Los Angeles, a city with year round warmth, is known for attracting residents and travelers with its eclectic personalities, luxury shopping, class act entertainment and, of course, beautiful beaches. Everyone knows LA can be a trip that is stressful on the wallet, but it doesn’t have to be with Tripadvisor advice, Priceline coupon codes, and by spending most of your time at the best beaches in town. LA’s long coastline is divided amongst several beaches, each specializing in their own flavor and appeal. For those passing through, there are 5 must-stop beach spots that are well worth the visit:
Leo Carrillo State Beach
The perfect adventure spot along the coast of Los Angeles, Leo Carrillo State Beach rests in the heart of Malibu. Stretching a little over a mile, Leo Carrillo offers mysterious sea caves and sparkling tide pools for outdoorsy types to explore. In addition, visitors can maximize their excitement with guided nature tours, picnics and camping in the state park. As a preserved area, Leo Carrillo is a little piece of heaven.
Relax at an outdoor café or shop one of many hipster stores as you experience the unique vibe that only Hermosa Beach can offer. Stroll or bike along the paved walkway as you embrace the sun, sand and surf with other passerbys. When you’ve had enough tanning and playing along the expansive seashore, check out Pier and Pier Plaza for a bite to eat or a frozen cocktail of sorts.
Let’s face it. California is known for its abundance of surfers seeking out the ultimate wave set. Both surf lovers and spectators flock to Malibu Surfrider Beach for the smell of coconut sunscreen, toned bodies, salty air and a refreshing dip in the Pacific. Experienced and novelty surfers are drawn to the rolling waves for a taste of ocean bliss. In addition to extreme sports excitement, LA’s hottest bods spend their days soaking up the scorching, California sun at Surfrider Beach. Who doesn’t like a little eye candy at the beach?
The people-watching capital of LA rests along the sunny shores of Venice Beach. The world famous boardwalk draws the most interesting and colorful characters in town. It will leave visitors with a taste of the diverse population that coexists within LA. Live music, skaters and acrobats are only a sampling of the entertainment possibilities that have made Venice beach a platform for their talents. Palm readers and other eccentrics continue to breathe fun and life into this historical beach town.
El Matador Beach
Lovers agree that El Matador is the most romantic beach in LA. Forceful waves crash against the rocky shores of this secluded beach, creating the perfect ambiance for a passionate getaway. The soothing sound of the tides paired with crystal blue waters are a dream for couples seeking out a spectacular date spot, especially during the sunrise and sunset hours. No matter when you go, the view is remarkable and is guaranteed to impress your second half.
The best part about traveling to Los Angeles is that so much of the Cali scene can be experienced without ever leaving the sun, sand and surf.
Ms. S. has been to California many of times and loves the beaches that California has to offer. She has yet to try out surfing or paddle boating, but that’s on her bucket list!