Los Angeles Beaches

The Best Beaches In Los Angeles County!

Here are the most popular Los Angeles beaches in Southern California. The best public beaches near Los Angeles with photos and information.

Los Angeles California most visited beaches are all a bit different. Some are family beaches for camping and picnicing, surfing and beach bonfires. While others are more for socializing and people watching.

Then there are the strictly swimming and sun bathing beaches. But basically you can sunbathe and swim on all of them.

All these beaches in the LA County are top rated, and they are also known as the cleanest beaches in the Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles Beaches

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VENICE BEACH:


This is a boardwalk people watching beach. It’s where you go to be entertained, more than sunning and swimming.

The colorful parade of people on the Venice Ocean Front Boardwalk is eclectic and ever-changing, and lots of fun.

Lots of talanted (sometimes crazy) performers, body-builders, jugglers, palm-readers, artists of all kinds are there to show off and entertain.

Once you have had enough of crazy fun on the boardwalk, enjoy the sandy beach and beautiful shoreline views.

Afterwards head over to nearby Abbott Kinney Boulevard’s unique restaurants for lunch or dinner.

MANHATTAN BEACH:


This is the king of volley-ball courts beach. Manhattan Beach is a classy upscale beach town in the Los Angeles South Bay area, with wide sandy beaches with volleyball courts, one after another.

There is a great pier with an aquarium and a touch pool. Surfing is only allowed to the south of the pier, and booggie-boarding is confined to the north side of the pier.

High-end boutiques and upscale restaurants line the streets near the beach. I really like Manhattan Beach; it’s a fun place to visit, and one of the best los Angeles beaches.

MALIBU’S SURFRIDER BEACH:


The Surfrider Beach is one of the most popular of the Los Angeles beaches, which makes it one of the most surfed beaches in Los Angeles County.

You don’t have to be an experienced surfer to appreciate this sport, or the cool atmosphere of this beach. Sometimes it’s better to be a spectator and just take it all in.

There is an adjacent lagoon and a bird sanctuary. And a quarter mile walking trail offers activities for non-surfers.

SANTA MONICA STATE BEACH:


The most popular beach in Los Angeles. It’s located just north of the Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica State Beach is the most visited beach in Los Angeles.

The two mile long beach offers plenty of space for fun beach activites, or a bike ride. Roller-blading is also very popular here.

During the summer months this beach gets packed with beach goers, so if you like socializing and looking at beutiful young people, you’ll enjoy this beach and the summer crowds.

While here, take a stroll on the historic Santa Monica Pier, and check out the Pacific Park amusement park with the ferris wheel, or have lunch at one of the many pier restaurants.

EL MATADOR BEACH:

Clear water and hidden coves defines this beach. The El Matador beach is known as the romantic Los Angeles beaches. It’s located about ten miles northwest of Malibu.

This secluded pocket beach has rocky shores, great waves and some of the clearest water in Los Angeles.

The path to the beach is a bit rugged, and there are few facilities, but this beach is perfect for a summertime beach picnic.

The beach is great for booggie boarding and body surfing. Check out the sea caves and the unique rock formation on this, one of a kind Los Angeles beach.


ZUMA BEACH:

This beach has very scenic views and rough surf. There is also volleyball courts, swimming, diving and fishing.

If you have young kids they will enjoy the nice large children’s playground right on the beach.


LAS TUNAS BEACH:

This Los Angeles beach is located at the foot of Topanga Canyon. It’s a small beach, but very popular with the locals, and families.


TOPANGA STATE BEACH:

The beach covers 22 acres, but the most popular and most visited spot on the beach is the mile long stretch of sand close to the Topanga Creek.


WILL ROGERS STATE BEACH:


We love Will Rogers State Beach, because it has beach parking, food services, restrooms, and picnic areas. It’s also very clean.

This is where the 22 mile long Santa Monica Bike Path starts. It runs all the way to Torrance Beach in Redondo Beach.

So if you like to ride your bikes, bring the bikes with, and enjoy the Pacific Ocean views while bicycling on the beach.


DOCKWEILER STATE BEACH:


It’s one of the most popular Los Angeles beaches with RV’ers. The area is more quiet, meaning less crowded. Great for young families with children, and young singles. The beach is 3 miles long, and features picnic areas, and a campground.


HERMOSA BEACH:

Pier activities and beach restaurants is what this beach is all about. This town is so close to the beach, that you are just as likely to see people shopping and relaxing in outdoor cafes, as you are seeing sunbathers on the sandy beach.

My favorite hang out is the Pier Plaza. It’s lined with surf shops, boutiques, beach-side cafes and palm trees. It’s a place to relax between swimming, surfing and sunbathing.

The pristine beach has some volleyball nets and a wonderful paved beachwalk for strolling or biking. There is also a great pier, where you can enjoy stunning views of the coastline.

LEO CARILLO STATE BEACH:


This is a mile long camping beach. It’s located about 28 miles north of Santa Monica on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).

The beach is dotted with sea caves, tide pools and other beach delights. There is a small visitors center in the park, offering guided nature walks and campfire programs.

The nearby Leo Carillo State Park offers campsites, picnic areas, back-country hiking trails and childrens activity programs.

There are even RV facilities located in the park. This mile long beach is not only beautiful, but it’s a great Los Angeles beaches getaway place for a family beach vacation.

CABRILLO BEACH:

A family beach near San Pedro. Cabrillo beach is popular with both travelers and locals who like to go to the beach with their kids.

It’s sort of a tranquil beach near San Pedro and it’s perfect for a family beach outing. Located on a narrow peninsula near Point Fermin Park it has two sides of beaches. Let me explain; one is open to the surf and breakwater, and one is open to the harbor.

This beach has restrooms, showers and wonderful picnic areas to enjoy. The view is beautiful.

After you are finished with the beach, or picnic, head over to the nearby Cabrillo Marine Aquarium with inter-active exhibits, tide-pool touch tanks, and other fun attractions.

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