My kids and I love going to the beach but for many years we seemed to go to the same ones all the time. So I stopped by the Automobile Club and asked them if they had a brochure on all the local area beaches open to the public. They shrugged their shoulders and said no such guidebook existed. They handed me a fold out map, which was of no use to me as I wanted to know exactly how to get to these beaches, if they have restrooms, parking, etc.
Then I started searching around the Internet for information and found bits and pieces in various locations that were moderately useful. But I still wanted one consolidated place where I could find out about where to go to the beach around Ventura County on up the coast to Carpinteria and down to Malibu.
So finally I compiled a comprehensive list of local area beaches, in two parts (click the links)
This took a lot of time to compile, so I truly hope you benefit from these lists! While I have not personally been to all 40+ beaches on this list, I've either visited or driven past the pretty much all of the beaches. So enjoy and provide feedback if you have comments and/or additional information.