Sausalito - top touristy for bay draws, Golden Gate Bridge and Embarcadero, scenic boat rides
Pebble Beach- picturesque beach and golf mecca
Pacific Grove - Butterly Town U.S.A.
Palm Beach - Great golf & shore with the ritz
Pensacola Beach - Panhandle pretty and unsung
Tampa Bay - west FL, mix of crowded, lesser spoiled beaches, Clearwater to Dunedin.
St Petersburg - low-key local favorite, great all-around white sandy beach and famed for Pink Palace site
Amelia Island -quiet beachy parts, close to city (Jacksonville). Unique marshy area on Amelia.
BEAUTIFUL WEST COAST VS EAST COAST
Get to know these CA & FL destinations
from official state tourism bureaus.
Los Angeles Area
South Bay: The sane suburban beach cities of Los Angeles county
Santa Monica: big beach urban city and shopping mecca
Malibu: big ritz, small beachtown
Marina Del Rey: Classy upscale town noted for sailing
Venice Beach: famed and funky beach and urban town
Catalina: serene local island escape designated in Los Angeles county. Hop on the Catalina Flyer via San Pedro, Newport or Dana Point.
Orange County and San Diego Area
Seal Beach - Quaint, laidback beauty with small town charm
Huntington Beach - Surf City Capital, active social nightlife scene
Newport Beach / Corona Del Mar - Most opulent beach town.
Laguna Beach- Marinarena fave overall beach, noted art colony
Dana Point - upscale sail, surf and beach town. Also noted for stand up paddling.
San Clemente - Fun town, long beachy stretch
San Diego: The prettiest major city of California along the shore.
Port and main city area