Best Beaches in & Around Los Angeles

Map featuring Los Angeles beaches. Click on pins to view beach details
  • Venice Beach

    Venice Beach

    Travel time: approx 0.5 hrs

    When thinking of Los Angeles it is hard not to picture the city's iconic Venice Beach. Whilst many beaches are exactly that, and nothing else, Venice Beach is much more than that; a beach, cultural institution, vibrant community and international tourist destination to name a few. What goes on along the beach front is as important to Venice beach's character as the sand,ocean and palms trees that physically define it.

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  • Santa Monica State Beach

    Santa Monica State Beach

    Travel time: approx 0.5 hrs

    Just west of downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica State Beach stretches for an astonishing 8 miles of soft sand. Cleaned and raked on a daily basis, it will host the beach volleyball competition of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

    The archetypal West Coast beach town, Santa Monica State Beach has a pier with an amusement park that contains a carousel dating from 1922 and is listed as a National Historic… read more »

  • Huntington Beach

    Huntington Beach
    © James Kim

    Travel time: approx 1 hr

    Nicknamed "Surf City USA", Huntington Beach is a popular resort destination for locals and international tourists. This 121-acre state beach has a long pier and a beautiful sandy beach with dunes sheltering many bird species.

    Facilities include parking lots (open until 10pm), bathrooms, showers, lifeguard HQ and fire rings for bonfires. It is ideal for sunbathing, walking, fishing and watching pro surfers.

    There are sandbars at the south end of Huntington Beach… read more »

  • Zuma Beach

    Zuma Beach

    Travel time: approx 1 hr

    One of largest and most popular beaches in Los Angeles County, Zuma Beach has clean waters and wide sands that extend for a total of around two miles. The location for the famous final scene in the original 1968 version of Planet of the Apes, it is now better known by the surfing community for its breaks, with Zuma Beach hosting several major competitions each year. Kite surfers tend to… read more »

  • Malibu Beach

    Malibu Beach
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    Travel time: approx 1 hr

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  • Dockweiler State Beach

    Dockweiler State Beach
    Alistair McMillan

    Travel time: approx 0.5 hrs

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  • Will Rogers State Beach

    Will Rogers State Beach
    © Don Ramey Logan

    Travel time: approx 0.5 hrs

    Will Rogers sits between two illustrious neighbours, Malibu and Santa Monica, just to the north of Los Angeles. Stretching for nearly 3 miles this is a great option when the city beaches become too busy.

    The long sandy beach here is everything you would imagine of a South Californian beach. Surf from the deep blue pacific, permanent sunshine and a host of volleyball courts.It should be little surprise… read more »

  • Newport Beach

    Newport Beach
    Mitch Barrie

    Travel time: approx 1 hr

    Home of the biggest recreational harbor on the west coast, the classic California surf town of Newport Beach offers sandy beaches, water sports, and incredible views of the sunset. This is a place you will never run out of ways to fill your day, and you can experience a real slice of Southern California beach life.

    The sand stretches for 10 miles at Newport Beach with the central Municipal beach… read more »

  • Palisades Beach

    Palisades Beach
    © Milan Ashley

    Travel time: approx 0.5 hrs

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  • Hermosa Beach

    Hermosa Beach

    Travel time: approx 0.5 hrs

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  • Redondo Beach State Park

    Redondo Beach State Park

    Travel time: approx 0.5 hrs

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  • Torrance County Beach

    Torrance County Beach

    Travel time: approx 0.5 hrs

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  • RAT Beach

    RAT Beach
    305 Seahill

    Travel time: approx 0.5 hrs

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