Sunset Beach is the charming California beach community many still dream about. Stretching just 1.5 miles from Anderson Street to Warner Avenue, it features one of the widest beaches in Southern California and a parallel pastoral 14-acre park, known as the "Green Belt," where residents of the quiet seaside community walk their dogs and children enjoy the playground.
Amenities: Here you’ll find public restrooms, outdoor showers, and a playground.
Hours & Parking: Open from 5 am to 10 pm. Score free parking in the lot at Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. Public parking is also available along Pacific Avenue and left of Starbucks in Peter's Landing.
Restrictions: No alcohol, glass, dogs, smoking, or tent camping allowed.
Concessions: Go shopping and grab a bite at one of many local shops and restaurants along Pacific Coast Highway.
Perks: Sunset Beach is a throwback to a time when life moved slower and people picked up their own mail. Its unique history begins in the early 1900s and evolves through eras of the Pacific Electric Railway, duck hunting, Prohibition, and devastating earthquakes. Up until 2011, Sunset Beach remained its own little city, but even now as a proud part of Surf City USA, it still retains its own funky personality—one you can experience via the Historical Sunset Beach Walking Tour.