Best Beaches
USA Today names Top 10 for California
Ah, California beaches. If ever there were  1something that stirs passion, the gorgeous beaches of the Golden State are sure to get your juices flowing. The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean and numerous other pop groups from last century figured it out. So did Baywatch.

But which beaches are the absolute best? Well there is no more guessing because USA Today had their readers vote on their favorites. They called it the USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice contest, and here are the winners:

Orange County's Huntington Beach came out on top. It is, after all, known as Surf City and hosts the International Surfing Museum. Runner up was Hermosa Beach, located in Los Angeles County and readers liked its clean sand and numerous volleyball courts and trails.

If you're curious how the other California beaches did, check out the order in which they finished:

Huntington Beach - Huntington Beach

Hermosa Beach - Los Angeles

Capitola Beach - Santa Cruz

Manhattan Beach - Manhattan Beach

East Beach - Santa Barbara

Coronado Beach - San Diego

Crystal Cove State Park - Laguna Beach

Santa Monica Beach - Santa Monica

Moonstone Beach - Cambria

Pfeiffer Beach - Big Sur
PHOTO CREDITS: Cary Ordway
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