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The well-known travel guide, Frommer's, created a list of the best beaches in California for 2005. Frommer's recommends Drake's Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore. This sandy beach is great for sunbathers, but winds and choppy seas can make it challenging for swimmers. Better for water sports enthusiasts are any of Santa Cruz's 29 miles of beach. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk leads to the Main Beach, which has lifeguards and piped-in golden-oldie tunes during the summer. Santa Barbara's East Beach is wide and white, and family-friendly. Malibu's Zuma and Surfrider beaches inspired such 1960s icons as the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean, offering excellent surf conditions, plenty of beachside snack stands and amenities, and plenty of sunshine for sunbathers. Finally, in La Jolla, Windansea Beach has great waves for surfing; harbor seals swim at Children's Pool, while people swim and sunbathe at La Jolla Shores, and snorkelers should head for The Cove.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|