Along Ocean Boulevard, from 54th Place to Belmont Pier, Long Beach. Wide and sandy; on-site dog beach.
40th Street and Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. Inside the breakwater it’s a stillwater beach and on the ocean it’s a surf beach. Public boat launching ramp on harbor side. Beach wheelchairs available.
DOCKWEILER STATE BEACH
12501 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey. Near LAX. Wide expanse of beach: 3.7 miles of ocean frontage and 255 acres of beach. Beach wheelchairs available.
EL MATADOR STATE BEACH
32350 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. One of the prettiest beaches in L.A. County. Steep stairs lead to 18 acres of narrow, sandy beach with scenic rock formations.
EL PESCADOR STATE BEACH
32900 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. Stairs lead to 10 acres of narrow, sandy beach.
Hermosa Avenue and 33rd Street, Hermosa. Two-mile stretch of beach that runs along Santa Monica Bay before running into the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Metered street parking.
LEO CARRILLO STATE BEACH
36000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. One-and-a-half miles of beach for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, surf fishing and beachcombing. Tide pools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring.
23050 and 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. 167-acre beach includes Malibu Pier and Malibu Lagoon with museum.
MALIBU SURFRIDER BEACH
23050 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. World-renowned surfing area. Swimming areas exist but are limited.
400–4500 The Strand, Manhattan Beach. Beach is bisected by a 900-foot pier. Classic sand volleyball beach nets extend to Hermosa Beach. Metered street and lot parking. Beach wheelchairs available.
4135 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Non-ocean–facing beach best suited for children and windsurfers. Beach wheelchairs available.
NICHOLAS CANYON BEACH
33850 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. Less crowded than many Malibu beaches and has 23 acres of property.
Along Ocean Boulevard, 54th Place to 72nd Place, Long Beach. Moderate width, sandy.
POINT DUME BEACH
7103 Westward Beach Road, Malibu. Beach is bordered by cliffs and is one of the most beautiful along the L.A. coastline.
Palos Verdes Drive, Palos Verdes. 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.
400-1700 Esplanade, Redondo Beach. A 1.5-mile beach that runs south of the pier to Torrance Beach.
SANTA MONICA STATE BEACH
100–2900 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica. Wide, sandy expanses divided by Santa Monica Pier.
18700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Topanga. The first real beach in Malibu is rocky and narrow. A popular surfing spot but too rocky for safe swimming. Beach wheelchairs available.
VENICE CITY BEACH
2700–3100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. Boardwalk with street performers and shops is one of SoCal’s biggest attractions. The north end is home to “Muscle Beach.” Beach wheelchairs available.
WHITE POINT BEACH/ROYAL PALMS
1799 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. Rugged, rocky shoreline is popular with divers, shell collectors and surf casters. Tide pools.
WILL ROGERS STATE BEACH
17700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades. Sandy three-mile beach is starting point for the Marvin Braude Bicycle Trail. Beach wheelchairs available.
30050 block of Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. The ultimate SoCal beach. Food stands at each end of its four-mile expanse along PCH. Beach wheelchairs available.