November 5th, 2021 at 11:00 am

image from Cabrillo National monument of the best coastal views in Southern California

Southern California has no shortage of stunning views, but it would be remiss of us to not highlight the incredible ocean views along the coast. From San Diego County all the way up to Santa Barbara County, you’re sure to have at least a handful of favorite coastal views in Southern California.

While one could argue any view along the coast is the “best,” here are six of our favorite. Join us for a tour up the coast!

Cabrillo National Monument

View of downtown San Diego, Coronado Bridge, and Mexico from Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument can be found at the most southern part of Point Loma in San Diego. Visitors see breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Downtown San Diego, Coronado, and into Mexico. If the views aren’t enough to warrant a visit, there is also a great amount of history and tide pools to explore.

Local’s tip: You can go to the top of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse two days a year.

Visit Cabrillo National Monument.

Crescent Bay Beach

A bright red, yellow, and orange sunset with palm tree silhouette over dark blue ocean waters at Crescent Bay Beach

One of the best parts of living in Southern California has to be watching the sun set over the ocean. Found in Laguna Beach, this picturesque gem is a favorite for snorkeling and stand-up paddling. Since Crescent Bay Beach is open all year long, visitors are able to enjoy the views regardless of the time of year.

Local’s tip: Explore the tide pools at low tide.

Visit Crescent Bay Beach.

Santa Monica Pier

aerial coastal view in southern california of Santa Monica Pier

A California staple, the Santa Monica Pier is arguably one of the most iconic photo opportunities in all of Southern California. The pier has been in place for over 100 years. Grab some delicious food and enjoy one of the many events that the pier has on the calendar.

Local’s tip: Don’t miss the view from the top of Pacific Park’s Ferris Wheel!

Visit Santa Monica Pier.

Point Mugu State Park

Sunset view of the rocky coastline at Point Mugu State Beach

With over five miles of shoreline and 70+ miles of hiking trails, Point Mugu State Park in Malibu is one of our must-see coastal views in Southern California.

Local’s tip: Visitors can also camp here, which allows for enjoying the views from sunrise to sunset.

Visit Point Mugu State Beach.

Santa Barbara Harbor

Rowers in the Santa Barbara Harbor with palm trees, buildings, and mountains in the background

One of the most picturesque locations in Santa Barbara is the Santa Barbara Harbor. A quick pan of the harbor offers beautiful views of both the ocean and mountains.

Local’s tip: While at the harbor, enjoy fun activities like kayaking, deep sea fishing, and scuba diving.

Visit Santa Barbara Harbor.

Surfer’s Point at Seaside Park

Swimmer in ocean at sunset at Surfer's Point at Seaside Park

Surfer’s Point is found in Ventura, not far from Ventura Pier. The notable gray rocks paired with stunning SoCal sunsets create impeccable views worth writing home about.

Local’s tip: Ride the Omer Rains Bike Trail to continue your adventure down to the Ventura Pier.

Visit Surfer’s Point at Seaside Park.

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