hidden beaches in southern califorina

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California has a unique coastline with coves, caves, rugged terrain and long stretches of sand. When you look through the nooks and crannies, there are some fabulous secluded beaches on the coast. In Southern California, it can be hard to get away from crowds. Sometimes you need a remote hideaway to and we’ve got a list for you of five hidden beaches in Southern California.

If you’re looking for an escape or just a relaxing day at the beach, we’ve got some hidden gems that are just a short drive from the AMLI Uptown Orange apartments. Ready to get away from it all and feel the ocean breeze?

South Black’s Beach

1-hour, 20-minute drive

Black’s Beach is a secluded section of beach between the bluffs of Torrey Pines and the Pacific Ocean, in San Diego. It’s a prime surf spot with beautiful views and a rich history. Be warned that it can be difficult to get to due to the rocks and bluffs surrounding the beach. The beach is a secluded spot that is worth the treacherous trek in.

Table Rock Beach

38-minute drive

This tucked away beach is located in South Laguna Beach. It’s a sandy beach in a deep cove with homes located high above it. Rocks of all shapes are near the center of the cove making it a sight to see. At low tide, it’s possible to walk through the arch to Totuava Beach.

Rancho Palos Verdes Beach

53-minute drive

Located below the Ocean Trail Reserve in Rancho Palos Verdes, this beach is surrounded by a golf course. This remote beach is best for exploring tide pools at low tide and walking the wide stretch of sand. There are also two walking paths that provide access to the bluffs surrounding the beach.

Pirates Cove Beach 

1-hour, 45-minute drive

This hidden sandy beach is a small cove located on the West side of Point Dume in Malibu. After visiting the beach, you can explore the nature preserve in Point Dume State Beach that is on the bluff overlooking Pirates Cove. The bluffs are a great place to take in the sunset after a long day.

Ormond Beach

2-hour drive

This beach fills a two-mile gap between the city of Port Hueneme and the Naval Base Venture County at Point Mugu. Ormond Beach is a well-known birdwatching area with trails that follow the canal and the resorted wetlands. The beach has a remote feel and is great for all beachgoers.

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hidden beaches in southern california

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