Northern California Beaches

To view a list of the Northern California Beaches, click on these links to "Jump-To" or just scroll down.  Northern beach counties include: San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte. Fog is common in these areas but brings a welcome respite from the hot summer days.

Navigating this page: If you click on a Beach City you'll be taken to a page that will give you a list of all the beaches in that city. If you click on an individual beach (left hand column) you'll be taken to the Beach City page where that particular beach is located. So, multiple beaches listed will end up on the same page. Phew! Confusing? Yeah, you might want to read that again!

   Northern California Beaches offer rolling slopes and stretches of steep, rocky cliffs, so rocky that it can be difficult to access some beaches (with the exception of Gold Bluffs Beach, a 7 mile stretch of dunes and sandy beach.) It is a very rugged coast - largely untouched by humans and is the home of some of the world’s tallest trees. It’s truly a scenic wonderland with old growth coast California Redwoods.


Beaches in
San Francisco County

  1. Aquatic Park Beach
  2. Marina Green Beach
  3. Crissy Field Beach
  4. North Baker Beach
  5. Baker Beach
  6. China Beach
  7. Lands End Beach
  8. Ocean Beach
  9. Fort Funston Beach

Beach Cities in
San Francisco County


Aww, the sea life is abundant here. Dolphins, California gray whales in migration, sea lions, seals, porpoises and orca (killer whales) are often seen throughout the Northern California beaches.  It is home to a rich variety of life, brown pelicans, gulls, puffins, cormorants, auklets, and pigeons flock throughout the area.

Beaches in
Marin County 

  1. Dillon Beach
  2. Lawson's Landing
  3. Alan Sieroty Beach
  4. Shell Beach
  5. Hearts Desire Beach
  6. Marshall Beach
  7. McClures Beach
  8. Kehoe Beach
  9. Abbotts Lagoon
  10. Point Reyes Beach North
  11. Point Reyes Beach South
  12. Drakes Beach
  13. Limantour Beach
  14. Santa Maria Beach
  15. Sculptured Beach
  16. Kelham Beach
  17. Wildcat Beach
  18. Palomarin Beach
  19. Agate Beach
  20. Bolinas Beach
  21. Stinson Beach
  22. Red Rock Beach
  23. Steep Ravine Beach
  24. Muir Beach
  25. Tennessee Cove
  26. Rodeo Beach
  27. Bonita Cove
  28. Kirby Cove

Beach Cities in
Marin County

  • Stinson Beach
  • Bolinas
  • Dillon Beach
  • Marshall
  • Inverness
  • Point Reyes Station
  • Olema

The broken coasts tide pools are home to a diverse mix of seaweed, limpets, star fish, sea snails, kelp, urchins, barnacles, mussels, anemones, crabs, tiny fish and a myriad of other life forms. Freshwater and saltwater mix in several lagoons in the area where an abundant of other animal and plant life forms. Exploring Northern California beaches is FUN!

Beaches in
Del Norte County

  1. Pelican State Beach
  2. Clifford Kamph Memorial Park
  3. Kellogg Beach
  4. Lake Earl Wildlife Area Beaches
  5. Point St. George
  6. Pebble Beach
  7. Beachfront Park
  8. South Beach
  9. Crescent Beach
  10. Enderts Beach
  11. Wilson Creek Beach
  12. High Bluff Beach

Beach Cities in
Del Norte County

  • Crescent City
  • Klamath
  • Smith River

Beaches in
Sonoma County

  1. Gualala Point Regional Park
  2. Walk-On Beach
  3. Shell Beach
  4. Stengel Beach
  5. Pebble Beach
  6. Black Point Beach
  7. North Horseshoe Cove
  8. Fisk Mill Cove
  9. Stump Beach
  10. Gerstle Cove
  11. Ocean Cove
  12. Stillwater Cove Regional Park
  13. Timber Cove
  14. Fort Ross Cove
  15. Fort Ross Reef
  16. Vista Point
  17. Russian Gulch
  18. North Jenner Beaches
  19. Goat Rock Beach
  20. Blind Beach
  21. Wright's Beach
  22. Duncan's Landing
  23. Gleason Beach
  24. Portuguese Beach
  25. Schoolhouse Beach
  26. Carmet Beach
  27. Arched Rock Beach
  28. Coleman Beach
  29. Miwok Beach
  30. North Salmon Creek Beach
  31. South Salmon Creek Beach 
  32. Bodega Dunes
  33. Bodega Head
  34. Westside Regional Park
  35. Campbell Cove
  36. Doran Beach Regional Park

Beach Cities in
Sonoma County

  • Bodega Bay
  • Sea Ranch
  • Jenner

Northern California Beaches are so much fun to explore!


Beaches in
Mendocino County

  1. Jones Beach
  2. Needle Rock Beach
  3. Bear Harbor Beach
  4. Little Jackass Creek Beach
  5. Usal Beach
  6. Westport-Union Landing State Beach
  7. Wages Creek Beach
  8. Chadbourne Gulch
  9. Seaside Creek Beach
  10. MacKerricher State Park
  11. Virgin Creek Beach
  12. Pudding Creek Beach
  13. Glass Beach
  14. Noyo Harbor
  15. Jug Handle State Reserve
  16. Casper State Beach
  17. Casper Headlands State Reserve
  18. Russian Gulch State Reserve
  19. Mendocino Headlands State Park
  20. Van Damme State Park
  21. Albion Flat
  22. Navarro River Beach Access
  23. Greenwood Creek State Beach
  24. Manchester State Beach
  25. Arena Cove Beach
  26. Moat Creek Beach
  27. Bowling Ball Beach
  28. Schooner Gulch Beach
  29. Fish Rock Beach
  30. Gualala River

Beach Cities in
Mendocino County

  • Fort Bragg
  • Mendocino and Little River
  • Ukiah
  • Westport
  • Albion
  • Gualala and Anchor Bay
  • MacKerricher State Park
  • Casper
  • Elk and Point Area

Beaches in
Humboldt County

  1. Carruthers Cove Beach
  2. Gold Bluffs Beach
  3. Orick Fishing Access
  4. Redwood Creek Beach
  5. Freshwater Lagoon
  6. Stone Lagoon
  7. Dry Lagoon
  8. Big Lagoon County Park
  9. Agate Beach
  10. College Cove
  11. Trinidad State Beach
  12. Trinidad Head
  13. Indian Beach
  14. Baker Beach
  15. Luffenholtz Beach
  16. Moonstone Beach
  17. Little River Beach County Park
  18. Clam Beach County Park
  19. Mad River Beach County Park
  20. Samoa Dunes Recreational Area
  21. South Spit and Jetty
  22. Crab County Park
  23. Centerville Beach County Park
  24. Mattole River Beach
  25. Black Sands Beach
  26. Little Black Sands Beach
  27. Shelter Cove
  28. Dead Man's Beach

Beach Cities in
Humboldt County

  • Arcata
  • Trinidad
  • Ferndale
  • Eureka
  • McKinleyville
  • Loleta
  • Shelter Cove
  • Honeydew and Petrolia

So what’s my favorite out of all the Northern California beaches? I’d have to say Agate Beach at Patrick’s Point. I think I love it so much because it’s usually a lot cooler up in the North Cal Beaches and this particular beach is covered with agates and small pebbles that soak up the sun. You can lay on them and feel the warmth, it’s amazing! 


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