For the second post of the #iloveyoucalifornia series, I'm taking you to one of my favorite beaches of all time: Grey Whale Cove. It's right off Highway 1, and if you blink you'll miss it - you can't actually see it from the road. Just after the Pacifica tunnel, there's a tiny parking lot on the left side of the Highway. You leave your car there, and then have to make a trickily-timed run across the highway to the walking entrance to the beach.
This area of the coast is known as Devil's Slide because of past land erosion - and it still has a wild feeling to it. The beach sits just in front of some crazy steep cliffs, and then meets the ocean after about 80 feet. I love how dramatic the landscape is. If you sit down on the sand, all the sounds of the ocean get captured by the cliffs behind you - waves sound louder here than any other beach I've visited and I love it.
The far north side is a nude beach. Being naked on a beach seems like my worst nightmare (in public? getting sand everywhere? going in freezing ocean water with bare boobs? why would anyone ever want to do this????), but if that's your thing, there's probably nowhere more beautiful to go for a skinny dip.
The cliffs are also amazing for whale watching during migration season (December - May). I've seen a few at a verrry far distance, but rumor has it that they occasionally come close to the shore.