive blue sea. This is the realm of inline skaters, walkers and cyclists, not to mention volleyball and UVA enthusiasts. To those mixed musicians, magicians, fortune-tellers and dancers who jockey in ingenuity to extract a little change from the long parade of baby carriages that parade each summer’s day.

Mina beach. Image credit: Visit USA.

Orange County beaches

The Orange County coast offers many beaches, crowded or more intimate, as well as coral reefs that offer stunning scenery. Most interesting are those in the communities of Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Dana Point. The main artery, the Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1), literally runs along the ocean for most of the area and allows you to access both of these beaches. Why not use your time in Orange County to learn to surf? Huntington Beach calls itself “Surf City USA” and has a plethora of stores where you can rent boards at reasonable prices.

Point Fermin Park. Photo credit: Ariana DiValentino, Shutterstock.

A landscape not to be missed

Point Fermin Park

In San Pedro, the port area of ​​Los Angeles, on the southern tip of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, you’ll discover Point Fermin Park, a vast green expanse with rugged cliffs overlooking the coast, tidal pools, and true microcosms of marine life. Here you can enjoy a stunning view not only of the ocean, but also of the majestic port facilities located farther east. You can also see gray whales up close here during their annual outings.

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Humpback whale in the Pacific Ocean. Image credit: Andrea Izzotti, Shutterstock.

Whale watching

Fall and winter are ideal for observing the cetaceans that line the California coast during their annual migration. On specially chartered boats, these large marine mammals can be spotted blowing water vapor through their blowholes and waving their tails before plunging into the depths of the ocean. Companies offer whale watching cruises that depart from San Pedro and Long Beach.


Excerpts from The Guide to Ulysses Cool caAvailable in paper or digital version at guidesulysse.com.

By Ulysses group of authors

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