Summertime in Boulevard calls for days spent shoreside. And there are plenty of beaches just a quick trip away from your new home.

You don’t have to cross the bay to find a good beach day. The beloved Alameda Beach is under an hour away on Alameda Island. Let your littles play in the calm water of the bay. Serve an ace at the sand volleyball courts. Practice your backhand on the tennis courts at the park just offshore. Throw a frisbee for your four-legged friend at the dog park. And you can’t beat the colorful sunset outlining the San Francisco skyline in the distance.

Just across the San Mateo Bridge, Half Moon Bay State Beach is the oceanside getaway you’ve been looking for. Have a picnic. Read a good book while getting your tan on. And explore all the beautiful nature that surrounds. If you’re wanting a longer getaway, why not stay awhile? Make your reservation at the Half Moon Bay State Beach Campground for a rejuvenating weekend away from home with the family.

A quick trip south will take you straight to Main Beach in Santa Cruz. Pitch your umbrella in the sand. Relax under the shining sun. Surf the ocean waves. And all of it is right along the iconic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Hop on the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster. Have a blast at the arcade. And chow down on some good eats from the bright, colorful booths.

There are always places to go and things to see near Boulevard. And with these ideal shoreline destinations, a beach day is never far away.