A guide to Los Angeles’ best beachesFriday, 27 January 2012 3:29 PM
With the Oscars approaching next month everyone is heading off to tinsel town, so we thought we'd provide them with a guide to Los Angeles' best beaches. Los Angeles County is home to an impressive 72 miles coastline, with more than 30 miles of beaches. The beaches here provide something for everyone, whether you’re a nature lover, a surfer, a sunbather or simply want a nice quiet beach for sunset walks, you're bound to find something here.
El Matador – El Matador, located along the Pacific Coast Highway, may be one of the smallest and most secluded beaches in Los Angeles, but its rocky picturesque coves and scenic views, make it one of the locals’ favourites. Off season it’s quiet and private, making it perfect for romantic walks, while in the height of summer it’s popular with sunbathers, swimmers and body boarders.
Venice Beach – Situated in the town of the same name, Venice Beach, lying south of the city of Santa Monica, this is one of the state’s more popular beaches. The beach’s Ocean Front walk attracts an eclectic crowd, from skate boarders, to basket ball players, cyclists, street vendors as well as the downright weird and bizarre, don’t be surprised by anything you see here. If it’s people watching you want, then this is your place.
Malibu Lagoon – Nature lovers will be in their element at this charming white sand beach, home to an estuary and wetland area. It’s great for bird watching and wading around the rock-pools in search of marine life. There is a small charge to enter the beach area, but it’s worth it just to see the beach’s unique wildlife. Don’t forget to stop by to see the nearby historic Adamson House, a classic Malibu home, which has now been turned into a museum. Surfers should head next door to Surfrider Beach for some great waves.
Manhattan Beach – Manhattan Beach is a fun lively urban beach, lined with luxurious beachfront homes. This is where the Beach Boys used to hang out, a popular destination for surfers, swimmers, cyclists and beach volleyball players. The beach gets crowed on weekends though, with many weekenders coming over from nearby LA. The beach also has a great fishing pier and excellent seafood restaurants.
Zuma Beach – The county’s largest beach park may not be its prettiest, but its vast area ensures that it’s never too crowded either. This is a great swimming beach and is also popular with surfers. If you’re lucky you might even catch a few dolphins riding through the foam, come here in winter and it’s an excellent spot for whale watching too.
Hermosa Beach – Hermosa Beach is a wide charming white-sand beach, which actually means beautiful in Spanish. It has a broad boardwalk great for walkers, cyclists or skaters and plenty of cafes, playgrounds and volley ball courts to keep everyone entertained. It’s a great family beach with changing rooms and lifeguards and it’s pretty good for surfers too.
A guide to Los Angeles’ best beaches - My favorite is El Matador. And considering it will be 82 degrees again today, why not just play hooky and go to the beach.
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