If you're looking for a day (or a lifetime) near the beach, Los Angeles is the place to be. With many miles of gorgeous coastline, there is something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a trendy beach adventure to pair with your brunch, a local court to play beach volleyball, or sweeping vistas and cliff-enclosed stretches of sand, you can find it here.
Los Angeles beaches you’ll love
Santa Monica Pier - FIRST (put in order of S→N)
Venice Beach is a world-famous beach located in the city of Venice, California. Constructed with an Italian theme in mind—including canals, pedestrian bridges, and piazzas—this beach opened in 1905. Perhaps best known for its boardwalk, with street performers like mimes and musicians, Venice Beach is a popular spot for artists, who often set up their easels and paint the passersby and the beautiful ocean views. There are a variety of boutiques and stores located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard on the south end of the beach, offering everything from handmade jewelry to vintage clothes. Nearby, there are many gorgeous homes located along the canals, and even locals who don’t live on these streets can be found taking their evening walks along the water. When you’re ready for a bite to eat, visit local favorites like Hinano Café or the High Rooftop Lounge.
Roughly 2.5 miles from Santa Monica real estate, Venice Beach can be reached via Lincoln Boulevard. Venice homes for sale are about half a mile from Venice Beach.
Will Rogers State Beach
Will Rogers State Beach is a beautiful beach with plenty to offer located in Santa Monica. You can go swimming, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, or play volleyball on one of the many courts. This beach is also a great place to picnic, with plenty of picnic tables available for visitors.
Will Rogers State Beach is roughly 4 miles from Santa Monica real estate and six miles from Venice homes for sale.
Playa del Rey
Playa del Ray Beach is located approximately 10 miles from Santa Monica real estate and eight miles from Venice homes for sale.
Manhattan Beach - LAST
Manhattan Beach is well-maintained, with a wide and sandy stretch of beach monitored by lifeguard stands. You can often see local celebrities strolling the boardwalk. The pier is home to a small aquarium sure to please families. Aside from swimming and sandcastle making, visitors can enjoy a bike ride along The Strand.
Manhattan Beach is located 11 miles from Santa Monica real estate and 10 miles from Venice homes for sale.
If you drive north from Santa Monica, Malibu is loaded with incredible beaches that are perfect for a day of adventure. Perhaps the smallest of the beaches on this list when it comes to actual sand area, El Matador is hidden from the PCH by the bluffs that tower over this stretch of shore. At the top, a parking lot and cliff-top picnic tables give great views of the ocean — and they’re a great place to take in the glorious sunset. A rocky path leads down to a wooden stairway, which will bring visitors to a small stretch of sand that is often populated by birds and locals. If you’re looking for the best swimming or surfing beaches, this won’t top your list as the rocky shore makes it dangerous, but if you’re looking for a casual picnic, a beach-side reading day, or a romantic stroll along the water, the views from here are unparalleled.