- San Buenaventura Beach, Ventura, CA [LINK]
- Zuma Beach/ Malibu Lagoon, Malibu, CA [LINK]
- Topanga Beach, Malibu, CA [LINK]
- Santa Monica, CA [LINK]
Santa Monica is a nice beach for a family day trip. San Buenaventura is better for a family vacation. Topanga and Zuma are in between, with Zuma being better for privacy. None of these beaches compare to a Florida beach, but if these crazy left coasters insist on calling these the best beaches north of San Diego, then so be it. I am interested in finding out if I can camp out at Topanga or Malibu Lagoon. I am trying to give California a fair shake, but it is hard for Cali beaches to live up to a lifetime of hype.