Beaches and Parks from Monterey to Ventura

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Between Monterey Bay and Ventura County's Santa Monica Mountains lie some of California's most spectacular coastal destinations. This easy-to-use, up-to-date, comprehensive guidebook is the essential companion for all visitors—sightseers, hikers, swimmers, surfers, campers, birders, boaters, and anglers—who want to explore California's fabulous shoreline.

The California Coastal Commission was created by the voters of California, who adopted an initiative measure in 1972 that ...

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Overview

Between Monterey Bay and Ventura County's Santa Monica Mountains lie some of California's most spectacular coastal destinations. This easy-to-use, up-to-date, comprehensive guidebook is the essential companion for all visitors—sightseers, hikers, swimmers, surfers, campers, birders, boaters, and anglers—who want to explore California's fabulous shoreline.

The California Coastal Commission was created by the voters of California, who adopted an initiative measure in 1972 that formed the Commission and gave it broad powers to plan and protect the coast. Later, the California Coastal Act of 1976 established the Commission as a permanent state agency with a mission to protect, maintain, and enhance the quality of the coastal environment. One of the Commission's principal goals is to maintain public access and public recreational opportunities along the coast, in a manner consistent with environmental preservation.

The guide includes:

* Descriptions of more than 310 beaches, parks, campgrounds, nature preserves, natural history museums, and outdoor recreation sites on or near the coast

* The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos, Big Sur, Hearst Castle, Morro Rock, Santa Barbara, Channel Islands National Park, the spacious white sandy beaches of Ventura County, and more

* 40 color topographic maps showing shoreline access and trails, 4 regional maps, and 2 foldout maps of California and its ocean

* Easy-to-use charts that list key facilities and features, including wildlife viewing, food and drink, access for wheelchair users, and parking

* Illustrated articles describing natural history, geology, local history, and more

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520249493
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/4/2007
  • Series: Experience the California Coast Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 1,392,368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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The California Coastal Commission was created by the voters of California, who adopted an initiative measure in 1972 that formed the Commission and gave it broad powers to plan and protect the coast. Later, the California Coastal Act of 1976 established the Commission as a permanent state agency with a mission to protect, maintain, and enhance the quality of the coastal environment. One of the Commission’s principal goals is to maintain public access and public recreational opportunities along the coast, in a manner consistent with environmental preservation.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     11
Using This Guide     14
Map Legend     18
Monterey County 19-110
Northern Monterey County     22
Salinas River to Sand City     30
Seaside to Monterey     34
Monterey Central     42
Monterey and Cannery Row     50
Pacific Grove     56
17-Mile Drive     64
Carmel Area     72
Big Sur North     82
Point Sur to Big Sur Valley     90
Pfeiffer Beach to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park     94
Esalen to Mill Creek     98
Big Sur South     102
San Luis Obispo County 111-180
Ragged Point to Hearst Castle     114
San Simeon to Moonstone Beach     122
Cambria Area     130
Estero Bluffs to Morro Strand     138
Morro Bay     142
Morro Bay and Baywood Park     150
Morro Bay and Montana de Oro State Park     154
Avila Beach     162
Shell Beach     166
Pismo Beach to Oceano     170
Pismo State Beach to Nipomo Dunes     174
Santa Barbara County 181-252
Santa Maria River to Jalama Beach     184
PointConception to Gaviota     192
Arroyo Hondo to Naples Reef     202
Goleta Area     206
Santa Barbara West     214
Santa Barbara Central     218
Santa Barbara to Montecito     224
Summerland to Carpinteria     232
Channel Islands National Park     240
Ventura County 253-299
Ventura County North     256
Rincon Parkway to Ventura River     260
San Buenaventura     264
Ventura Harbor Area     268
Oxnard Area     274
Port Hueneme Area     280
Point Mugu to Los Angeles County Line     288
Features
Caring for the Coast     15
Maritime Chaparral     26
Monterey Bay Dunes     38
Monterey Bay Aquarium     46
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary     60
Monterey Pine Forest     68
Rocky Shore     79
Rivers and Streams     86
Santa Lucia Range     106
Northern Elephant Seals     120
Colors of the Coast     126
Coastal Prairie     134
Bays and Estuaries     146
Coast Live Oak Woodland     158
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes     178
The Island of California     188
Giant Kelp Forest     198
Vernal Pools     212
Geology of the Transverse Ranges     228
Coastal Sage Scrub     236
Northern Channel Islands     248
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary     251
Ocean Currents and Sand Transport     272
Beaches     278
The Ocean     284
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area     292
Protecting Coastal Resources     294
Afterword     300
Acknowledgments     301
Glossary     304
Selected State and Federal Agencies     307
Bibliography     308
Index     311
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