A roundup of coastal destinations offers great food, ravishing scenery, and otherworldly tide pools.
As summer begins, it’s time to hit the beach. So pack your towels, books, and tunes for a seaside escape to one of our favorite spots along the West Coast. Whether your destination is sunny California or rugged Oregon, dig your toes into the sand, take a deep breath of salty Pacific air, and relax.
Big Sur, Calif. : Caribbean-blue coves, juicy burgers, and hiking trails
Best Beach Towns : Six places to dig your toes in the sand
Monterey Peninsula : From world-class golf courses to Cannery Row, six towns with different vibes
Oregon's North Coast : Dramatic shorelines and laid-back towns, rain or shine
Tide pools : Intertidal beauty in six spots on the Pacific Coast
Cambria, Calif. : A Central Coast hamlet on Highway 1
Photography by David H. Collier 
This article was first published in March 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.