Fun at the Beach:
Your Guide to Central California
Beach Activities

"Fun at the beach" doesn't come in a "one size fits all" container. What's fun for me might be boring for you. That's why we've come up with this multi-page listing of some of the available activities here in Central California beaches. Just below here is the list which will take you to your preferred fun thing...

Horseriding on the beach

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"Fun at the beach" can come in a wide variety of activities and adventures.

While you determine what's "fun" for you, I am providing a list of the more popular activities and adventures that can be found around the California central coast and from which you can choose.

The Basic Ingredients

So, the beaches have the basic ingredients...sand, water, sun. And that just leaves you to add the fun thing that will relax and refresh you.

So here is the list, in alphabetical order, of fun beach activities on the Central California coast: Click on the links below to drop down the page (or to a new page) for information on the desired activity...

A List of Fun Beach Activities for you

Page 1 (this page):

[Biking] [Birding] [The Dunes] [Fishing] [Hiking] [Horseback Riding]

Page 2:
[Kayaking] [Kite Flying] [Marine Mammal Watching] [Photography] [Picnicking] [Sailing]

Page 3:
[Sea glass, shells and jade] [Surfing] [Swimming] [Tidepooling] [Walking]

Beach Activities and Adventures

  • Biking
  • Cruising along the sidewalk or a bike path and taking in the beach life and all its sights and sounds - that's pure fun at the beach.
  • Birding
  • Squadrons of pelicans patrolling the waters in search of fish; peregrine falcons; snowy plovers; California least terns - Great opportunities abound on the central coast if birding is your interest.
      Great places for birding on the Central Coast:
    • Peregrine falcons: Morro Rock

    • Morro Bay hosts the annual Morro Bay Bird Festival. 217 species were sighted during the recent 2012 event. The next event will be held January 16-19, 2015.

    • Pelicans: most anywhere along the coast

    • Snowy Plover and California Least Tern: Rancho Guadalupe Dunes

    • Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area is another nice birding area. Just behind the dunes it is a riparian and lake environment with a nice walkway.

    • Elkhorn Slough Estuary Reserve - Over 200 bird species have been recorded here making this one of the richest bird havens on the central coast. Located north of Monterey at Moss Landing, there are tours of the Reserve every Saturday and Sunday along with a birding tour on the first Saturdays of the month. More information along with directions are available at the Elkhorn Slough page.

    Birds at the surfline - Asilomar Beach
  • The Dunes
  • There are a number of options for exploring the great complex of dunes for a day of fun at the beach.

  • Fishing
  • Lots of folk find "wetting their line" the most relaxing activity. There are many delicious varieties of fish found along the Central Coast, and several ways to catch them.
    Chart of commonly caught surf fish species Central California
    • Grunion Runs - Though some suspect that grunion are fictitious, something like "snipe hunting" or watching the "submarine races", this is for real. The grunion is a fish that periodically comes to shore and lays its eggs in the sand. A fishing license is required, the grunion can only be caught by hand and more information can be found here.

    • Deep-sea fishing - There is very good fishing off the Central California coast, with many varieties of game fish to be had over the course of the year - cabezon, rock cod (very good eating), halibut (even better eating), salmon and tuna. Sport fishing boats leave from Avila Beach, Morro Bay and Monterey. In Avila Beach, Patriot Sport Fishing is the place to go. Virg's Landing in Morro Bay has been a fixture for over 60 years. If you're in Monterey, check out Randy's Sport Fishing.

  • Hiking at the Beach
  • Hiking fun at the beach - more than just walking in the sand...

  • Horseback Riding on the Beach
  • Riding is great fun at the beach - a wonderful combination and several options for you:

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