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With its family-friendly beaches, miles of open space and fun events for kids, Santa Cruz makes for a fantastic family getaway. On the classic beach boardwalk, don't miss a ride on the landmark wooden roller coaster, Giant Dipper, while little ones might prefer sticking to the 1911 hand-carved carousel.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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With cliffs perched over white sand beaches and jaw-dropping ocean views, the scenic town of Pismo Beach is a gem on California's Central Coast. It is an ideal base from which to explore the 'Five Cities' community along Highway 1 as it winds through the beautiful landscape south of Big Sur.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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For the most kid-friendly stretch of sand near San Luis Obispo, head to Avila Beach, whose jetty protects families from northwesterly winds and huge waves. The town also has a pirate-themed park that’s perfect for a picnic and a boardwalk and pier that extends over a thousand feet out into the ocean.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Beautiful La Jolla is a magnet for beach lovers, boasting some of the best in the state. (In particular, families will love La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores.) Don't miss a visit to the Birch Aquarium or a stroll along the La Jolla waterfront.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Carmel-by-the-Sea has been a favorite haunt for writers, artists, and actors for more than a century. Clint Eastwood was once mayor of the town and still owns a restaurant there. There's a stunning beach, charming shops and restaurants, and lots of history.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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With 70 miles of coastline and year-round mild temperatures, San Diego offers an ideal beach getaway. After you explore some of the 33 amazing beaches in the San Diego area, here are 10 truly fabulous and free kid-friendly activities that will stretch your vacation budget.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Adorable Cambria is chock full of charm, offering jaw-dropping vistas, beautiful beaches, Hearst Castle, and much more. This area of Highway 1 is a great place to spy elephant seals.