Enjoy sun, surf and so much more.

The Mandalay Coast is California’s next famous beach. But for now, it feels like it’s all yours. Where sleepy sailboats rest on crystal-blue waters, sand dunes are waiting to be discovered, and it’s easy to lose all sense of time—and all sense of worry.

Weekends are lively, with surfers, beachcombers, seashell hunters and kayakers enjoying the sun and waves. Despite the buzz of activity, there’s always a secluded patch to steal away for a romantic afternoon picnic, fishing expedition or wondrous nature walk.