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Ultimate Guide to LA’s Beaches

So many beaches, so little time…here’s a guide to help you decide which beaches to explore next.

01. Manhattan Beach

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Manhattan Beach is our favorite beach in LA. It’s clean, beautiful, lively, has an excellent pier, big waves, no rocky floors, and tons of volley ball areas. At the end of the pier you will find a small round concession stand that also has a small aquarium inside.

Favorite places to eat:

El Sombrero (Mexican): Simple, but delicious Mexican food and AWESOME fresh salsa.

Mama D’s (Italian): Try their butter nut squash ravioli with pink sauce – it’s to die for.

Favorite Places to drink:

The Strand House – AMAZING Views, Good Food, Great Drinks

Favorite Activities:

Bike Riding: They have a fantastic Bike Path – it’s a very bike friendly beach

Surfing: This beach is great for surfing. If you don’t know how, you can get lessons from

Volleyball: This beach is famous for beach volleyball and hosts the prestigious Manhattan Beach Open.




This beach is famous for, you guessed it, surfing.

There are three surfing points:

The First Point is closest to Malibu Pie, the Second Point is in the middle and Third Point is furthest North. Longboards are best at First and Second Point. Shortboards and those looking for more of a challenge can check out the Third Point.


Favorite places to eat:

Grom Malibu: Grom is one Italy’s most famous gelato places and now they have a shop in Malibu!

Duke’s Malibu: Traditional American fare with a great view

Favorite Activities:

We love surfing, paddling boarding, and other water sports and activities. Here is the contact for some of the best rental shops and instructors:

Malibu Coastal Adventures: (310) 701-1996

Activities: Dolphin/Whale Watching, Paddleborad Tours/Lessons, Coastal/Island Cruises, Diving/Fishing Excursions

Lessons: Surfing, Paddleboarding, Kitesurfing

Malibu Surf Shack: (310) 456-8508

Activities: Surfing, Kayaks, Paddle Boards

Lessons: Surf & Kayak

Point Break Surf Company: (805) 390-1808

Lessons: Surfing

Cove Paddle Fitness: (310) 429-2058

Paddle board rentals and lessons



3. Santa Monica Beach

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This is one of LA’s most famous beaches. The Santa Monica pier is a popular tourist attraction and the beach is a wide expanse of sand. It’s also one of LA’s trendiest areas, so you will find tons of bars and restaurants right off the beach.


Favorite places to eat:

Fritto Misto: Literally the best pasta you will ever have. Ever.

Mercado: Good Mexican food, spicy drinks, and a great atmosphere

Favorite Places to drink:

Makai Lounge – right in front of the pier, a great atmosphere day or night

The Huntley Penthouse – Amazing views, good for brunch or nighttime

Favorite Activities:

Grabbing a warm churro or funnel cake on the pier

The world famous Ferris Wheel



4. Venice Beach

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Venice Beach is one of the most fun beaches in Los Angeles. If you want to have a full beach day, Venice Beach is the beach to choose – you can play basketball, handball, check out the muscle beach area, go for a walk on the board walk and check out all the interesting shops and performing artists – it is incredibly eclectic.


Favorite Places to Eat

C&O’s Trattoria – Garlic rolls to die for, great food, great service, great location

Favorite Places to Drink

High Rooftop Lounge – Nightly drink specials, live DJs, and it’s the only rooftop bar around

Favorite Activities

Shopping on Abbot Kinney Blvd

Walking along the Venice Canals

Beach Basketball

People Watching



5. Hermosa Beach



Hermosa is a great, chill, semi-hipster, laid back beach.



Fritto Misto: Same as the Santa Monica location – it. Is. The. Best. Pasta. You. Will. Ever. Have.


Hermosa Cyclery: rent a bicycle or inline skates.

ET Surf: Surf board rentals

Favorite Activities:

Hermosa Pier

The Strand – it’s a beachfront sidewalk for those looking to jog, bike and be active

Shops on Pier Avenue: Some good places to eat and some locally-owned shops

Comedy & Magic Club




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