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Travel: Top 10 Beautiful Beaches in Los Angeles, CA

Travel: Top 10 Beautiful Beaches in Los Angeles, CA

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Today I have a travel guest post from Robert Hall about the top 10 beautiful beaches in Los Angeles. Enjoy!

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If a traveler is a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program participating country, it is required to acquire an Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA Visa. Essentially, it is an online version of the I-94 form. Hence, it is not really a visa. To acquire the visa, one must simply go online and fill out the ESTA Visa Application.

Canadian citizens can enter the United States under a separate visa waiver program without the need for ESTA.
With ESTA US Visas, travelers can explore the top 10 beautiful beaches in Los Angeles, not necessarily the tourist-heavy, popular beaches including Santa Monica Beach, along Los Angeles’ coastline.

1. Venice Beach

  • Sometimes, beauty is the combination of nature and people
  • One thing in common with Venice, Italy, is an area with a canal
  • Town residents have eccentric and unique character
  • The sandy beach is just a backdrop for the interesting atmosphere filled with somewhat bizarre people
  • Crowded on weekends with little parking space
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Beautiful Venice Beach in LA

2. El Matador Beach

  • With that ESTA US Visa, a person can stroll romantically with their American lover
  • Small coves along rocky edges
  • Very scenic for couples, swimmers, body boarding, and bodysurfing
  • Crowded during summer and beach is small
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Beautiful El Matador Beach

3. Malibu Beach

  • Great for surfing and beach volleyball in Surf rider Beach
  • For nature enthusiasts, there are various tide pools in the lagoon
  • Not too sandy
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Gorgeous Malibu Beach

4. Paradise Cove

  • A private beach, so payment is required to enter
  • Great for secluded beach experience
  • There is a restaurant to satisfy the hungry appetite
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Gorgeous Paradise Cove

5. Zuma Beach

  • Los Angeles’ northernmost beach
  • Colder ocean can be found here
  • During winter, whales can be spotted
  • Dolphins may be spotted during surfing
  • Crowded during busy days
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Breathtaking Zuma Beach

6. Manhattan Beach

  • Another mix of nature and people
  • Beautiful beachfront homes
  • Great place to see the sunset
  • Touristy
  • Shooting location for many movie and TV beach scenes

Lively touristy Manhattan Beach

7. Will Rogers State Park

  • Great sandy view
  • Clean and safe beach for swimmers
  • Close to popular Santa Monica
  • Not too crowded than beaches farther south

Will Rogers State Park beach

8. Abalone Cove in Palos Verdes

With ESTA US Visas, enjoy swimming and tide pools
Busy on weekends
A bit of a drive from the nearest freeway

Exquisite Abalone Cove in Palos Verdes

9. Leo Carrillo State Park

  • Superb for cave enthusiasts
  • Filled with tide pools and rock formations
  • Not very crowded
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Lovely Leo Carrillo State Park California

10. Point Dume State Beach

  • Small crowds
  • Various sand dunes
  • Great vantage points

Point Duma State Beach

About the Author: Robert Hall is a tech writer with a travel obsession. Follow him at @travelplex on Twitter.

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Thanks for sharing the top 10 beautiful beaches in Los Angeles, CA, Robert. Very much appreciated!

For everyone else, which beach is your very favorite? Tell me in the comments!

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