Hi guys! What are your favorite beaches in LA?
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recommended Newport BeachRecommended for:
recommended MalibuFamous, ritzy, gorgeous Malibu. The best approach into this wealthy beach town is through Malibu Canyon Road, which winds you along the face of rocky cliffs and hills until you turn one corner and - ... read morebam - there's the ocean. Then you descend into the multimillion-dollar neighborhood of the rich and famous...where you have a really good chance at seeing them, especially if you can afford to eat in the same restaurants they do. Otherwise, enjoy the scenic drives - not just down Pacific Coast Highway, but also through the little turnoffs and residential areas - the hiking trails, and the clean, bright beaches.Recommended for:Becky Mahan
Has everyone else said this? LOL. It's my fave, although I have also included my runner-ups.
recommended Hermosa BeachOne of my favorite beaches in SoCal! Beautiful, clean beach with a fun pier and good dining options nearby. If you want a nice place to stay, I'd recommend the Beach House Hotel.Recommended for:recommended Hermosa BeachOne of my favorite things to do in a new large city is find a neighborhood outside of the main touristy areas and spend the day. Hermosa Beach is the perfect version of this for Los Angeles. Sure, ... read moreMalibu's beaches are more attractive, but Hermosa's beach is lined by The Strand bike path (act out your LA self by renting rollerblades in town), join a pick-up beach volleyball game, and then spend the afternoon on Hermosa and Pier Avenues, shopping and snacking on fish tacos or other surfer-friendly food. At night, a dozen bars open up outdoor seating and the Comedy and Magic Club hosts top stand-up comics (including Jay Leno - who got his start here).Recommended for:
- Dockweiler State Beach12501 Vista Del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA, United Statesrecommended Dockweiler State BeachThis is a great beach to have a picnic, play in the sand, or play in the ocean. There are even fire pits if you want to make some smores at night. It's not a huge beach, so it can get a little crowded ... read morewith people during the summer, but it's fine if you're not looking to play sports on the sand. Parking is $10, but look for spots on the street for free but be careful walking down the slopes to the beach.Recommended for:
- Sunset Cliffs2231 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, San Diego, CArecommended Sunset CliffsI used to come here after finals to just chill. This is also next to the hotel Veronica Mars was shot! It's right next to the beach and the cliffs... you can stand on and sit and it's peaceful. Photo ... read moreops!!!Recommended for:Laura S
recommended VeniceGreat place to people sight see & shopping the boardwalk ;) one of the beaches where I know you've heard, don't get in the water.. so if your looking for a dip in the water further west like any of ... read morethe Mailbu beaches or further east like Redondo & HermosaRecommended for:
- Zuma Beach30000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265-3601recommended Zuma BeachThis our favorite place to surf in Malibu. There is free parking along the freeway. There is also paid parking, but it can be a bit of a hassle when it's busy. Trancas Canyon which is at the North end ... read moreof the beach has a market if you get hungry or need a cold drink. Starbucks also has a place in the parking lot by the market. There is also an occasional celebrity if you are into that.Recommended for:Kip Stolberg
It's a bit out of the way, but that's kind of the point ;)
- Santa Monica Pier321 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, United States
recommended Marina del ReyAll of the beauty of LA's Venice Beach, with none of the crowds, noise and garbage. I love this beach - it is broad, clean, beautiful and feels so good to be on. It's really in the heart of LA, but it ... read morefeels a million miles away.Recommended for:Arlo Hemphill
For a relaxing beach away from the crowds, I love Marina del Rey. This is actually a continuation of Venice Beach, but south of the Venice Pier, the coastline turns residential and the broad beach empties out to almost zero crowds. This is an exceptionally beautiful beach, yet despite of its size and location right in the heart of the LA beaches, you can often have it to yourself!
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My favorite beaches are the non-touristy ones! I love Manhattan and Hermosa. You can also try Malibu, which is more secluded. Santa Monica is way over populated with tourists, but there's a lot to see there. Perfect time in LA to be a beach bum!!
- Manhattan Beach500 The Strand, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266recommended Manhattan BeachThe main beach here is my favorite in the Los Angeles area. It's cleaner than most of the others and isn't quite as crowded. If you're looking for an day at the beach come down here stroll along the ... read morebeach or take the walking path and check out the ocean front houses.Recommended for:
- Point Dume State BeachMalibu, CArecommended Point Dume State BeachCurrently operated by Los Angeles County, this remote and wild beach northwest of Malibu and close to Ventura County beckons you to pull off PCH (Hwy 1) and just lie on the sand for a while. Often ... read morewindy, the wave conditions are often just right for surfing, while on calmer days you can swim and snorkel. Tidepoolers can comb the beaches in almost any weather.recommended Point Dume State BeachPoint Dume State Beach is an extension of Zuma. Sometimes locals refer to it as "Free Zuma" since a large stretch has free parking on Westward Beach Road until just beyond the Sunset Restaurant. It's ... read morea great stretch of beach from which to watch the sun set or to walk at night with a full moon glittering on the crashing surf.Recommended for:
- Venice Beach1905 Ocean Front Walk, CArecommended Venice BeachVenice Beach is my favorite part of LA because you can walk to great shops, restaurants, and surf. We rented an apartment with airbnb.com two blocks from the main street, and had a blast livin' like a ... read morelocal.Recommended for:Margaret Seelie
Venice Beach itself is what I imagine LA was like in the 80's. Skateboarders slalom around the cement bowls on the beach, and tattoo shops line the beach.
- The Sunset Restaurant6800 Westward Beach Road, Malibu, CA, United Statesrecommended The Sunset RestaurantA hangout for Malibu locals, separated from the sand only by the two lane Westward Beach Road, Sunset Restaurant serves good food with live entertainment on some evenings. It's a great place to have ... read moredinner followed by a stroll on the beach watching the moonlit surf crash toward shore.Recommended for:Jaak Treiman
While you're at Zuma, you might try the Sunset Restaurant - a great place to cap your Zuma experience.
recommended Zuma BeachOne of California's largest and most popular beaches, Zuma is known for its long, wide sands and excellent surf conditions. Wild dolphins are often seen playing close to shore, sometimes hamming it up ... read morefor beach goers and eliciting their spontaneous applause.Recommended for: