Live the California dream with a sun drenched holiday to the golden shores of Los Angeles. This dazzling city is renowned for its palm lined beaches, complete with rollerblading teens and bronzed surfers. From volleyball to basketball, swimming or surfing, you can spend time enjoying the relaxed lifestyle of the locals. Take advantage of the warm California weather and see for yourself how the beaches in Los Angeles have earned their glowing reputation.
Here are our top five beaches in Los Angeles.
Home to the rich and famous, Newport Beach is a haven for the well-to-do with its beachside mansions and ritzy harbour. Luckily, there is no cost to enjoying the beautiful beach that stretches more than eight miles along the Newport Coast. Join this affluent community for the day, sunbathing on the sandy shores or swimming in the bright blue waters. Keen surfers can head to the Wedge, a popular spot on Newport Beach famed for its impressive waves. Afterwards, enjoy window shopping at Fashion Island, one of the district’s luxurious shopping malls.
Santa Monica Beach
One of the most popular beaches in Los Angeles, Santa Monica Beach attracts sun seekers of all ages. On any given day of the year, locals will be enjoying the Southern California sun by swimming, surfing or sunbaking. Get moving with a game of beach volleyball or stretch the legs with a bike ride or skate along the boardwalk. Kids will love exploring the historic Santa Monica Pier, which hosts an array of amusement park rides and festive stalls. There’s even an aquarium, with over 100 species of marine animals and plants.
El Matador Beach
Smitten couples should head to El Matador Beach, often touted as being one of the most romantic beaches in Los Angeles. This secluded stretch of sand features rugged cliffs and towering rocks that magically provide hidden coves and intimate inlets. Pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful sunset with your loved one or simply stroll hand in hand along the robust shore. Access to the beach is via stairs and a steep dirt trail, however at the top of the upper cliffs you will experience breathtaking views out to sea.
One of Orange County’s gems is the hip seaside resort city known as Laguna Beach. Home to a wide stretch of coast, the most popular sandy spot is Main Beach. The clear blue waters beckon swimmers and body boarders to enjoy the pristine surrounds. There’s also volleyball and basketball courts, children’s playgrounds and picnic tables. Many keen surfers or skim boarders head to Laguna for its excellent wave conditions. If you have never tried the art of surfing, visit one of Laguna Beach’s famous surfing schools.
Venice Beach has become a Californian icon, complete with a bustling boardwalk and an eclectic mix of entertainers. Enjoy a stroll along the famous esplanade and keep an eye out for the colourful street performers, musicians and artists. The beach is lined with the quintessential California palm trees and is very popular for swimming, sunbaking and surfing. Wander along the Venice Pier for incredible views of Santa Monica Bay and be sure to explore the quirky shops along the promenade.