The Truth about Southern California SunshineThe Beach Boys weren't quite telling the truth when they crooned about West Coast sunshine. If you've never been here before, you may find Southern California less sunny than you expected, especially at the beaches. When temperatures rise, so does the air, pulling cool, moist marine air inland onto the beaches like a foggy blanket. It's so predictable in early summer that local residents dub it "June gloom," but it can start in May and sometimes extends into July and August, too. Some days, the fog and low clouds disappear early, but on other days, like a carefree beach bum, the sun may not put in an appearance until mid- to late-afternoon. Don't forget to layer on the sunscreen even on these overcast days because the UV light goes right through the clouds.
10. Point Dume State BeachSheltered between sand dunes and the ocean, Point Dume provides not only a nice, sheltered beach but also some nice vistas from the top of the sand. The final scene of the original Planet of the Apes movie was filmed at the location in this photo.
Point Dume Beach is best for: Fishing, swimming, scuba diving, tide pooling, whale-watching (in winter)