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If You're Visiting The Beach In Los Angeles, This Is The Info You Need

There's just so much to sea!

Dockweiler State Beach

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The biggest draw at Dockweiler State Beach is definitely the fire pits. The beach has 40 fire pits that you can snag on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll want to arrive early, as lots of people claim the fire pits for cookouts or general chillaxing.

Address

12000 Vista del Mar
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Parking

Parking lots and street parking are available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Winter rates are $6 on weekdays and $8 on weekends. Summer rates are $8 on weekdays and $13 on weekends. The first 300 vehicles each day pay $3 on weekdays and $5 on weekends.

Point Dume

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Point Dume's cliffs are as striking from the beach as they are from the hiking trail. The trail also leads to an ancient coastal-bluff sand dune. If you're around from December to April and feel like watching some whales, Point Dume is a fantastic spot to watch the annual migration of California gray whales. You see dolphins, too. The author of this post sure did!

Address

7103 Westward Beach Road
Malibu, CA 90265

Parking

Summer rates are $3–$8 on weekdays and $3–$15 on weekends. In the winter, they are $3–$6 on weekdays and $3–$8 on weekends.

Venice Beach

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The hustle and bustle along the Venice boardwalk is a must-see for anyone who's never been to Los Angeles before. Rent a bike and ride down the boardwalk to see eclectic street performers, beautiful graffiti murals, hardcore people working out at the Muscle Beach Gym, and shopping that will suit whatever your tastes may be.

Address

There's no one address, but you'll find the iconic Venice Beach sign at:

Pacific Ave & Windward Ave
Venice, CA 90291

Parking

There's ample parking all around Venice. You can find public lots owned by the city at 300 Ocean Front Walk, 2100 Ocean Front Walk, and 3100 Ocean Front Walk. Prices are $4–$18, depending on the season and when you arrive. There are also private lots to be found all over the place, but the city lots are typically cheaper.

Public Transit

If you're planning on renting a bike (or bringing your own), consider taking the Metro to the Downtown Santa Monica station. From there, you can walk to the beach and rent a bike for a quick ride down to Venice.

Will Rogers State Beach

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A bike ride from Venice Beach to Will Rogers State Beach is about half an hour and is a treat in its own right. Will Rogers is also less crowded than Venice to the south and Malibu to the north. But that doesn't mean you won't spot people surfing, sailing, or playing volleyball. If you're looking for one of the most laid-back beach spots in LA, this is the place.

Address

17700 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Parking

There are three lots for Will Rogers. 14800 Pacific Coast Highway and 17580 Pacific Coast Highway are open from dawn to dusk. 15800 Pacific Coast Highway is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. In the summer, weekday rates are $5–$9, and weekend rates are $4–$15. In the winter, weekdays are $4–$6, and weekends are $5–$9.

Public Transit

If you're going to rent a bike or bring your own, Will Rogers is a short ride from the Downtown Santa Monica station.

El Matador Beach

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If El Matador's breathtaking sea caves and rocks aren't enough to convince you to visit the crown jewel of the Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach, then the incredible sunsets caught on Instagram should send you driving up the Pacific Coast Highway in no time. Heads up: The beach will be crowded in the summer, but it can be incredibly tranquil in the off-season.


Address

32350 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

Parking

Parking is pretty limited in the small lot on top of the bluff (about 20 spots), so definitely head out early. The lot is open from 8 a.m. to sunset and costs $8. It's a steep walk down the beach, so be prepared.

Mother's Beach

Rosie's Dog Beach

Leo Carrillo State Park

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If you want to commune with the wilder residents of LA beaches, Leo Carrillo State Park is the place to visit. Harbor seals, sea lions, dolphins, and gray whales can all be spotted here. The area is also well known for its tide-pooling. You can see starfish, sea urchins, and something called a sea hare. It's, like, a sea snail without a shell? It's crazy, man.

Address

35000 West Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

Parking

The cost is $3 per hour per car, with a $12 max.

Manhattan Beach

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Y'all, Manhattan Beach feels fancy. The Los Angeles Times refers to it as "an oceanside pearl with added polish." It's home to sports stars like Lakers coach Luke Walton and Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. The culinary scene is big, too. Six of Eater's essential South Bay restaurants are in Manhattan Beach. But this doesn't mean Manhattan Beach isn't chill. A ride south on the beach bike path is a very relaxing experience.

Address

There's no one address, but the pier is a good landmark.

Parking

There are 12 lots run by the city of Manhattan Beach. The beach lots are $2 an hour. City lots are $1.75 an hour.

Redondo Beach

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That laid-back South Bay vibe is alive and well in Redondo Beach. The horseshoe-shaped pier is a great place to eat, drink, and generally hang out until that gorgeous sunset comes knocking. Fun fact for those into surfing: Redondo was home to Henry Huntington, the man who brought surfing from Hawaii to California in 1907.

Address

There's no one address, but like in Manhattan Beach, the Redondo Beach pier is a great landmark.

Parking

The city lists several lots around town.

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