California has a beautiful coastline with amazing beaches that residents work, live, and play in everyday. They are not just an important place for recreation, but to learn about the ocean and encourage its protection by witnessing the life it sustains. However, affordable public access to beaches is challenged by private property owners that want to keep portions of the coast to themselves.

We need to fight to keep access to beaches available to all.

  • According to the Coastal Act, all California beaches are public up to the mean high tide line. As long as visitors stay on the wet beach, they are within their right regardless of adjacent private property.
  • Even with the act in place, 62% of CA voters cite access to beaches as a problem. The majority of them report affordability problems. 78% have trouble finding affordable parking while 75% have few affordable overnight options.

Beach Access Factsheet:

California Coastal Access

Contact: Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš (mar@azulproject.org)