As a family, our favorite place on the coast (so far) is Salinas. Although it is technically a city, it really is just a town with a ton of vacation condos. It feels very safe and the beach is beautiful. There are polite food/souvenir vendors, the beach is clean and the water is warm. What else could you wish for?
A while ago, we published a video of the beach in Salinas. Have you been there? Is it your favorite as well?