Top Los Angeles Beaches to Check Out
The beaches of Los Angeles are almost as famous as Hollywood and Disneyland. What a lot of visitors (and even residents) aren’t aware of is that Los Angeles is home to over a dozen different beach locations. But, there are some beaches that are more popular to the locals than others. So if you’re looking for a new beach to visit or you’re just new to Los Angeles living and need a guide to the best beaches, here are the top sands and surfs.
Leo Carrillo State Beach
Leo Carrillo is one of those beaches you won’t find overly crowded even in the middle of summer. It’s great for tide pooling, swimming and surfing. It is a lot further from Los Angeles than other beaches, but the drive is worth it if you want to escape the busy hustle of beaches closer to downtown. If you want to stay the night, bring the RV or tent and use the campgrounds located right across the street.
Will Rogers State Beach
Located on the stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway, this long stretch of sand and surf is great for swimming. In fact, it looks like something out of a movie. With the lifeguard towers, spanning all throughout the beach you will feel safe swimming. It is closer to Malibu, but you won’t find it as crowded as other beaches, which makes it great if you want to get away with the kids and enjoy the sand — and not the people.
Manhattan Beach always has something going on. It’s a very lively, active beach and is one of the nicest beaches you’ll find along the coast. If you are looking for a place to play some beach volleyball, stroll or just do some people watching, Manhattan Beach is the place to be. Because it is anurban beach setting, you are going to find it crowded, especially on a summer weekend. The water quality varies year-round, but the Los Angeles state department posts the water quality online so that you can see if it is safe for swimming.
This is one of the more northern beaches in LA and is highly popular. The sand is like silk, the water smooth and calm and you feel as though you’re at a tropical paradise. It is perfect weather for swimming or surfing and the waves aren’t too aggressive in Zuma’s area. If you want to go whale watching in the winter, Zuma is also a good spot. On a busy day, however, Zuma is one of the more difficult beaches to get in and out of. During the summer, you’ll be charged to park in the parking lot and the street parking usually fills up first thing in the morning from the surfers and early beach-goers.
Paradise Cove is a hidden gem that even some locals don’t know about. You can only access the beach through a private owned parking lot. It is framed by breathtaking bluffs, sand and the water is perfect. You do have to pay to get into the parking lot and there is limited spaces, which makes this an exclusive beach.