Although James Lee Park is the farthest from my home, it is worth the drive. It became my favorite beach more than 30 years ago, and even though there has been tremendous development up and down Scenic Highway 98, it has retained its place of honor.
In fact, my most recent visit was late July 2018 where I took the picture above. It was a perfect day, the water was absolutely perfect, clear cool and refreshing. Today the water was more of the traditional light emerald green in color! We were there before the crowds showed.
This beach park (like most of the larger ones) uses a little commercial develoment to make the park better. An on-site quality restaurant called the Crap Trap is pure dining pleasure.