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Beaches and Parks from Monterey to Ventura

Counties Included: Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura

California Coastal Commis (Author)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 318 pages
ISBN: 9780520249493
April 2007
$31.95, £21.95
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
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.
“Easy-to-use, up-to-date, comprehensive guidebook. . . . The best guide to beaches and parks for this section of coastline I have yet come across.”—Salinas Californian
“An up-to-date, comprehensive guidebook.”—Midwest Book Review
“An irresistible invitation to explore some of the most wondrous natural places along the shore. Turn the pages and you’ll want to set forth.”—California Coast & Ocean
“The definitive guide that is a must-have for anyone who wants to fully enjoy our beaches. [It] will open your eyes to all that you are missing out on where our magnificent coast is concerned.”—Central Coast Magazine
“Whatever your age or touring interests, this is an information-packed volume that will help you get the most out of this geographically diverse and historically rich part of California. . . . a pleasure to read as well as to use.”—Courier-Journal
"Those of us born and raised along the California coast know and treasure the great beauty, diversity and natural wonder of the most remarkable coastline in the world. This wonderful book gives you a chance to share that great experience of California's beaches and parks so that perhaps you too will understand why we care so much about protecting this unique coastal resource for the future."—Leon E. Panetta, Panetta Institute

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