How Many Silver Strands are there in California?


TRIVIA QUESTION: How many Silver Strands does California have?

ANSWER: 2. For those who don’t know what a “silver strand” is, it might best be described as a strand or piece of land with characteristics of silver. In California terms, it’s usually a beach that acquired that name based on what people thought about when they saw it. There is no evidence that silver has actually been found on Silver Strand(s), all 2 of them in California.


  • Location: 5000 Highway 75, Coronado, CA
  • Activities: Camping, swimming, surfing, boating, water-skiing, volleyball, fishing and picnicking.
  • Description: Silver Strand State Beach features extensive beaches on both the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay. The bay side of the park offers views of San Diego Bay. The bay side of the park is restricted to pedestrian traffic only. No vehicles are allowed in the tunnels or on the bay side. The water in the bay area is usually warmer and calmer. Ramadas, tables, barbecue pits, and fire rings are available. South of the developed area, there are one and a half miles of ocean and natural preserve. Restroom and cold showers located on each side of the park. Silver Strand Beach Cafe open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.
  • Parking: Four large parking lots accommodate up to 1,000 vehicles. Flat fee $10 charged per car, but plans are underway to change to self-pay machines where you select pro-rated time, and may be in place.


  • Location: End of Victoria Ave., Oxnard, CA
  • Activities: Boogie boarding, surfing, body surfing, pet friendly, picnics.
  • Dogs: On leash before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Must bring your own doggie disposal bags and must clean up!
  • Description: Mile-long stretch of silvery beach is a beautiful spot to relax in the sun or have a picnic. Public restrooms are at the north of the beach and Lifeguards patrol between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Beach wheelchairs located at lifeguard towers–call to confirm: (805) 382-3007.
  • Parking: Free from sunrise to sunset in two lots– one adjacent to San Nicholas Road, the other adjacent to Sawtelle Avenue.

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