Best Beaches in Los Angeles

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Venice Beach is just a mile and a half South of Santa Monica. Park in Santa Monica, rent a bike and ride down the boardwalk to Venice beach, just like in the movies. Venice is the heartbeat of LA, ... read more

Venice Beach / Boardwalk is about a mile away. It’s an eclectic beach full of hipsters and homeless people. We like the beaches in Malibu (about a 30 min drive) for a nicer, more relaxing day, bu... read more

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The long, wide expanse of Santa Monica Beach is distinguished from other Southern California shorelines by the sheer extent of activities one can enjoy. Both sand and ocean are clean and beautifu... read more

Santa Monica beach is an iconic example of the famed Southern California beaches. Both sand and ocean are clean and beautiful, a great place for surfing, walking, exercising, and biking. Bicycle re... read more

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One of our favorite beaches... park in the 26th street parking lot or free on the street-- try to get there early and spend the day. Walk to great local restaurants and shopping. :)

5 minutes away from Manhattan Beach. El Porto good for surfing / volleyball good for kids... lifeguards etc. The strand along the beach is good to bike for miles either north or south also ... read more

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The place that makes it into the international surf guides. The waves are really long and relatively smooth here. You can take one of our beach towels and enjoy the action first hand.

The original Malibu point-break is just North of the Malibu pier. A summer classic, come spend a day here to watch some long rights being caught by the local crew - or venture out yourself if you a... read more

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Walking distance to one of the most beautiful beaches in LA. Many bars, shops, and restaurants, as well as volleyball courts and a beautiful boardwalk!

Hermosa Beach is hands down my favorite beach to go. This town is home to many players of the LA Kings! It is less touristy in comparison to Santa Monica or Venice Beach, but has a great beach to... read more

Rent a bike in Venice Beach and you have a Nice Bike Path to go to Hermosa Beach. The Bike Path is Very Secure from Marina Del Rey (MDR) to Hermosa Beach. Beautiful Homes From Manhattan Beach to He... read more

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Easy to reach secret beach, no waiting in lines to park, on the marina where they do paddleboard lessons. Great area for sunbathing, no waves or swimming here - Tiger sharks and mantas breed here.

Paddle board or Kayak in the Marina! Bike rentals also available. Nice hidden gem here in Marina del Rey and a nice break when you want to get away from heavily populated tourist areas.

This is a quick walk - only 2 blocks from house - and the beach is calm - there are no waves, since it's part of the marina, so it's more "safe" for mothers to take their kids to this beach - watch... read more

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Another nearby beach option, a lot quieter than Venice and Santa Monica. It's a quiet beach town with some great eateries, best known as the location of Dockweiler State Beach, which is easily acc... read more

This under-rated beach is the closest to our home and not as crowded as others in the area. You can usually find free parking, or just take a quick Uber ride down. Enjoy your meals at Playa Provisi... read more

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Clean beaches with plenty of parking, close to beachside restaurants.

In the 1960s it was a gay beach. Today there are volleyball courts where you can play or watch. In the summer you can rent a bike at Perry's Cafe. Bike tours of the Gold Coast and Venice can be booked

Beach time! Catch some waves at Will Roger's State Beach and then have some delicious Margaritas at Marix Tex Mex on PCH next to Will Rogers State Beach.

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Watch the airplanes fly overhead, rent bikes along the beach path, roast s'mores over the bonfire pits.

One of the only beaches in LA where you can have open fires, and actually has fire pits, for aviation enthusiasts this is a great place to watch all the action at LAX as planes take off directly ov... read more

Great beach that runs from El Segundo to Playa del Rey. Noisy from LAX planes but if you like watching planes it's a fun day for kids and adults!


Topanga Beach

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Lifeguard (might be seasonal), restrooms, surfing, gorgeous! Pay to park in the lot, but free parking on the street!

Best Beach for Sunshine and Wine: Topanga State Beach Sunbathe and then sip — or vice versa. Just off the Pacific Coast Highway, south of the oddly placed oceanfront American Apparel, Topanga State... read more

Closest beach to Villa: this beach is great if you want a short drive to the nearest beach, or if there's a lot of summer weekend traffic on PCH. (5.2 miles from Villa, 8.9 miles back)

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Where else can you play with dogs on the beach?

If you are staying at the house with your dog, give them a vacation too and take them to Rosie's Dog Beach. You are able to bring your dog to frolic in the tiny waves off of the leash.

Less than 1000 steps to doggy freedom for our canine companions. In addition to the secret paradise beach bungalow being pet friendly, so is most of Long Beach.

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One of the few places you can have a beach bonfire. There are about 5-10 bonfire pits, so be sure to come early and snag one! Beach volleyball nets are also adjacent.

Looking for volleyball nets, a sandy beach, relatively calm waters, fire pits, tide pools, etc.? This is your spot!

Watch surfers and windsurfers. Enjoy the waves rolling in. Great sunrise and sunset views. Fishing pier to walk down. The Los Angeles lighthouse is at the end, but you can not walk to it.

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Closest beach to our home. You have to keep your eyes peeled for "entrance" signs because the beachfront residents have tried to hide them. Ask us for more details.

Often called "Billionaires Beach", we highly recommend this beach to escape the California heat.

Sunsets, swimming, nearer shops and restaurants.

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Ideal for all family (5 minutes by car)

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Cliffs, Trails and a beautiful beach,

Even just the drive into Palos Verdes is beautiful. It captures the feel of driving up the PCH to Big Sur, without having to go all that distance. PV has the big stunning cliffs, tide pools, and p... read more