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California Coast Cities and Towns

If you're traveling along the California coast, these are some of the cities and towns you can visit. They're listed in geographic order from north to south.

Eureka and Humboldt County
California's northernmost coastal towns are in Humboldt County, including Victorian-styled Eureka and Ferndale.

This charming north coast community looks more like New England than California.

San Francisco
Everyone's favorite city - Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square and all the rest.

Santa Cruz
Oceanside boardwalk, surfers.

Monterey and Carmel
Monterey Bay, the Aquarium, the 17-Mile Drive, Carmel shopping.

Big Sur
At the edge of the continent, mountains plunge into the sea with little regard for the tiny ribbon of highway that clings tenuously to the slopes or the thousands of tourists clustered at every turn, taking photographs and chattering about the views.

Hearst Castle
William Randolph Hearst's "little something" on the coast.

A longtime favorite of Californians visiting Hearst Castle and the coast south of it, Cambria is a cute little place, filled with nice shops and restaurants, its streets lined with pretty gardens.

Morro Bay
The oceanfront location is scenic, you'll find some nice beaches and fun water activities. And it's one of California's most affordable coastal destinations.

Pismo Beach
It's one of California's cutest, most traditional little beach towns. You'll find some great sand dunes nearby, too.

Santa Barbara
Mediterranean-style town with a palm-lined waterfront.

It has a great beach, a pier and it's less hoity-toity than nearby Santa Barbara.

Channel Islands
They're tantalizingly close to the mainland, but so diverse in their plants and animals that you could call them California's Galapagos.

Los Angeles
Beaches, Hollywood, museums, Queen Mary and much more.

Catalina Island
Just 26 miles from Los Angeles, but a world away. An enchanted place where fish fly.

Orange County
South of Los Angeles, home to beach and Disneyland.

La Jolla
The seaside community of La Jolla is picturesque, cute and it has some great beaches and tidepools to explore.

San Diego
California's southernmost coastal city's coastal attractions include Sea World, Balboa Island, Mission Bay and Seaport Village.

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