If pool lounging, beach swims, and giant mimosas aren't on your vacation list of must-dos, you're probably not doing it right. Luckily for you, the best things to do on spring break in California have all of these and more. You can also rent a clear kayak, chase waterfalls, and soak in secret natural hot springs. 

Thousand Steps Beach

Location: 31972 Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CAWhy You Should Go: You can swim in beautiful ocean pools and an actual beach cove.


Santa Monica Pier

Location: Santa Monica, CA

Why You Should Go: If you want to experience a slice of quintessential Southern California, Santa Monica is the place to be. You can ride the pier roller coaster, take a dip in the ocean, and explore the 3rd Street Promenade.



Location: 1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA

Why You Should Go: Disneyland's Dapper Day is coming in April, and so is the Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland California Adventure.


The Mermaid

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Price: $488 a night; that's only $34.85 per person if you split the cost with friends.

Location: Paso Robles, CA

Why You Should Go: You and your friends can rent out an entire villa with a waterfall and swim-up bar for cheap.

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Palm Springs

Location: Palm Springs, CA

Why You Should Go: There are so many cute hotels and Airbnbs to stay at; it's the ultimate place for pool-lounging and good old R&R. Did we mention it's hot and sunny year-round?


Alabama Hills 

Location: Alabama Hills, CA

Why You Should Go: You can hike amidst rock formations that look out of this world and camp for free under beautiful clear, starlight skies.


Area 55 Futuro House

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Price: $223 a night for up to 4 guests; that's only $55.75 each before taxes and fees.

Location: Joshua Tree, CA

Why You Should Go: You can sleep in a UFO flying saucer house under the stars.


Wild Society

Price: A kayak for two starts at $50 per hour.

Location: 8612 N Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, CA

Why You Should Go: You can rent a clear kayak to explore the emerald waters of Lake Tahoe.


Mist Trail

Location: Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA

Why You Should Go: This short hike will give you gorgeous views of rainbow waterfalls and the surrounding Yosemite Valley.


La Jolla Shores

Location: La Jolla, CA

Why You Should Go: You can swim or snorkel with leopard sharks for free in the beautiful waters of La Jolla Shores.


Emerald Pools

Location: Emerald Pools Trail, Nevada City, CA

Why You Should Go: You can swim in amazing clear blue water pools. Chances are, you'll get it all to yourself.


Mimosas Gourmet

Location: 30 S El Dorado St., Stockton, CA

Why You Should Go: You can sip the largest mimosas in California and indulge in delicious craving-satisfying brunch food.


Can't get enough of California? If you want to extend your stay, you should also check out this list of the best road trip ideas across the state. Psst. There is an actual purple sand beach!