Nature’s Biggest Blockbuster Attraction: Sunny Year-Round Temperatures and Entertaining Boardwalks Make L.A.’s Beautiful Beaches a Must-See



If your perfect vacation day includes soaking up the sun, playing in the sand, or swimming in the ocean, then our Los Angeles guide is just what you need. Travel to the South Bay for beautiful beaches like Manhattan, Hermosa, and Redondo. Perfect for families and loaded with fun restaurants and shops, the South Bay teems with young, working professionals looking to relax on the weekends. Still one of the most famous beaches in the world, Santa Monica State Beach tops the charts in entertainment and activity options. Rent a bicycle or pair of roller skates and meander up and down the paved path which connects Santa Monica to Venice Beach. In the mood to people-watch? Venice Beach abounds with unique characters like body builders, street performers, and skater types. Want to get away with your honey for some intimate time? Check out El Matador Beach, a favorite with couples, nestled in gorgeous rock formations. Feel like swimming with dolphins? Point Dume State Beach has the most dolphin sightings out of any beach in Los Angeles. Itching to get your surf on? Hailed as the first ever World Surfing Reserve by the non-profit Save the Waves Coalition, Malibu's Surfrider Beach boasts amazing surf breaks along with culture. Zuma Beach personifies the ideal West Coast beach, with its long expanse of sand, plenty of space, and highly praised surf conditions. Nature lovers swoon for Leo Carillo State Beach, packed to the brim with hike trails and amazing coastal caves. Turn off the laptop, pack your beach attire, and get ready for a relaxing day of taking in rays.




One of the most popular beaches in Los Angeles, Zuma Beach personifies the ideal West Coast beach, with its long expanse of sand, plenty of space, and highly praised surf conditions. Kids and adults can play volleyball, use the clean public...  Read More




A starring location in popular films like Inception, Point Break, and Gidget, Leo Carillo State Beach deserves its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Named after radio and TV performer, Leo Carillo, this 1.5 mile stretch of sand is a hot...  Read More




Hailed as the first ever World Surfing Reserve by the non-profit Save the Waves Coalition, Surfrider Beach boasts amazing surf breaks along with culture. Formerly known as Malibu Lagoon State Beach, the impressive swells created by Malibu Point...  Read More




Feel like swimming with dolphins? Point Dume State Beach has the most dolphin sightings out of any beach in Los Angeles. From January through March, be on the lookout for whales. Relaxing and boardwalk-free, Point Dume offers visitors the...  Read More


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Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach


Perfect for families, Redondo Beach Pier is home to Georgette, a 16.5 feet great white shark on display at Shark Attack. Step inside the semi-submersible yellow submarine, featuring large glass windows, to view local underwater sealife. If...  Read More


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Hermosa Beach
Hermosa City Beach


Dubbed “Outstanding Coastal Town” by Los Angeles Magazine, Hermosa Beach lives up to its hype. Restaurants and upscale shops delight families and tourists. An expansive, pristine shoreline makes Hermosa one of the region’s most spectacular...  Read More




Perhaps one of the most romantic spots in the city, El Matador Beach is located about 10 miles northwest of Malibu. Although a rugged path leads to the shore, once there you'll find beautiful rock formations, hidden caves, robust waves and some...  Read More


Venice Beach
Photo courtesy of California Visitor's Bureau


Venice Beach isn't quite sure what it is, but it sure is interesting. The boardwalk stretches from Venice Boulevard north to Navy Street, with Muscle Beach, the basketball courts and skate park to the south and many of the head shops, surfboard...  Read More


Santa Monica State Beach


Santa Monica State Beach is the perfect oceanfront playground for fun-loving families. The expansive, two-mile stretch of sand has plenty of space to sunbathe, go for a walk, or set up a game of volleyball. The paved path along the beach is...  Read More


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Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach


One of the city’s most popular seaside stretches, Manhattan Beach draws weekend crowds to its sandy shorelines. This beach is ideal for sunbathing, surfing and boogie boarding, but be advised that surfing is limited to the south side of the...  Read More


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Meet Sujata Day

Living in the land of perpetual sun, beautiful beaches, and gorgeous people has fueled Sujata Day’s creativity in myriad ways. Her short story “Forbidden Fate” won the WRITE STUFF competition...  More About Sujata

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