California Beach

California Beach - Norfolk
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A little slice of California in Norfolk! Well it’s a lovely sandy beach, surf isn’t too great and the sun doesn’t always shine, but besides that…

Located just down the coast from the less exotic sounding Scratby, California beach sits at the foot of sloping cliffs beyond which is a vast expanse of caravan parks. This means the beach is never as quiet as it might be, but it also means there are plenty of facilities.

Access to the beach is down a slope with steps at the bottom.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Pub nearby

Nearest town

Great Yarmouth

OS grid ref.

TG 5188 1474

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California Beach Reviews

Rubbish left on beach unacceptable

Jul 15th 2020

We’ve had a little holiday chalet at California for 3 yrs now. Usually, California beach is uncrowded & spotless. Recently, we’ve been dismayed to see it much busier-and worse, some people leaving their rubbish on the beach eg empty beer bottles & plastic glasses etc. It’s no-one’s job to clean this beach & there are bins at the top of the beach stairs. So use them, people!

Aug 26th 2019

Clear and calm water - lovely for a swim.

lovely beach

Charlotte Cook
Jun 30th 2020

Nice beach soft sand but slope is a little steep going back up. The steps at the bottom of the slope are fine. Normally quiet