My MOST FAVORITE beach on the West coast is Pacific Beach State Park. You can literally RV and/or camp within a few feet of the sand, and it's never crowded! Every time I'm there, I always spend hours photographing the night's sky. Here's a few long exposures taken in almost complete darkness. The moon was very bright, and almost resembles the sun making for some interesting landscapes. For most of these, the shutter was open anywhere from thirty seconds to a few minutes, resulting in the star-trails that you see in the background.