8 Stunning Beaches to Build Your California Bucket List

No matter what part of the world you live in, you’ve probably daydreamed of visiting the Golden State. It’s one of our daydream destinations, too! California is a travel hot spot and the most visited state in the U.S. Well-known for Hollywood, Disneyland, and the Golden Gate Bridge, California is also home to incredible wineries, world-class universities, and, most importantly, numerous breathtaking beaches along 800-miles of Pacific Coastline. California’s beaches range from sandy to rocky, sunny to foggy, and everything in between. No visit to the Golden State is complete without a sunset view from the shore, so add these eight stunning beaches to your California bucket list:

1. El Matador State Beach 

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Wave Hello to the #BeachBound Winner

Spread out your towel, slather on that sunscreen and sink into beachy bliss at this secret cove in Curaçao. . . then congratulate Bonnie Bareford for her winning #BeachBound discovery! Bonnie’s Trover tip notes this find is a favorite hangout for locals, so you know it’s gotta be good. Can’t you hear the waves lapping at the shore as warm tropical breezes dance in your hair?

Knip Beach, Curacao. #BeachBound Winner

Bonnie shares that Knip Beach is a “beautiful small cove where the locals go.”

Trovers like you delivered a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea with a #BeachBound bounty! You shared over 3000 travel tips & pics of the best in sand & surf. From favorite hangouts to just horsing around, we were blown away by your jaw-dropping wildlife encounterscrystal-covered shores, and what you can find under the boardwalk. There could only be one winner of the #BeachBound Photo Sweepstakes, but keep your eyes on the horizon for your next chance to win!

In the mean time, congratulate Bonnie and soak up this scene of white sands and cerulean seas as the chill vibes wash over you. Thank you to everyone for sharing your hot travel tips and beachy goodness—your discoveries prove that life really is better at the beach!

There’s more to “sea.” Check out the full #BeachBound list. Trove on!

12 of the Most Incredible Sydney Beaches

Sydney beaches come in all shapes and sizes, but never fail to impress. Between the more than 100 beaches in and around Sydney, you should have no problem finding one that makes your beach dreams come true.

In addition to providing amazing views, gorgeous sunsets, and some of the best surf spots in the world, many Sydney beaches feature incredible outdoor pools that will make for a swim you’ll never forget. While every beach in Sydney is awesome for its own reasons, here are 12 Sydney Beaches we think are especially incredible:

1. Bronte Beach

Bronte Beach in Sydney

Trover photo by Laurence Dryer

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13 Awesome Shipwrecks Around the World

Shipwrecks offer a glimpse into the past, serve as artificial reefs for tropical marine life, and, let’s be honest, totally inspire our inner pirates and mermaids. What’s not to love?

Thankfully, the oceans and beaches of the world are dotted with thousands of shipwrecks just waiting to be explored, photographed, and gawked at. To kickstart your marine explorer mode, here are 13 of the Most Awesome Shipwrecks from Around the World:

1. The Wreck of the Peter Iredale at Fort Stevens State Park in Oregon

Trover photo by Blayden Thompson

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17 Spots to Hit on the Ultimate California Road Trip

As the most populous state in the U.S., California offers visitors a lot more than just Disneyland and the Hollywood sign. Many of California’s most incredible spots fall along its 800+ mile long coast, facing the majestic Pacific Ocean. Luckily for us, much of this coastline is hugged closely by the fabled California State Route 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway, creating a superb setting for the Ultimate California Road Trip.

While there are hundreds of sites you could see and dozens of routes you can take on your own California Road Trip, here are 17 of our favorite California Road Trip destinations to see this summer along California’s beautiful coast:

1. McWay Falls at the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park near Monterey, California

Trover photo by Alex Sam

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