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Head for the Coast

A roundup of coastal destinations offers great food, ravishing scenery, and otherworldly tide pools.

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California's coast south of Carmel has inspired poets and painters.

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.