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Heal The Bay Beach Report Is Out And Ouch For Some California Beaches

Santa Cruz Leads In Dirtiest Water; Santa Monica Pier Makes List

Santa Cruz pier
It’s hard to fathom that this beach in Santa Cruz Heal did so poorly in Heal the Bay’s report.


The annual beach report from Heal The Bay is out and it’s a big “ouch!,” for some beaches.

For others, it’s an “ahhh.”

The report actually concerns the water quality in front of beaches rather than the beaches themselves.

And leading the way on the “ouch!” side is the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Specifically, this is called Cowell Beach at the wharf.

And on the “ahhh,” side are 15 beaches from San Simeon to San Diego (Heal The Bay did not rank these as they did the others beaches).

Really, what this does is bring attention to the California beaches and the need to try and keep the water as clean as possible. The report talks about all kinds of gnarly things like bacteria levels, but nothing is unsafe.

Some of it has to do with poor water circulation, which is why Marina del Rey’s Mother’s Beach, the curved area in front of the Cheesecake Factory and a favorite spot for kids because there’s no wave action is always on the “bad beach” list.

Here’s the complete list of what Heal The Bay calls the Honor Roll, followed by the Beach Bummer List.

Heal The Bay Honor Roll Beaches 2015

• San Simeon, at Pico Avenue, Morro Bay City Beach and (San Luis Obispo County)
• El Capitan State Beach (Santa Barbara County)
• Oil Pier Beach Solimar Beach, Surfer’s Point at Seaside Surfer’s Knoll (Ventura County)
• Bluff Cove, Palos Verdes Estates, Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, Portuguese Bend Cove Palso Verdes (L.A.)
• Balboa Beach, The Wedge Treasure Island Beach Laguna Lido Apartments Dana Point Harbor Guest Dock (Orange County)
• Encinitas, San Elijo State Park Cardiff State Beach, Charthouse parking Ocean Beach, Ocean Pier Point Loma, Lighthouse Coronado, Silver Strand (San Diego)

Heal the Bay Beach Bummer List 2015

1.)    Cowell Beach – at the wharf (Santa Cruz County)
2.)    Marina del Rey – Mother’s Beach (Los Angeles County)
3.)    Clam Beach County Park (Humboldt County)
4.)    Marina Lagoon (San Mateo County)
5.)    Mission Bay at Clairmont Drive (San Diego County)
6.)    Stillwater Cove (Monterey County)
7.)    Candlestick Point/Sunnydale Cove (San Francisco County)
8.)    Santa Monica Pier (Los Angeles County)
9.)    Cabrillo Beach harborside (Los Angeles County
10.)    Huntington State Beach at Brookhurst (Orange County)

Thanksgiving Weekend Weather Forecasts At USA Beaches

Sunny Skies And Warm Temperatures In Southern California

Coronado Beach San Diego
Coronado Beach in San Diego is one of the best places for weather over Thanksgiving.


It seems whenever I do one of these holiday weekend weather reports, the advice is always the same: Head west for the best beach weather.

And that’s the case once again for Thanksgiving Day in 2014. Southern California will be basking in 70-degree weather and sunshine.

Los Angeles – which has beaches including Malibu, Santa Monica, Long Beach and the lively South Bay consisting of Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo – it’s the usual warm Thanksgiving weather. Perfect for hanging out on the beach and/or taking a bike ride along The Strand. On Saturday, USC takes on Notre Dame in the LA Coliseum; if you are going be sure and bring a sweatshirt (but NOT one that says ND, ha).

San Diego – Ditto for the most fun city in California. Have drinks on the deck of the Hotel Del overlooking Coronado, stroll the dramatic cliffs in La Jolla and act like it’s endless summer in Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach and Mission Beach. Or, get a convertible and cruise up the coast through the beach towns of Del Mar, Encinitas, San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.

Northern California – San Francisco will be nice with sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s but remember it gets cold in “the City” at night so always have a jacket or sweatshirt with you. If you’re going wine tasting, Napa will also be mostly sunny and in the mid-60s (Friday is going to be the best and brightest day). If you find yourself in Carmel or Monterey, consider yourself lucky! Plus, the weather will be mostly sunny and mid-60s but like in San Francisco it will get chilly at night. Up the coast 45 minutes in Santa Cruz, do all your outdoor activities before Saturday when rain is expected to arrive in this cool little beach town.

Hawaii – The weather in Southern California actually surpasses that of the #1 Thanksgiving destination according to PubClub.com, Honolulu. While the temperatures in paradise will be in the typical mid-80s, it will be mostly cloudy the entire weekend. This will not affect the parade through Waikiki Beach, which takes place Friday evening and honors Pearl Harbor survivors and victims.  Maui and the Big Island will have sunshine.

Another fairly pleasant beach to be at on Turkey Day Weekend is South Padre Island, Texas. There, it will be partly sunny Thursday and Friday with full sunshine arriving on Saturday, with temperatures in the mid-60s and upper 50s at night.

The South and East Coast will be coming out of a period of thunderstorms by Thursday with overall mostly sunny skies. Here’s a breakdown from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard.

Florida –In South Beach, rain on Wednesday gives way to to partly sunny skies the rest of the weekend with highs in the low 70s dropping to about 60 at night. The situation is similar in Key West with rain on Wednesday, mostly cloudy Thursday and Friday and showers Saturday morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-70s and mid-60s.  In the Keys, it will be cloudy and windy Thursday and Friday and sunny on Saturday. On the West Coast of the Sunshine State, St. Pete will be very pleasant, mostly sunny Thursday thru the weekend with temperatures a mild 65.

South Carolina – Myrtle Beach will be nice, albeit cool at night, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (55 high, 40 low) with rain coming in on Saturday night. The nice resort area of Hilton Head Island will be sunny but a tad cool, especially at night. The daytime highs are expected to be in the mid-50s with the evening temperatures dropping to the low 40s.

Ocean City, MD – This popular beach town will be cool and sunny with temperatures stretching to 50 on Friday but lows in the mid-30s.

Martha’s Vineyard – A warm stretch of weather hits the East Coast on Thanksgiving and that is going to make Martha’s Vineyard rather pleasant, at least by November standards. It will be mostly sunny with temperatures hovering near 50 and lows a tolerable 38-39. Rain is expected to arrive on Saturday.