Best Los Angeles Beaches to Swim, Surf, and Hang At
Wide and sandy; on-site dog beach. Along Ocean Boulevard, from 54th Place to Belmont Pier, Long Beach.
Inside the breakwater it’s a still-water beach, and on the ocean it’s a surf beach. Public boat-launching ramp on harbor side. 40th Street and Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro.
Dan Blocker Beach
Sandy, narrow beach draws surfers and divers. Great spot for scuba enthusiasts. Limited free roadside parking. 26000 block of Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu.
Dockweiler State Beach
Near LAX. Wide expanse of beach: 3.7 miles of ocean frontage and 255 acres of beach. Bonfires permitted. Beach wheelchairs available. 12501 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey.
El Matador State Beach
One of the prettiest beaches in L.A. County. Steep stairs lead to 18 acres of narrow, sandy beach with scenic rock formations. 32350 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.
El Pescador State Beach
Stairs lead to 10 acres of narrow, sandy beach. 32900 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.
Two-mile stretch of beach along Santa Monica Bay with combination bike path/boardwalk and pier. Metered street parking. Hermosa Avenue and 33rd Street, Hermosa Beach.
Leo Carrillo State Beach
1.5 miles of beach plus tide pools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring. There are two sections of beach along a loop road of a campground. 36000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.
Malibu Lagoon State Beach
167-acre beach includes Malibu Pier, Malibu Lagoon, Surfrider Beach, the Adamson House and a museum that highlights the area’s history. 23050 and 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.
Malibu Surfrider Beach
World-renowned surfing area. Swimming areas are limited. 23050 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.
Beach is dotted with beach-volleyball nets and bisected by a pier featuring a small aquarium and a café. Beach wheelchairs available. 400-4500 The Strand, Manhattan Beach.
Non-ocean-facing beach suited for children and windsurfers. Beach wheelchairs available. 4135 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey.
Nicholas Canyon Beach
23-acre beach is less crowded than many others in Malibu. 33850 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.
Moderate width, sandy. Along Ocean Boulevard, 54th Place to 72nd Place, Long Beach.
Point Dume Beach
Cliffs border the beach, one of the most beautiful along the L.A. coastline. 7103 Westward Beach Road, Malibu.
Located on the southwestern corner of the peninsula, the small Point Vicente Park offers a whale-watching deck and displays of local history and ecology. Palos Verdes Drive, Palos Verdes.
A 1.5-mile beach that runs south of the pier to Torrance Beach. 400-1700 Esplanade, Redondo Beach.
Santa Monica State Beach
Wide, sandy expanses divided by Santa Monica Pier. 100-2900 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.
Rocky and narrow Malibu beach is a popular surfing spot but unsafe for swimming. Beach wheelchairs available. 18700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Topanga.
Venice City Beach
Famous boardwalk with street performers and shops is one of SoCal’s biggest attractions. The north end is home to “Muscle Beach.” Beach wheelchairs available. 2700-3100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice.
White Point Beach/Royal Palms
Rugged, rocky shoreline is popular with divers, shell collectors and surf casters. Tide pools. 1799 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.
Will Rogers State Beach
Sandy 3-mile beach is starting point for the Marvin Braude Bike Trail. Popular for swimming and skin diving; volleyball courts. Beach wheelchairs available. 17700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades.
The ultimate SoCal beach. Food stands at each end of its 4-mile expanse along PCH. Beach wheelchairs available. 30000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.