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Best California Beaches

BIG SUR: Pfeiffer State Beach is a pleasant surprise for travelers, one of the few soft-sand coves along the rocky sand. (Stan Russell)
HORSESHOE BEACH: Whispering Sands – or Horseshoe Beach, as the locals call it, is hard to find but worth the effort. (Redwood Hollow Guest Cottages)
BUTTERFLY BEACH: A half-mile of sand across from the Four Seasons Biltmore, this beach draws a young crowd. (Greg Peterson)