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Best Ocean Swimming? Will Rogers State Beach, Says Nature Conservancy

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Today apparently is Ocean Oscars day for the The Nature Conservancy. The behemoth environmental organization has been working with partners to preserve California State Beaches for over 50 years and today honored their favorite spots. Only one L.A. County beach made the list and that was Will Rogers State Beach for Best Swimming. They call it "one of the nicest beaches in California to take a dip in the ocean and bask in the sunshine on a beach towel."

And no surprises for the honor bestowed in Orange County. Huntington State Beach took the Best Surfing category. The beach is also an important conservancy spot, too. "This popular beach is also a nesting sanctuary for the California least tern, a rare and endangered species," the group said. "The beach is also home to the threatened snowy plover."

Other honors when to Montana de Oro State Park in San Luis Obispo for Best Adventure, Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur for Best Beachcombing, Eastshore State Park in San Francisco for Best Urban Retreat, Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel for Best Diving, Manchester State Park in Manchester for Best Walk on the Beach and Tomales Bay State Park in Inverness for Best Windsurfing.