Manhattan Beach. If you’re looking for a classic southern California beach town, this is it. Volleyballs, sunbathers, and surfers are a common sight by the sea. If you enjoy jogging or biking, the South Bay Bicycle Trail as well as a pedestrian-only walkway run through the beach. And when it’s time to grub or unwind, many dining and shopping options are available in nearby Downtown Manhattan Beach. Soak up the sun in one of California’s finest cities.
Fun fact: Manhattan Beach sits on sand dunes. Much of this sand was shipped to Hawaii to help create Waikiki’s beaches, and some of it was used to build the Pacific Coast Highway and the LA Coliseum. The only exposed sand dune remaining is at Sand Dune Park.
Redondo Beach. There’s plenty to enjoy in South Bay’s coziest seaside town. At the Pier and the Marina, delicious seafood, picturesque views, and water fun await. Meanwhile, North Redondo offers excellent shopping opportunities and entertainment venues as well as cool coffee shops and breakfast spots. Speaking of shopping, Riviera Village is the place to be. Wine and craft beer tastings can cap off an excellent adventure into one of South Bay’s finest.
Fun fact: Did you know that surfing got started in the continental United States at Redondo Beach in 1907? The local Dive N’ Surf is a great place to get surf lessons if you want to experience history and have tons of fun while doing it.
Hermosa Beach. Hermosa Beach is an easygoing surfer’s paradise. Laid-back by day and lively at night, there’s plenty for families, couples, and individuals to enjoy in this beach city. The Hermosa Pier offers great views of the Pacific and is a favorite spot for fishermen. Meanwhile, The Strand is a beachfront sidewalk that offers the perfect place for active locals to bike, run, and walk. There are also quaint shops on Pier Avenue and food options galore.
Fun fact: The first pier in Hermosa Beach was actually built in 1904. It stretched 500 feet into the Pacific Ocean and was made entirely of wood. Interestingly enough, in 1913 this pier was severely damaged and partially washed away.