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17 Best Beaches in Los Angeles
Islands & Beaches
Ever want to say “nope” to the world, grab your sunscreen, and while away the hours listening to the surf roll onto a soft sandy beach?
By Krista Simmons and Maxwell Williams
One of the biggest draws of the Los Angeles area is the beach scene (especially when you’ve had enough of the traffic). We put together our list of some of the best spots in the L.A. area to relax by the Pacific, whether you have a dog, want to hang glide, fancy a snorkel or a kayak, can’t do without catching some waves on your surfboard, enjoy birding, or just have a hankering to swim and nap. Behold, our picks for the best beaches in and around Los Angeles, with tips for how to make the most of each one.
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Paradise Cove BeachArrow
Paradise Cove Beach is a tiny, public/private beach tucked beneath the cliffs of Malibu. It’s mostly under the auspices of the Paradise Cove Beach Café, who provide all the amenities, but you can access the beach for free if you want to swim or surf. Many who visit come to rent out the private terraces, beach beds, and lounges, and if you can pony up the cash (the private terraces can run almost $800 on the most expensive weekend days), it’s one of the most relaxing spots in Malibu. If you want to get a great beach walk in, stroll from Escondido to Paradise Cove, and you’ll have earned that glass of rosé at sunset.
Come to Venice Beach for the mile-and-a-half of silky sands, where you can lay down a blanket on and gaze out into the Pacific, and stay for the beloved Venice Beach Boardwalk, where street performers and vendors busk and sell their wares, muscle men lift huge amounts of weight, and subcultures congregate. It’s a lively spot for those who like a bit of excitement with their beach day.
Carbon Beach (Billionaire’s Beach)Arrow
Carbon Beach isn’t a private beach, but it feels like one. You’ll encounter a few other folks as you walk behind the homes of the ultra-wealthy, but otherwise, this long stretch of beach is about as secluded as Malibu gets. The water is excellent for swimming, calm with no rocks, and the sand is soft and cozy—perfect to laze out on all afternoon. Carbon Beach is best for a quiet walk or a jog. There are few places in Malibu that aren’t overrun with people, and this is one of them, so enjoy that to the fullest.
Sacred Cove and Abalone Cove Shoreline ParkArrow
Sacred Cove and Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, a coastal hike, leads to a secluded cove that’s marked by stunning tide pools and rock formations. If you’re looking for a sunbathing beach, this isn’t it, but if you’re after natural beauty, you’ve come to the right spot: The tide pools filled with starfish, sea anemones, and abalone shells, and the views out to sea are spectacular—on a clear day you can see Catalina Island.
Santa Monica State BeachArrow
Santa Monica is one of the most iconic beaches in the Greater Los Angeles area. Its long white sandy beaches, pier, and Annenberg Community Beach House define it, and it’s always teeming with activity and people. Roller coaster rides, Segways, pancakes, luxury hotels—you can get almost anything you need on Santa Monica Beach and its famous white sand’s not too bad either. If you don’t find something to do there, you’re not looking.
Leo Carrillo State ParkArrow
Leo Carrillo State Park is an ecologically diverse spot with rocky crags jutting into the ocean, Malibu mountains to hike, and pristine water with rich tide pools. Set on 1.5 miles of perfect beach, it’s a paradise for surfers, swimmers, beach loungers, windsurfers, fishing enthusiasts, and curious explorers of coastal caves. Though the water at Leo Carrillo is accommodating for any type of visitor, the best part is the beach’s campground shaded by giant sycamore trees.
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Set amid a 121-acre park that was established in 1942 and spans the tippity-top of Orange County, the Huntington City Beach is the most iconic beach on this stretch. It’s known for its surf breaks, International Surfing Museum, and vibrant day and nightlife. There are tons of surf shops if you want to rent a board or buy a towel, plus heaps of restaurants, bars, local breweries, and a really cute pier. And though it’s not on the beach you’d remiss if you didn’t get a fish taco at Normita’s Surf City Taco, a local favorite.
Point Dume State BeachArrow
Point Dume is situated at the end of Malibu at a point that juts into the Pacific with a dramatic cliff’s edge and drops down to a beautiful crescent-shaped beach. The water is crystal clear, making it a perfect place to swim on a sweltering summer day, and a great scuba spot where sea lions are known to swim around with you. The beach is also famous for being a great spot to learn how to rock climb. It has a little bit of something for everybody.
El Matador State BeachArrow
El Matador is the kind of beach an Angeleno immediately takes you to from the airport. It’s a natural beauty—hidden away down a steep staircase with dramatic craggy rock formations that seem to have risen from the Pacific, plus tide pools that offer a glimpse at our undersea friends. If you decide to check them out for photos or simple exploration, make sure to wear water shoes as the rocks can be difficult to navigate. There are zero services or amenities at El Matador—it’s a natural wonder. Bring your own beach towels, sunscreen, and picnic gear, and you’ll be all set for the day.
Main Beach, situated right in the middle of downtown Laguna Beach, is usually bustling during the summer months. But those who aren’t afraid of a crowd will enjoy lots of amenities including volleyball and basketball courts, a boardwalk that runs the entire length of the beach, and the all-important playground for the kids. Plus the sand in the water is soft, which makes Main Beach a perfect spot to beat the heat with a nice swim.
Dockweiler State BeachArrow
Dockweiler State Beach is a long, sandy beach just to the south of LAX. It’s one of the most easily accessible beaches in LA, and parking is plentiful (at $6 to $13 per car, depending on the season). It’s a great hang gliding spot and a nice swimming zone, too, with gentle breezes and still water to paddle out in. The water itself is crystal clear, and soft sands make for nice barefoot walks. Whether you’re looking to swim, enjoy an evening beachside barbecue, or take a hang gliding lesson, Dockweiler is a solid bet.
Though it’s far from hidden, Manhattan Beach is the embodiment of the California lifestyle you grew up watching on TV: a stretch of sand dotted with year-round tans, good-looking people playing volleyball, beach cruisers gliding by with toy dogs in their baskets, and cute, family-owned restaurants and bars. You can drive and park, of course, but it’s just as easy to access this beach on two wheels: Take a bike ride along the Marvin Braude Bike Trail from Redondo or even as far away Santa Monica—it’s a workout and a sightseeing tour in one.
Surfrider Beach is small, about a mile long, but it’s a gem. The wooden pier is perfect for selfies and saltwater fishing, and the water is clean and perfect for swimming. A little further out, Surfrider becomes an ideal surf spot—it’s not called Surfrider for nothing. Just to the west of the beach is Malibu Lagoon, a state park with ample birding, and a path around the estuary lined with native plants. Every surfer has to ride the waves at Surfrider once in their life, but it’s a perfect spot for lounging, birding, and kayaking, too.
Will Rogers State BeachArrow
Will Rogers benefits from being between the Pacific Palisades and Topanga—it’s a sort of no man’s land that makes it less crowded than most of the nearby beaches, despite its proximity to Santa Monica. (You won’t feel like someone’s always treading on your towel or standing in your sunlight.) It’s one of those big wide beaches with plenty of room for everyone to relax in the sun. Plus, there are clean bathrooms to change in and a number of beach volleyball courts.
Bolsa Chica State BeachArrow
Bolsa Chica is known for a three-mile long sandy beach that never gets too crowded, a paved biking and jogging path, and the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. The beach itself is miles of fluffy sand—it’s almost a requirement to go barefoot—with sandbars that allow you to walk far out into the ocean without getting into deep water. The surf at Bolsa Chica is cold but clean, so swimming, surfing, and bodysurfing are popular activities—if you can bear the chilly water along the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s a great spot for outdoorsy types who enjoy birding, biking, surfing, and fishing.
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Bruce’s Beach Arrow
In the 1920s, Willa and Charles Bruce built a resort known as Bruce’s Beach—complete with a bath house, dance hall and cafe—to serve fellow Black residents of Manhattan Beach, making it one of the few beaches they could use due to segregation. Not surprisingly, the couple was harassed for their efforts, and eventually, in 1924, the city of Manhattan Beach used eminent domain to force them off their land to turn it into a park. In a landmark decision by LA County, the land will be returned to the Bruce family. But you can still visit the public park and the beach below to visit this important piece of Black history in LA.
This lesser-known Malibu beach has similarly gorgeous rock formations to the ones you’d find at El Matador, but is far less crowded—so much less crowded it could practically be considered private. The tide pooling is fantastic here, but the beach is still sandy if you want to spread out. You can find access via the cul-de-sac at Bunnie Lane, where you’ll enter through a tree-covered corridor and a few flights of stairs.
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15 Best Beaches in Los Angeles
Also known as the ‘City of Angels’, Los Angeles or L.A. is the most populous city in California and the second-most in the United States. The city’s strategic location on a broad basin in the southern end of the state makes it affluent in all things natural – mountains, forests, valleys, and of course the strikingly beautiful beaches along the Pacific.
Home to ‘Hollywood’, the city of angels has been attracting various kinds of tourists from all around the world for years.
English is the official and most widely used language in the city, however, as California borders with Mexico, Spanish is also broadly used. In fact, the city of Los Angeles is known to host one of the largest Spanish speaking communities in the world.
Los Angeles International Airport is the primary airport but the city has four more – Santa Ana, Burbank, Long Beach, and Ontario. Trains, buses, taxis, cars, and motorbikes are the usual way to commute within the city but you can ride a bicycle as well.
Apart from the infamously famous Hollywood, other significant sights of interest to behold for visitors are Santa Monica, museums, and the popular Venice beach.
Speaking of beaches, let us now explore 15 of L.A.’s finest beaches and discover what they have to offer to the wanderlust-stricken souls.
1. El Matador State Beach
Source: divanov / shutterstockEl Matador State Beach
The most popular among the three beaches flowing within the boundaries of Robert H. Meyer State Beach, El Matador is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque beaches in L.A.
A popular choice among wedding planners and photographers, the beach has plenty of massive rocks and secret sea caves to explore.
The parking lot at El Matador is situated on a bluff and has picnic tables that offer a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Take the stairs down the bluff to walk over to the beach.
The clifftop gives you a beguiling view of the surroundings and is perhaps one of the best spots to capture the scenery around you. The neighbouring kelp forest, the deep blue sea and the rare sight of migrating whales are all you need for that perfect L.A. holiday album.
2. El Pescador State Beach
Source: Sarah Camille / shutterstockEl Pescador State Beach
The second among the three beaches within Robert H. Meyer State beach, El Pescador is the westernmost beach in the region.
The main beach is just a short trail distance from the parking lot which is located just off the Pacific coast highway. At the bottom of the bluff, there is a cave surrounded by impressive rocks and tide pools.
Even though El Pescador is not as deserted, it is comparatively quieter than the surrounding beaches of its kind, which necessarily implies that you may find a peaceful corner to spread out and enjoy a nice afternoon picnic. Food is not available for sale so carry your lunch and snacks.
El Pescador translates to ‘the fisherman’ but the beautiful beaches and the adjoining area is not only limited to fish. There are tide pools with crabs, sea snails, sea stars, urchins, brittle stars, and mussels.
Birdwatchers find the area quite amusing with the sights of California brown pelicans, gulls, sandpipers, and double-crested cormorants.
3. Zuma Beach County Park and Westward Beach
Source: trekandshoot / shutterstockWestward Beach
Zuma Beach Country Park, situated west of Point Dume flaunts a 3-mile-long beachline, the southern part of which is known as the Westward Beach. Its idyllic location within proximity of the Pacific Coast Highway makes it effortlessly reachable.
Due to the popularity of the beach and the number of visitors, the area is patrolled continuously by lifeguards from dawn to dusk. If you aren’t a fan of crowds, you may want to avoid the area during summer as it can get very, very crowded.
The beach area is famous for its open sandy beach, numerous volleyball courts, massive parking area, the swing sets, and onsite surf lessons.
There is a snack bar and a fully-functional restaurant on the beach. An ample number of restrooms and showers can be found as well.
Dolphins, seals, sea lions and whales are quite easily spotted and are a part of the Point Dume State Marine Conservation Area.
4. Paradise Cove Beach
Source: barteverett / shutterstockParadise Cove Beach
Made famous by the beach café of the same name owned by the distinguished American mystery novelist, Bob Morris, Paradise Cove Beach attracts all kind of visitors – group of friends, solo travellers, couples, and families. The café is unique and so popular because of its location right on the beach sand which extends further to a romantic cove.
Most can recognize the beach as the location for super hit Hollywood movies such as ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘American Pie 2’.
Beach beds and lounge chairs are available for rent along with large umbrellas to provide shade. If you are travelling in a large group, you can rent a complete terrace which fits up to 30 people.
Take a walk along the beach and you will find yourself near majestic palm trees, clean sand, and sandstone cliffs.
5. Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Source: Andrew Zarivny / shutterstockMalibu Lagoon State Beach
A popular sight among surfing enthusiasts, ornithologists, and history-buffs, Malibu Lagoon State Beach is situated at the confluence of Malibu Creek and the Pacific Ocean. The beach is surrounded by a picnic area to its west and the Malibu Pier to the east.
A massive wetland constitutes a major chunk of the land and offers birdwatchers an opportunity to spot and study over 200 species of birds in their natural habitation. There are dirt pathways along the wetlands which are frequented by hikers and birders alike.
Guided tours around the area are available for visitors who are interested in the flora and fauna spread throughout the area as well the history of the Chumash Indian tribe who inhabited the area until the late 1700s.
Built in 1929, the Adamson House is also worth a visit and so is its former garage which is now the Malibu Lagoon Museum.
6. Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
Source: trekandshoot / shutterstockAbalone Cove Shoreline Park
A rare gem situated along the rugged Palos Verde coastline, Abalone Cove is well-known for its outstanding views, a nicely maintained trail system, and inexhaustible tide pools.
The surrounding beach area offers brilliant avenues for picnic gathering. While a trail down the beach or a hike till the Portuguese Point are definitely the star attractions, the all-embracing vistas of the surrounding ambiance are a sight to witness in itself.
A section of the Abalone Cove trail intersects with the notable California Coastal Trail.
The tide pools of Abalone Cove, best visited during low tide, are home to a variety of sea creatures such as small octopi, anemone, hermit crabs, and sea hares.
7. Manhattan Beach
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Located in the suburbs of L.A., Manhattan Beach is a nice beach spot to enjoy the sun and savour the ocean breeze.
The 2-mile-long sandy beach offers ample opportunity to run, swim, surf, and indulge in a game of beach volleyball with your gang. Separate running and biking paths are made along the coastline.
The adjoining Manhattan Beach Pier is a popular spot for sunset viewing and fishing. The Pier is the oldest of its kind on the West Coast and has been declared a state historical landmark. The Roadhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium is located at the end of the pier.
8. Venice Beach
Source: TierneyMJ / shutterstockVenice Beach
One of the most popular beaches of Los Angeles, Venice Beach is a highly popular attraction for local and international tourists alike.
The beach is the perfect location for enjoying sun, sand, and sea all year around. The area around is decked with a 2.5-mile promenade meant for pedestrians only. The zone also houses plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants.
Apart from swimming and surfing, you can rent a bike to ride between Venice Beach and the nearby Santa Monica.
There is an adjoining skating arena, a fully-equipped gymnasium, the Venice Pier, and a broad canal system.
9. Leo Carrillo State Beach
Source: haveseen / shutterstockLeo Carrillo State Beach
Named in the honor of American actor, conservationist, and political cartoonist, Leo Carrillo, the State Beach is also known as the “movie beach” due to its popularity among filmmakers. In fact, it is the only beach to be as popular as this after the famous El Matador State Beach.
Boasting a wide range of caves, tide pools, and reefs, Leo Carrillo State Beach is located within proximity to the Pacific Coast Highway and Mulholland Highway so is easily accessible.
Some of the commonly enjoyed activities around the area include swimming, surfing, sunbathing, windsurfing, and fishing.
If you plan to explore the tide pools at the Sequit Point, you may spot sea stars, anemones, crabs, and mussels.
10. Will Rogers State Beach
Source: Kjell Leknes / shutterstockWill Rogers State Beach
Whether you wish to spend some time sunbasking on your own or you plan on spending a romantic sunset with your beloved, Will Rogers State Beach is the perfect setting and strategically located between the Santa Monica Bay and the Pacific Coast Highway.
The area is patrolled by lifeguards during the day when most visitors come here to surf, swim, dive or indulge in kitesurfing, windsurfing, diving, and fishing.
Volleyball nets, restrooms, a huge parking space, and a nice restaurant add to the many facilities available at the beach.
The nearby Santa Monica Bay is home to several different species of marine creatures which can be more closely studied at the Santa Monica Aquarium.
11. Santa Monica State Beach
Source: TierneyMJ / shutterstockSanta Monica State Beach
Santa Monica is one of the most iconic and scenic beaches of Los Angeles, and it not only offers visitors with spectacular views but a plethora of recreational facilities. Any day is a carnival day at the Santa Monica Beach.
The most significant feature of the beach is the Santa Monica Pier which may look a little kitschy to the common eye but is worth a visit for a complete Santa Monica experience.
Roller coasters, Ferris wheel, game booths and carnival-style food stalls make the beach fun and enjoyable for all kind of visitors.
Santa Monica beach is known for its 3-mile-long sandy shoreline and is perfect for runners and walkers. While surfing, swimming, and paddle-boarding are some of the most popular water activities here, beach volleyball is a tradition.
12. Redondo Beach
Source: FiledIMAGE / shutterstockRedondo Beach
One of the three beach cities in the south bay of Southern California, Redondo Beach can be distinguished from the others of its kind because of its unique horseshoe-shaped pier.
Proclaimed as the birthplace of surfing in the United States, Redondo Beach is the best suitable location for expert surfers.
Numberless beach volleyball courts maintained by the city adorn the coastline and are known to be some of the most well-kept courts in the country.
The Marvin Braude Bike Trail, also called The Strand, follows along the length of Redondo Beach, continuing up to Santa Monica and Will Rogers State Beach.
Recurrent farmer’s market crop up every now and then. Whale watching cruises (seasonal), kayak rentals, pedal boats, and stand-up paddleboard rentals are on offer throughout the year.
13. Hermosa Beach
Source: aragami12345s / shutterstockHermosa Beach
Made popular for its lively bar scene and white, sandy beaches, Hermosa Beach is the counterpart to Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach, and is another in the group of three beach cities of Southern California’s south bay.
The beach waters are famous for water excursions and adventures as well as beach volleyball.
The Strand passes through the beach along with others on the route. Now a major attraction for cyclists, runners, and joggers, Hermosa Beach houses a daily farmer’s market and is home to The Lighthouse Café – a famous jazz club.
Oozing archetypal SoCal vibes, Hermosa offers restrooms, showers, rental shops, lessons, lifeguards, wheelchair facility, and restaurants as some of the necessary facilities to its visitors.
14. Topanga State Beach
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Perhaps the most significant spot for surfers, Topanga State Beach is a haven for all kinds of beach enthusiasts – sunbathers, swimmers, scuba divers, kayakers, and even sailors with catamarans.
If you are visiting in a group or with your family, you can bring your own lunch and make a picnic out of it, or head to the Malibu Chart House restaurant for a sumptuous meal by the beach.
Surrounded by Will Rogers Beach to the east and Las Tunas to the west, the beach is open to the public as early as the sun rises and closes when it’s time for the lifeguards to leave.
There is a bait and tackle store across the street from the beach if you want to give fishing a try.
15. Nicholas Canyon County Beach
Source: www.californiabeaches.comNicholas Canyon County Beach
While Nicholas Canyon County Beach sits just north of the prevalent Robert H. Meyer Memorial Beach, it is less congested than its popular neighbour.
The beach’s point break makes it a great choice among surfers while swimmers, divers, and windsurfers enjoy the beautiful waters of Nicholas Canyon County Beach as well.
The tide pools are home to several sea creatures and the fine sand provides for peaceful sunbathing.
If you are here on a summer break, you may find a few food trucks along the beach. If not, bring your lunch and enjoy it at one of the many picnic tables scattered around the area.
The area was inhabited by the Chumash Native American tribe long before it was a county owned by the city of Los Angeles. The nearby Chumash village, maintained by The Wishtoyo Foundation, has been recreated for educational purposes and offers a guided tour for enthusiasts which can be booked 24 hours in advance on the foundation’s website.
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If you’re bored with the touristy beaches of Los Angeles, drive along the seashore north of Malibu to Zuma Beach. It is calm, not crowded, and the water is clean and transparent. Locals usually come to Zuma Beach to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, walk on the hot sand and watch the fiery sunset.
Surfers can catch a wave here not only in summer but also in winter. The local landscape allows for wakeboarding and snorkeling. And it was here that the famous series with Pamela Anderson «Rescuers Malibu» was filmed. nine0003
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Sacred Cove and Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
The official name of Abalone Cove is Shoreline Park. Two beaches — Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove — are nearby. The main part of this zone is located on the top of a cliff, quite far from the nearest parking lot. This should be taken into account if you are going to visit Abalone Cove with children.
Diving makes a special impression on tourists, as the pools of the bay are full of living creatures — starfish, snails, hermit crabs and sea anemones. Lifeguards are on duty every weekend. nine0003
The beach is not clean. The surf brings algae and debris ashore. If you still decide to go down to the ocean, you should wear shoes with reliable soles so as not to slip on wet stones.
As for Sacred Cove, the locals say it’s a nude beach. Although naked sunbathing, even on secluded beaches, is prohibited in Los Angeles, this does not stop fans of this type of recreation.
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Santa Monica is one of the most luxurious beaches in Los Angeles. Its main plus is its convenient location. The location can be reached both by metro and by public buses. It is quite crowded here, but thanks to the wide sandy strip it is not felt at all. If you love cycling or long walks, this is the place for you.
Santa Monica Beach is considered to be the best family beach in Los Angeles. Here is the famous pier of the same name with the legendary Route 66, the Pacific theme park, and a little lower — a huge oceanarium. nine0003
Santa Monica State Beach © Arthur Cauty / Shutterstock
Santa Monica State Beach © Natalia Macheda / Shutterstock
Dockweiler State Beach is one of the closest beaches in Los Angeles south of the airport. It is considered an excellent place for hang gliding and swimming, aided by light breezes and calm waters for rowing. The soft sand is ideal for walking barefoot. Whether you want to go swimming, enjoy an evening barbecue on the beach or take a hang gliding lesson, then the Dockweiler is the place to be. nine0003
Dockweiler State Beach © boboandchichi.com
Huntington City Beach
Huntington City Beach is known for its board-friendly surf, the International Surfing Museum, and an active life that never stops. at night. Here you will find many restaurants, local breweries, bars and a very pretty pier. However, Huntington Beach is not only a paradise for surfers, but also for lovers of other types of entertainment, such as jet skis, windsurfing or volleyball. nine0003
If you prefer to relax on land, you can go rollerblading, skateboarding, cycling, and then soak up the sun or cook meat on the grill. On the vast territory of the beach, there is enough space for everyone, even vacationers with pets. Here reigns the spirit of California, general relaxation and freedom.
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Point Dume is about thirty kilometers west of Santa Monica. It is a small promontory covered with green shrubs with bright yellow Californian flowers. Numerous paths have been laid through it, and if you follow one of them to the very edge of the cape, you will have a magnificent panorama of the ocean. nine0003
The beach is unique in that in winter you can watch whales and sea lions, which sometimes come ashore to bask. Therefore, the entrance to the beach with dogs is prohibited.
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El Matador is located sixteen kilometers north of Malibu. The beach is quite small and can get crowded in summer and often completely empty in winter.
This rocky stretch of beach is so beautiful that it has become a popular spot for photo ops. The combination of huge cliffs, coastal caves, cliffs and rough waves creates an incredible scene for photos or just a wonderful day by the ocean. Pets are not allowed on the beach. nine0003
El Matador State Beach © Ivanova Ksenia / Shutterstock
El Matador Beach © Andy Konieczny / Shutterstock
The main beach, located right in the center of the town of Laguna Beach, is usually noisy in the summer months. It is suitable for those who are not afraid of the crowd and love picturesque landscapes. In addition, Laguna Beach is considered an elite beach where you can meet world celebrities.
The location offers numerous amenities, including a volleyball and basketball area, as well as playgrounds for children. nine0003
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Laguna Beach © lulejt / Shutterstock
Will Rogers State Beach is a narrow coastline over three kilometers long, located between the Pacific Coast Highway and the ocean. Despite being close to Santa Monica, it’s not as crowded as most nearby beaches. A spacious recreation area allows everyone to comfortably swim in the ocean and relax under the gentle California sun.
In addition, the beach is equipped with clean restrooms where you can change your clothes. Will Rogers State Beach is ideal for volleyball, hiking, biking and scuba diving. Its gently sloping right bank is great for beginner surfers. nine0003
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Redondo Beach is ten minutes from downtown Los Angeles. A wide sandy shore extends from the Palos Verdes Peninsula north to Redondo Pier. The place is popular among fishing enthusiasts, because here you can catch halibut, mackerel or perch. Comfortable restrooms and showers are installed at the location. Lifeguards are responsible for the safety of those on the water.
Redondo Beach itself has nowhere to eat, but it’s worth a little walk towards the pier, and you can easily find many cafes and eateries. Souvenirs for memory can be purchased in one of dozens of specialized shops. In the summer there are noisy musical performances.
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The best city beaches in Los Angeles. Review and Photo
The best city beaches in Los Angeles, California. From Malibu to Long Beach. Brief description, photo, location, location and address. How to get there, map.
After remembering California beaches, I want to buy a plane ticket again. Today I will tell and show photos of the best city beaches in Los Angeles that we have visited. Each beach has its own feature, everyone wants to return and spend at least a few hours watching birds, people, drinking beer at a local bar or rollerblading. nine0003
Map of best beaches in Los Angeles . For convenience, descriptions of the beaches are given from north to south or from top to bottom on the map (Manhattan and Hermosa Beach merge into one, they are nearby).
Leo Carrillo Beach
This beach is the best place to escape from the metropolis that is Los Angeles. Leo Carillo is located in Malibu , just 50 km. north of Santa Monica , accessed via beautiful Pacific Coast Highway or Highway #1 .
Picturesque cliffs, beautiful coastline — the beach is ideal for walking. There are campsites, places for picnics and campfires. Address: 35000 W Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
El Mataor Beach
El Matador Beach — beach 17 km. north of Malibu , the most romantic beach in Los Angeles. A large pocket of picturesque rocks, in addition to the romantic component, the water here is the cleanest and the least crowded. Naturally, there are no tourists at all. An ideal place for a dinner in nature overlooking the sunset in one of the rocky bays. nine0003
Address: 23050 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica . Beach volleyball, swimming, surfing and even chess, Santa Monica Beach is a haven for those looking for outdoor activities. Bring money for the parking fee — it’s expensive here and sunscreen. The sun, light yellow sand and surf will do the rest for you. Spend half a day on the beach, then shopping at a hundred-meter Santa Monica and dinner in the vicinity. Venice Beach Beach do not see anything worthy in Los Angeles — just read the forums. The truth is in the middle. Venice Beach is more about people than surf, waves and classic beach romance. Tourists come here to wonder — cultists, chainsaw jugglers, artists, musicians, drug addicts and bums of all stripes. Zest Venice Beach — the famous boardwalk that often appears in Hollywood movies — Ocean Front Walk . There is even a fishing pier located at the end of Washington Boulevard.
Address: 3100-2700 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, Ca , USA
Manhattan Beach (Manhattan Beach)
9012 Love those who do not love 9011 Big sunglasses, little dogs on your lap, beautiful houses along the coast — expensive, clean and nice. Surfing is also available, but limited to the south side of the pier. A path along the sea, volleyball, a minimum of people — the beach is very similar to the neighboring one Redondo Beach .
Address: 400-500 The Strand, Manhattan Beach, CA
Hermosa Beach is near Manhat Beach In addition to the standard beachfront, Hermosa Beach Pier and Pier Avenue with shops, cafes and restaurants. A great place to go rollerblading, biking and then having a cold beer overlooking the ocean, seeing off the sun on your daily last journey. Along the beach there is also a path that connects Redondo Beach and Manhattan , it is used by pedestrians, cyclists and roller skaters — it’s several kilometers along the ocean. It is harmful for us to even dream of such a thing, so as not to upset the nervous system.
Address: Hermosa Ave. and 33rd St., Hermosa Beach, CA , USA
0112 at Narrow Headland Fermin Park . The beach is divided by a breakwater into two parts. One part — daredevil surfers, the second — married couples, happy American pensioners tourists. Like many beaches, there are picnic areas here, you can take food and beer with you, saving on a restaurant.
Near the beach there is a marine aquarium Cabrillo , we have not been there, so I don’t know what’s what.
The main feature of the beach is that from a high cape it is convenient to watch the whales that pass along the coast, the whale season is the end of summer — the beginning of autumn. We were in early August — the whales were somewhere off the coast of Canada, for sure. nine0003
Address: 3720 Steven M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731, USA
Read more articles about California and more on the Russian-language project Californiatrip.ru
It’s best to buy a ticket to Los Angeles, and from there you can explore the area, including Long Beach.
You can book a flight on the website of airlines, but it is better to use the aviasales.ru aggregator and buy a budget flight in the direction of Kyiv — Los Angeles or Moscow — Los Angeles
How to rent a car for travel
For car rental when traveling, I use the international operator website Rentalcars.com — there you can choose from among budget local operators and among world leaders in car rental, no commissions, usually a very good price.
How to find a cheap hotel or apartment in Los Angeles
Cheap accommodation or hotels in Los Angeles can be found through the Hotellook booking system, a service that I use myself. The advantage of the service is that it compares the prices of dozens of booking systems — you just have to choose the best offer. In each article or report, I provide links to the hotels where I stayed and which I liked. nine0003
Insurance for travelers, including against COVID-19
There is only one rule, it is simple and must be followed, even if we think that we will not be affected or we are only going for a week.
Going abroad — buy insurance!
We have already seen that it works and it is necessary even in such safe countries as Cyprus, Georgia or Greece.
Costs nothing, saves hundreds of dollars, miles and hours of travel.
We buy only on the Cherehapa website — it doesn’t matter what country you are a citizen of. nine0003
Advantages — only good insurance companies and assistance companies are collected. Not only the insurance company that you have chosen on the website will help, but also the support of the Cherehapa website, this is important.
Where to buy a tour to popular countries
In Ukraine — the largest online hypermarket of tours — Farvater Travel, cheaper than in travel agencies with a larger selection. Not sure about the directions — write, I’ll tell you in the comments.
For the CIS countries — Level.Travel, all popular countries and destinations. It is enough to turn on the fantasy and make a choice. nine0003
What we use to plan trips
This is not just a list of sites that are full on the Internet.
This is what allows you to quickly resolve any issue related to both the organization of travel and work from home or on the Internet.
Monobank — an ideal credit card for life and travel, for citizens of Ukraine
TicketsUA — I often buy cheap air tickets here, it is convenient to pay in hryvnia with a Ukrainian bank card, no additional conversion
Aviasales — I’m looking for cheap flights all over the world, I always find
Ali Express — I buy everything I need to travel and work from home with a simple click of the mouse. At the same time, I spend much less than in ordinary stores.
Hotellook — search for hotels and budget accommodation, allows you to save up to 30% on promotions and discounts, searches all popular booking sites
Booking.com — a familiar and convenient site for searching and booking accommodation around the world
Airbnb is the world leader in travel accommodations and apartments, sign up here and get a cash bonus on your first booking.