From Salinas and Morro Bay to Summerland and Guadalupe, California is filled with different cities and towns defined by their gorgeous waterfronts or easy access to beaches. California has an incredible 840 miles of Pacific coastline, making it one of the most desirable places to live in the country. From Northern California waterfront cities like Santa Cruz and Watsonville to Southern California communities like Carpinteria and Goleta, the state is filled with an abundance of unique and beautiful beach towns and cities.
Avila Beach is a community not far from San Luis Obispo. It has a small-town feel and a more relaxed vibe and features numerous charming restaurants along the ocean and a sunny year-round climate. Cayucos is another town only a short distance from San Luis Obispo, with a small population and a coastal appeal. It is known as a great surfing town and a welcoming community.
Grover Beach is a chic community not far from Pismo Beach with breathtaking ocean views. It is a family-friendly community with a gorgeous waterfront area and a low crime rate, all of which make it a perfect small-town California home. Mendocino is a Northern California town known for its rocky cliffs and busy beaches. It has numerous trails and parks that make it a natural wonderland with some of the most dramatic views in the state.
Lastly, we have Fort Bragg, Aptos, and Capitola. Fort Bragg is a city not far to the north of Mendocino along the coast. While it is best known as a military town home to hundreds of thousands of personnel, the town itself is a quaint small community with abundant natural beauty. There are redwood forests, incredible hiking trails, and Glass Beach is renowned for the unique geology of its stones along the shore.
Aptos is a town near Santa Cruz that provides residents a quiet, suburban home along the ocean. Its Northern California location means it has some incredible redwood forests for residents that enjoy a hike, and it has a stunning sandy coastline filled with beaches. Capitola is another northern California city famed for its picturesque colorful homes. It has incredible beaches and restaurants that make it another standout California city.