Nestled along the sleepy shores of northern California, lies a unique wonder just seven miles from San Francisco. While most California seashores aren't a surprise to us, this one is in all the best ways. If you're looking for unique beaches in California to get away, why not try out this one with actual chocolate-colored sand?

You may have thought that these richly-colored strands only existed in a place like Willy Wonka's factory.

This spot is still very much under the radar and that's part of what makes it so special. The natural beauty attracts visitors of all types, including daytrippers, fishermen, and surfers.

Take a look around. Rockaway Beach is totally road trip goals.

It's free to enter and open year-round. You can spend a whole day lounging and picnicking on the sand if you want to.

Whether you're scheming up a BFF spring vacation or a special trip with your special someone, this is one place you won't want to miss. It's time to take all the pics and make all the memories!

Those who've been to Norcal know the beaches are even chilly in summer, so make sure to bring extra layers when you visit. But windy or not, we're convinced we've found a little slice of heaven here on earth.

Take a look for yourself and see.

To get there, you'll take Highway 1 in Pacifica and follow it all the way to Rockaway Beach Avenue and then turn on Old Country Road. You can find full driving instructions here


Since it's a dog-friendly beach, you can even bring your furry friend along.

While it's open year-round, the best time to visit is during the spring and summer when temperatures are a little warmer. 

Wondering what makes the sandy shores such a rich brown color? The color of the sand is caused by an abundance of iron oxide magnetite in the area.

If you've been dreaming of a serene escape from city life, you won't find anything quite like this. The Golden State sure knows how to surprise us.

Rockaway Beach

Price: Free

Location: Rockaway Beach, Pacifica, CA

Why You Should Go: You can explore this rare chocolate sand beach in California.


Editor's Note: The right cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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