5 Beaches in Los Angeles You Need to Visit

Zuma Beach

Located in Malibu, this beach stretches for about 3 miles and is famous for surfing. There’s a lot of good public restrooms and restaurants. It’s great place to just lay out and enjoy the salt water and sun.

There is an abundance of parking, but it can get quite crowded during the weekend. Parking along PCH is free or you can park in one of their lots for $10.

Enjoying a fruit bowl and People We Meet On Vacation at Zuma Beach

Manhattan Beach

This beach town has a rich colorful aesthetic like no other. Here you’ll find modern mansions, views of the ocean no matter your location, and roses along the beach sidewalk. It’s important to note that there is not a lot of street parking. If you want to eat a restaurant in town, you’ll need to park in one of the beach access parking lots and walk 10 or so minutes to the restaurant of your choice.

Venice Beach

The Venice Pier is great spot for fishing. Many locals can be found fishing here on the weekend.

The famous Venice Beach Boardwalk starts here and stretches up to the Santa Monica pier. You can bike, rollerblade, walk, or go for a nice run along the sidewalk or bike path. Along the Venice Boardwalk, you can find a skate park, volleyball courts, unique shops, hip restaurants, street art, and live music.

What I love most about Venice Beach are the people. If you get the opportunity, sit on the patio of a restaurant and people watch. There are so many interesting locals and tourists that flock here.

Right at the edge of the Venice Beach Boardwalk

Santa Monica

There are two main attractions in Santa Monica: the pier and the retail center.

The pier has excellent restaurants and scenic rollercoaster rides. My favorite restaurant is the Mexican restaurant located at the end of the pier. It’s much quieter there, and their patio has a wonderful view of the water. The ferris wheel and roller coaster are my favorite rides. I always go on them when I visit. The views at the top of the ferris wheel are unbeatable.

The retail center across the street from the pier is great for shopping. There are lot of unique Californian shops as well as big retail stores like Apple. You can also find live music here from the people who do it for fun or are hoping to make it big.

Santa Monica Pier

Paradise Cove

Located in Malibu, this small luxurious beach will fulfill your dreams of having an exclusive boujee Californian vacation. This beach tends to be less crowded since it’s smaller and more expensive. It costs $40 per car to park in the parking lot, and you’ll need to get there early to guarantee a spot in the lot. Of course, it is free to park on PCH and access this beach. Just be careful if you do that since PCH is a busy highway.

Paradise Cove has a boujee vibe because of the gorgeous white beach beds and lounge chairs for rent, and the restaurant offers cocktails served in watermelons, pineapples, and coconuts.

Published by Seizing Sunny Days

Hi, I’m Mak! I’m obsessed with affordable luxury vacations, food, style, and fitness.

5 thoughts on “5 Beaches in Los Angeles You Need to Visit

  1. Ive only been to LA airport, lol. these are good places/beaches to see once traveling is allowed. Santa Monica is on my list!

  2. I am so jealous! Living in a land locked area, I so miss the ocean and beaches where I grew up! Thanks for the great pics!

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