carmel.jpgA cypress tree and the ocean beyond taken by lg in 17-mile Drive.

  1. Sacramento/Yolo/Solano Counties
    1. American River
    2. Cache Creek
    3. Folsom Lake
    4. Lake Berryessa
    5. Meat Beach
    6. Putah Creek
    7. Sacramento River
  2. North Bay
    1. Point Reyes
    2. Bolinas
    3. Stinson Beach
    4. Muir Beach
  3. San Francisco
    1. Aquatic Park
    2. Crissy Field
    3. Baker Beach
    4. China Beach
    5. Ocean Beach
  4. San Mateo County
    1. Pacifica
    2. Half Moon Bay
    3. Pebble Beach
  5. Monterey Bay
    1. Capitola
    2. Santa Cruz
    3. Aptos
    4. Between Aptos and Monterey
    5. Monterey
  6. Rio Vista
    1. Sandy Beach
  7. Resources

Obviously, Davis' location in the Central Valley makes it a poor place to go looking for a beach. There is no ocean or water and therefore, there is no fun1. The yearning to see the big blue drives many Davisites west on Interstate 80, past the Coastal Range and on to the beach. The following is a list of beaches that are conceivable day-adventures away.

Sacramento/Yolo/Solano Counties

see also swimming

North Bay

San Francisco

San Mateo County

Monterey Bay

Rio Vista



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2005-03-06 10:02:55   Is it feasible to list the distances of these beaches to Davis? This would give it a Davis-centric flavor and make it super easy for people to figure out where they have time to go. —CarlMcCabe

2005-03-06 10:03:47   I forgot to say in the last comment, awesome page! —CarlMcCabe

2005-03-06 10:15:48   Yes, driving times and directions should be added. —JackHaskel

2005-04-02 12:54:24   Be kind of neat to see a wiki for Santga Cruz like here. Neat town as well. —BradCuppy

2005-06-12 17:43:48   It says there is no water in the central valley. What about Lake Berryessa and the Sac River? —GiladGurantz

2005-06-12 20:33:46   What the wiki says must be true! —JackHaskel

2006-03-15 12:44:16   In the summer one *could* go up to tahoe or in the foothills and find a lake. If you are looking for water fun, there is Lake Folsom(i think that is what it is called) and then there are many like an hr to 2 hrs away like don pedro, tullock, and new melones. Berryessa is good for a quick day trip as well. —MarkMcDermott

2008-12-27 22:56:23   I disagree with the travel times to SF and the Santa Cruz / Monterey Co. Beaches. —BryceH

2011-04-27 22:21:13   There are a whole bunch of beautiful small beaches if you take Highway 1 South from Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz. Me and my girlfriend decided to take the long way to Santa Cruz last Spring and man, it was magical. If you want a whole beach to yourself, one of these places are your best bet. There was a pretty cool lighthouse along the way too. —CecilioPadilla

2012-07-28 15:00:27   Where is the closest ocean beach to Davis? Does not have to be for swimming, more interested in tide pools, and for taking pics of the area then actually going into the water. —elizabeth2014

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