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Los Angeles Beaches

Los Angeles Beaches Overview

Los Angeles

Beaches in L.A. include the popular choices like Zuma, Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach to the more obscure Sycamore Canyon, Lechuza, Haggerty's and Bay Shore. Find fun beaches with all the amenities like restrooms, showers, cafés and camping or the more obscure, difficult to find beaches where no one else will be. Whether you're looking for the best beach, dog beach, surf spot or nude beach, you'll find it here. We've listed all the best beaches from Malibu to Long Beach.

NOTE: Visit the Heal the Bay website for details on water cleanliness... especially in urban regions.

TIDE CHARTS for exploring beaches with tide pools

Malibu

Point Mugu is located off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1). Point Mugu features a large sandy beach at the northernmost part of Los Angeles County. No facilities.

Point Mugu Beach
Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265

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Point Mugu State Park is found off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1). Point Mugu features a long narrow sandy beach, camping and plenty of hiking and biking trails. Day use parking off PCH at south end. Restrooms available.

Point Mugu State Park
9000 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 457-8143

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Sycamore Canyon is located off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1). Situated at the end of Sycamore Road, Sycamore Canyon features a large sandy beach with restrooms and picnic areas.

Sycamore Canyon Beach
9000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
(818) 880-0350

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Situated off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1). This small sandy beach is accessible by parking on PCH and descending a small staircase. Rock outcroppings are on both ends. No facilities.

No Name Beach
Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265

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Deer Creek is found off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1) at the end of Deer Creek Road. Deer Creek features a short narrow sandy beach accessible by parking on PCH and descending a small staircase. Rock outcroppings are on both ends. No facilities.

Deer Creek Beach
Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265

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County Line is situated off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1). County Line features a short sandy beach accessible by parking on PCH and descending a small staircase. The point at the north end is a popular surf spot. No facilities.

County Line Beach
Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
(818) 706-1310

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Leo Carrillo State Beach is located off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1). Leo Carrillo is popular for camping, hiking and mountain biking. Beach camping is in a canyon among shade providing sycamore trees. It offers a mix of sandy beach, tide pools and rocky coastline including small sea caves. Known by locals as 'Movie Beach', many movies and TV shows have been filmed here including Gidget, Grease, Karate Kid, Rockford Files and dozens more. The sea cave was featured in The Usual Suspects. The sea cave makes Leo Carrillo one of the most unique L.A. beaches.

Leo Carrillo State Beach
35000 W. Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
(818) 880-0350

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Nicholas Canyon County Beach is found off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1) from Nicholas Road. Nicholas Canyon features a long sandy beach accessible by either descending a staircase or ramps. Restrooms with showers available.

Nicholas Canyon County Beach
33850 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
(310) 305-9546

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El Pescador State Beach is located off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1). Situated in a small cove, El Pescador features a small sandy beach accessible by short dirt trail. Pay parking. No facilities.

El Pescador State Beach
32860 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
(310) 457-1324

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La Piedra State Beach is found off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1). Situated in a small cove, La Piedra features a small sandy beach accessible by short dirt trail. Pay parking. No facilities.

La Piedra State Beach
32628 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
(310) 457-1324

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El Matador State Beach is located off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1). El Matador features a large sandy beach accessible by short dirt trail and staircase. Picturesque rock formations include small sea caves. Pay parking. No facilities. The sea caves make El Matador one of the most unique L.A. beaches.

El Matador State Beach
32215 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265

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Lechuza is found off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1) from Broad Beach Road. Lechuza features a long narrow sandy beach accessible from two access points between homes. Despite 'No Trespassing' signs posted in the area, the public has right to access Lechuza. Park along Broad Beach Road. No facilities.

Lechuza Beach
Broad Beach Road
Malibu, California 90265

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Zuma is situated directly off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1). Zuma features a huge sandy beach with volleyball courts, swing sets, a snack bar and restrooms. Access from the large parking lot off PCH. Zuma is a popular surfing spot made legendary for its mention in several surf songs. Zuma is one of the more popular L.A. beaches.

Zuma Beach
30000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
(310) 457-9891

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Point Dume State Beach is found off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1) from Westward Beach Road. Situated at the point south of Zuma. Point Dume features a huge sandy beach and bluff-top trails that lead to view points, tide pools and two sandy coves. Park at the end of Westward Beach Road and follow the trail up the bluff. Activities include fishing, surfing, diving and whale watching. Restrooms available at parking lot.

Point Dume State Beach
Westward Beach Road
Malibu, California 90265
(818) 880-0350

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  • Westward is a huge sandy beach to the south of Zuma. Westward features volleyball courts, restrooms and a nearby restaurant.
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  • Pirate's Cove is a small sandy cove at the southwest tip of Point Dume. Access either by trail from the top of the bluff or at low tide by going around the rocky cliff from Westward. No facilities.
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  • Dume Cove is a large sandy cove to the east of Point Dume. Access by trail from the top of the bluff at Point Dume or by trail from the parking lot off Cliffside Drive. No facilities.
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Paradise Cove is located off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1) from Paradise Cove Road. Paradise Cove features a large sandy beach, small pier, oceanside café and restrooms. Beach chairs, umbrellas, huts and private cabanas can be rented at Paradise Cove Café. Surfing is not allowed at Paradise Cove. This is the only one of all L.A. beaches that offers drink service on the beach.

Paradise
Paradise Cove Road
Malibu, California 90265

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Latigo Shores is situated off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1) from Seagull Way. Latigo Shores offers a long narrow sandy beach back by residential homes. Park along PCH and walk down Seagull Way to access stairs next to the homes. Head west to Latigo Shores. Farther south where it starts to get rocky is Latigo Point, a popular surf spot. No facilities.

Latigo Shores
Latigo Shore Drive
Malibu, California 90265

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Dan Blocker State Beach is found off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1) at the end of Solstice Canyon Road. Also known also Corral State Beach, Dan Blocker features a long narrow sandy beach backed by sand dunes and the highway. Park along PCH and descend one of many short dirt trails to the sand. No facilities.

Dan Blocker State Beach
Corral State Beach
26224 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
(310) 457-9891

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Malibu Road Beach is found off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1) from Malibu Road. Malibu Road features a long narrow sandy beach backed by homes. Several access points are located between the homes along Malibu Road. No facilities.

Malibu Road Beach
Malibu, California 90265

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Malibu Creek

Malibu Lagoon State Park is situated off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1). Malibu State Beach features several sandy beaches including Surfrider and the Malibu Pier. Surfrider was made famous in 60's surf movies and consistently provides perfect rights. Malibu is mostly a long-boarder break and is one of the most popular L.A. beaches for surfing. Malibu Creek forms Malibu Lagoon which attracts many species of birds. Restrooms available. Visit the historic Adamson House which is lavishly decorated in early Malibu tiles. Enjoy a sunset view while dining at The Beachcomber Café at the base of the Malibu Pier.

Malibu Lagoon State Park
23200 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
(818) 880-0350

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Billionaires is found off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1) east of the Malibu Pier. Also known as 'Carbon Beach', this mile-long stretch of sand seems to have the most densely populated grouping of celebrity homes in the region. It's not unusual to spot Hollywood celebrities enjoying Pacific views from their patios or jogging along the sand. For years residents have fought to have Billionaires made private to no avail. There are some rules that go with a visit to Billionaires' Beach. Visitors are only allowed along the waters' edge and can not loiter on the sand. Billionaire's can be accessed by walking south along the sand from the Malibu Pier. There is also at least one public access path from PCH along the way. Billionaires is one of the more unique L.A. beaches.

Billionaires Beach
22752 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

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Las Tunas State Beach is situated off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1). Las Tunas is a small beach with mixed rock and sand. Access by parking along PCH and descending short trails to the sand. No facilities.

Las Tunas State Beach
Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265

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Topanga State Beach is located off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1) from Topanga Beach Drive. Topanga offers a large sandy beach backed by small bluffs and the highway. The east end is a popular surf spot in front of Chart House restaurant. Pay parking. Restrooms available.

Topanga State Beach
18700 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
(310) 451-2906

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Will Rogers State Beach is found on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1) at the northern end of Santa Monica in Pacific Palisades. This is a large sandy beach with many amenities including concession stands, public restrooms, a playground and 'The Strand'. The Strand is a cement bike path that continues unimpeded all the way to Marina Del Rey. And with a few city street connections through Marina Del Rey, it continues all the way to Palos Verdes. Will Rogers is among the most popular L.A. beaches.

TIP: This was the set of the 'Baywatch' television show. The lifeguard headquarters seen on the show are here. Free parking can be found along Temescal Canyon Road.

Will Rogers State Beach
Temescal Canyon Road & PCH (Pacific Coast Highway)
Pacific Palisades, California 90272
(310) 305-9503

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Santa Monica Beach is situated at the northern edge of the Santa Monica Bay north of Marina Del Rey. This is a huge sandy beach offering two miles of activity and entertainment. A cement bike path called 'The Strand', runs through Santa Monica connecting with Marina Del Rey to the south and Will Rogers to the north. Santa Monica is the most popular of all L.A. beaches. Pacific Park boardwalk amusement park is on the Santa Monica pier and features classic as well as modern rides, roller coasters and arcade games.

TIP: Want to try surfing? Go to a pier where there are lifeguards or try a surf school like Learn to Surf L.A..

Santa Monica Pier
Colorado Avenue & Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90401
(818) 880-0350

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Venice Beach is located off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1) from Venice Boulevard. Venice features a huge sandy beach with volleyball courts, basketball courts, handball courts, tennis courts, skate parks and more. Venice Beach is known for its eclectic shops and street entertainers. Muscle Beach is a small area with an outdoor gym and weight equipment. Bodybuilders shaped like superheroes work out here as spectators watch. The southern portion of Venice is backed by Marina Del Rey and features a pier and beautiful homes along saltwater canals similar to Venice, Italy. Marina Del Rey offers restaurants, entertainment, accommodations and opportunities for boat rentals and sport fishing. A cement bike path called 'The Strand', runs through Venice connecting with Santa Monica and Will Rogers to the north. Venice beach is one of the most unique L.A. beaches.

CAUTION: Venice Beach is prone to criminal activity. Gangs have been a problem in this area. Be cautious when you visit and consider avoiding at night.

Venice Beach
Venice Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

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Marina Beach, also known as Mother's Beach, is found off the 405 freeway from the 90 Marina Freeway. Situated in Marina Del Rey Harbor, Mother's is a calm lagoon with a small sandy beach, playground, shaded picnic tables and restrooms. Mother's Beach is one of the best L.A. beaches for kids because of the calm waters and gently sloping sand.

Mother's Beach
4101 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, California 90292
(310) 305-9545

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Manhattan Beach

Playa Del Rey is located off the 405 freeway from Manchester Boulevard. Situated on the south side of Marina Del Ray Harbor, Playa Del Rey features a large sandy beach with volleyball courts, restrooms, concessions and picnic grounds. A portion of Playa Del Rey is in front of Los Angeles International Airport where planes pass overhead. A cement bike path called 'The Strand', runs through Playa Del Rey connecting with Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo and Torrance Beaches to the south.

Playa Del Rey
Pacific Avenue and Culver Blvd
Playa del Rey, California 90293

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Dockweiler State Beach is found at the end of the 105 freeway off Imperial Highway. Dockweiler features a huge 3-mile long beach with fire rings, volleyball courts, restrooms, concessions and picnic grounds. Bonfire parties are popular activities at Dockweiler. A portion of Dockweiler is directly in front of Los Angeles International Airport where planes pass overhead. A cement bike path called 'The Strand', runs through Dockweiler connecting with Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo and Torrance Beaches to the south. Dockweiler is the most popular of L.A. beaches for nighttime parties.

CAUTION: Dockweiler has a spotty history of crime including violent crimes. We do not recommend Dockweiler for out-of-town visitors.

Dockweiler State Beach
12000 Vista Del Mar
Playa del Rey, California 90293
(310) 305-9503

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El Porto

El Porto is situated off the 405 Freeway from Rosecrans Avenue. El Porto is the northern portion of Manhattan Beach that resides in front of the smoke stacks and oil fields. El Porto features a large sandy beach with volleyball courts, restrooms and a concession stand. El Porto is a popular surf spot. A cement bike path called 'The Strand', runs through El Porto connecting with Dockweiler to the north and Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo and Torrance Beaches to the south.

El Porto Beach
Rosecrans Ave & Ocean Dr
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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Manhattan Beach Pier

Manhattan Beach is found off the 405 freeway from Manhattan Beach Boulevard. Manhattan features nearly 3 miles of sandy beach with a pier, volleyball courts and restrooms. Manhattan has deep roots with Pro Volleyball and provides hundreds of courts along its sand. All of Manhattan's beaches can be accessed from any street along Highland Avenue. The Manhattan Beach Pier features the Roundhouse Aquarium with local fish species. Several popular shops, restaurants & bars are situated along Manhattan Beach Boulevard at the pier. A cement bike path called 'The Strand', runs through Manhattan connecting with Dockweiler and El Porto Beaches to the north and Hermosa, Redondo and Torrance Beaches to the south. Manhattan is among the most popular L.A. beaches.

Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach is located off the 405 freeway from Aviation Boulevard. Hermosa features a 2-mile long beach with a pier, volleyball courts and restrooms. All of Hermosa's beaches can be accessed from any street along Hermosa Avenue. Several popular shops, restaurants & bars are situated along Pier Avenue at the pier. A cement bike path called 'The Strand', runs through Hermosa connecting with Dockweiler, El Porto and Manhattan Beaches to the north and Redondo and Torrance Beaches to the south. Hermosa is among the most popular L.A. beaches.

Hermosa Beach
Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach is situated at the end of Torrance Boulevard. Redondo is mostly consumed by a harbor and large pier, known locally as the 'Horseshoe Pier'. A sandy beach can be found on the north side of the break wall and south of the horseshoe pier. The Redondo Pier is a hub for activity with restaurants, night clubs, bars and shops. A large sandy beach with restrooms spans 2 miles south of the pier. King Harbor offers more popular restaurants and many boating excursions including sport fishing, whale watching and ferries to Catalina Island.

Redondo Beach
Torrance Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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Redondo Break wall is located at the end of Herondo Street (190th St). Turn west at the street in front of The Sea Lab. The Break wall is a popular surf spot delivering consistent lefts around the harbor break wall. A small sandy beach can be found between King Harbor and the Chart House restaurant. No facilities.

The Breakwall
Yacht Club Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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Seaside Lagoon is found south of 190th Street on Harbor Drive. Situated in King Harbor, the Seaside Lagoon is large sea park that's been sealed off from the open ocean. It uses natural sea water that's been slightly chlorinated. The Seaside Lagoon is run by the city and only open during the summer. It features a small sandy beach, restrooms, water guns, fountains and a snack bar operated by Ruby's restaurant. Seaside Lagoon is one of the best L.A. beaches for kids.

Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 318-0681

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Torrance

Torrance Beach

Torrance Beach is situated between Redondo and Palos Verdes off Paseo de la Playa. Torrance features a large sandy beach with volleyball courts, restrooms and a snack bar.

Torrance Beach
Paseo de la Playa
Torrance, CA 90277

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Palos Verdes

Malaga Cove

Malaga Cove is located off Palos Verdes Drive from Via Arroyo. Situated between Palos Verdes and Torrance, Malaga Cove is accessible by descending a long trail from the parking lot at the end of Via Arroyo. Malaga Cove features a small beach with mixed rock and sand. Malago Cove is popular for surfing and scuba diving. No facilities.

Malaga Cove
Via Arroyo
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

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Haggerty's

Haggerty's is found off Palos Verdes Drive from Via Arroyo. Situated between Palos Verdes and Torrance, Malaga Cove is accessible by descending a long trail from the parking lot at the end of Via Arroyo. Once on the sand head south along the shore to Haggerty's. This beach is popular for surfing and scuba diving. No facilities.

Haggerty's @ Malaga Cove
Via Arroyo
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

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Bluff Cove is located near the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive and Paseo Del Mar. Bluff Cove Trail descends to a large rocky cove. Bluff Cove is popular for scuba diving and surfing with breaks like Indicator, Little Reef, Middle and Boneyard. No facilities.

Bluff Cove
Paseo Del Mar
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

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Lunada Bay is found at the intersection of Oakley Road and Paseo Del Mar. A trail descends to a large rocky cove. Lunada Bay is a popular surf spot that can get big. No facilities.

CAUTION: Surfers are territorial at Lunada and can become violent with visitors.

Lunada Bay
Paseo Del Mar
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

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Honeymoon Cove is situated at the intersection of Via Barri and Paseo Del Mar. A steep trail descends to a small rocky cove. No facilities.

Honeymoon Cove
Paseo Del Mar
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

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Christmas Tree Cove is found at the intersection of Via Neve and Paseo Del Mar. A steep trail descends to a small rocky cove. No facilities.

Christmas Tree Cove
Paseo Del Mar
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

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Golden Cove is situated near the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive and Calle Entradero. A steep trail descends to a small rocky cove. Tide pools are located at the north end of the cove. No facilities.

Golden Cove
Calle Entradero
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

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Pelican Cove is located off Palos Verdes Drive just south of the Point Vicente Lighthouse. A trail descends from parking lot to a large rocky cove. Restrooms available at the parking lot.

Pelican Cove
Palos Verdes Drive
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

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Abalone Cove is found off Palos Verdes Drive across the road from Wayfarers Chapel. Park at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park. Inspiration Point is on the south bluff and Portuguese Point on the north bluff. Bluff trails branch out from a large rocky cove. Sea caves and tide pools are located on the point at the southern end. Fee parking. Restrooms and picnic tables available at the parking lot. Abalone Cove is one of the most popular L.A. beaches in P.V.

Abalone Cove
5970 Palos Verdes Drive South
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
(310) 377-1222

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Sacred Cove is situated off Palos Verdes Drive across the road from Wayfarers Chapel. Park at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and head south to Sacred Cove. Inspiration Point is on the south bluff and Portuguese Point on the north bluff. Trails descend Portuguese Slide to a small cove with mixed sand and rock. Sea caves and tide pools are located on both ends of the cove. Park in the fee lot at Abalone Cove. Restrooms and picnic tables available at the parking lot.

Sacred Cove
5970 Palos Verdes Drive South
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
(310) 377-1222

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San Pedro

Royal Palms County Park is found near the intersection of Paseo Del Mar and Western Avenue. White Point-Royal Palms comprises 3 small coves, 2 with rocky coves and one sandy beach. Features include picnic tables, restrooms and showers. Pay parking. Royal Palm is among only a few L.A. beaches in San Pedro.

White Point-Royal Palms County Park
Kay Fiorentino Drive
San Pedro, CA 90732

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Point Fermin is located at the intersection of Paseo Del Mar and Cabrillo Avenue. Trails descend from a park to a large staircase and rocky cove. At the southern end of the cove is Point Fermin. Restrooms available at the park on the bluff.

Point Fermin
Paseo Del Mar
San Pedro, CA 90732

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Cabrillo Beach is situated at the harbor breakwall in San Pedro. Cabrillo offers a small sandy beach within the protected waters of the break wall and another small beach on the outside of the break wall. Cabrillo features wheelchair access on the sand, a boat launch, playground, picnic tables, snack bar, restrooms and showers. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium shares the parking lot with the beach. Cabrillo is among only a few L.A. beaches in San Pedro.

Cabrillo Beach
Shoshonean Road
San Pedro, CA 90732

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Long Beach

Main Beach from Bluff Park

Alamitos Beach is found off Ocean Boulevard. Alamitos features a wide sandy beach that stretches from Shoreline Drive to the Belmont Pier. A paved bike path runs the entire length and welcomes walkers, joggers and roller bladders. Bikes and in-line skates can be rented along the trail near Shoreline Drive. Sunbathing, swimming, kite flying, volleyball and kite surfing are other popular activities. Parking lots are available off Shoreline Drive and the end of Junipero Avenue, which is also referred to as Junipero Beach. Restrooms available. Alamitos is among the most popular L.A. beaches.

Alamitos Beach
Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90803

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Belmont Shore is located off Ocean Boulevard. Belmont Shore features the Belmont Pier and a wide sandy beach with volleyball courts and restrooms. At the pier are restaurants, bars, the Belmont Plaza Pool, a bait shop/snack stand and deep-sea fishing charters. Just south of the pier at the end of Granada Avenue is Granada Beach where Alfredo's Beach Club hosts events like Movies on the Beach, Tiki Festival, The Great Sand Sculpture Contest and more. Farther down Ocean Boulevard you will find the Leeway Sailing Center where sailboats and kayaks can be rented. Behind the Leeway Sailing Center are the gondola rentals for romantic cruises through Naples' canals. Several parking lots are available off of Ocean Boulevard. Restrooms available.

Belmont Shore
Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90803

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The peninsula is situated off Ocean Boulevard. Peninsula features two small sandy beaches along the inner waters of Alamitos Bay. Bayshore Walk is a cement walking path that runs along the front of homes and connects the two beaches. Another wraps the inner bay from the peninsula to the 2nd Street bridge. Park in the streets of the residential neighborhood. No facilities.

Peninsula
E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90803

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Bay Shore Beach

Bay Shore is found off 2nd Street or Ocean Boulevard along Bay Shore Avenue. Also known as 'Horny Beach', Bay Shore features a long sandy beach that wraps along the inner waters of Alamitos Bay. Sailboats and paddleboards can be rented at the Leeway Sailing Center. Behind the Leeway Sailing Center are the gondola rentals for romantic cruises through Naples' canals. Kayaks on the Water is next to Leeway and provides kayaks for navigating the bay. Park in the streets of the residential neighborhood. Restrooms available.

Bay Shore
Bay Shore Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803

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Mothers Beach us located on the north side of 2nd Street along Apian Way. Mothers is a small sandy beach situated in the protected waters of Alamitos Bay. Mothers Beach features grass picnic areas, restrooms and kayak rentals during warmer months. Parking lot available at the 2nd Street exit. Mothers Beach is one of best L.A. beaches for kids because of the calm water and gently sloping sand.

Mothers Beach
Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803

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Marine Stadium is situated on the north side of 2nd Street along Apian Way. Marine Stadium features a thin strip of beach situated in the protected waters of Alamitos Bay. Marine Stadium hosts boating events year-round like speed boats, outrigger canoe races and more. Parking lot, restrooms and boat launch available.

Marine Stadium
Paoli Way
Long Beach, CA 90803

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Catalina Island

Avalon offers three sandy beaches in the harbor that are good for swimming, snorkeling and water play. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. South Beach is on the south side of the Green Pleasure Pier, Middle Beach is on the north side and Step Beach is halfway between the Green Pleasure Pier and Catalina Casino. Many nearby shops rent equipment like kayaks, snorkel gear, bodyboards, lounge chairs, umbrellas and more. The beaches are backed by the town of Avalon with restaurants, restrooms, food and refreshments within easy reach.

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Pebbly Beach is situated to the south of Avalon and the boat terminal. Pebbly is comprised of rock pebbles rather than sand. Lover's Cove is situated at Pebbly where the water is clear and sea life abundant. No diving is allowed but the Undersea Gardens are a favorite with snorkelers and the glass-bottom boats from nearby Avalon.

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Descanso Beach is located to the north of the Catalina Casino. Descanso is the location of the Descanso Beach Club, which is a hub for activities, entertainment and nightlife. There is a small entry fee to use Descanso but it comes with many amenities including imported white sand, luxury loungers with sunbrellas, fire pits, private cabanas, a massage cabana, food & beverage service and kayak rentals. Cabanas and lounge chairs are rented for a fairly steep price.

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Two Harbors is found at the more remote, north end of the island. Two Harbors features a large sandy beach surrounding a pier in the Isthmus. Equipment rentals are available at Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center that includes everything from lounge chairs to scuba diving gear. Volleyballs can be rented for use on the sand volleyball court at the north end. Kayaking and snorkeling are popular activities.

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Other Catalina beaches are located at various locations all along the rugged shoreline of the Island. Most are small coves only accessible by boat and some by hiking trails. There are no services, amenities or life guards at any of these beaches. Some of these beaches include Whites Landing, Goat Harbor, Cherry Cove, Emerald Bay, Parsons Landing, Ben Weston, Shark Harbor and many more.


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