Bean Hollow SB

A 1-mile trail connects the main Bean Hollow beach and Pebble Beach. Molly Lautamo photo.

A miniature bay and bizarre rock formations.

Gray Whale Cove

A lovely little stretch of sand. Photo by Juliette Spirson.

A sheltered beach and inland trail.

Francis Beach

A classic slice of North Coast heaven. Photo by Ming-yen Hsu/CC.

Camping and sunning at this gorgeous beach on the south end of Half Moon Bay—but exercise caution when swimming here.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach through the lens of Emily Mills.

A picturesque beach in Half Moon Bay with its own wetlands.

Pescadero State Beach

Big views, big sea, big sky at Pescadero State Beach. Hilltromper photo.

A wild beach and a wilder wetlands

Montara State Beach

Montara Beach, framed by picturesque headlands to the north, is a Bay Area favorite. Photo by Manny Vannucci on Flickr.

Dramatic beauty an hour away.