The beaches along the Sonoma Coast are one of a kind. While most people link sunbathing and warm water with California beaches, those of us who live in the northern part of the state know better — better pack your jacket! While we do see some sunny days on our coast, fog and wind are the usual weather.

However, don't let the climate deter you from a day at the beach. Our beaches are some of the most beautiful in California, allowing for days of tide-pooling, surfing, beach combing, whale watching and more.

Click through the gallery above for photos of the beaches along the Sonoma Coast. For more information on local beaches, you can visit californiabeaches.com.