4 NorCal Beaches Make List of ‘Best Hidden Beaches’ in America

Wildcat Beach ranked #8 nationally for the “best hidden beaches,” likely because of the beautiful Alamere Falls. Photo by Matt Bennett.

According to a recent study by Family Destinations Guide, four Northern California beaches were designated among the top “hidden gems” nationwide. The survey involved 3,000 families from across the country, revealing their favorite lesser-known beaches as the summer season approaches.

California was the second most represented state in the top-100 list, with eight of its beaches making the cut. Furthermore, two beaches from the Golden State secured spots within the top 10. Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, Orange County, was ranked seventh, while Wildcat Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, came in eighth.

Bowling Ball Beach came in at #22 in America. Photo by Mick Haupt.

Florida outpaced all other states, securing the first place with nine beaches overall, four of which were in the top 10. Hawaii followed California, placing third with five of its beaches featured on the list, including three in the top 10. Southern California and NorCal were evenly places on the list, with four a piece.

Here are the four NorCal beaches that made the list on Family Destinations Guide:

  • No. 8: Wildcat Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County
  • No. 21: Enderts Beach near Crescent City, Del Norte County
  • No. 22: Bowling Ball Beach near Point Arena, Mendocino County
  • No. 25: Gray Whale Cove State Beach near Pacifica, San Mateo County

Wildcat Beach is the home of Alamere Falls, which is a stunning 40-foot waterfall pouring over the hillside into the ocean. Enderts Beach is known for its beautiful panoramic views and whale watching opportunities. Bowling Ball Beach is just as it sounds, with giant round boulders dominating the landscape. And Gray Wave Cove is surrounded by pristine cliffs, and it’s also famously clothing optional.

What do you think of this list? Did they miss any great NorCal beaches?

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