When visiting Los Angeles, one of the biggest draws is the beach scene. Especially with COVID-19 and the pandemic, it’s been hard to get out and enjoy the outside! So, we have put together a list of some of our favorite spots in the L.A. area to relax by the beach, swim or surf, maybe try hang gliding, or just enjoy a nap. Keep reading to see our picks for the best beaches and activities to do around Los Angeles!
Tucked beneath the cliffs of Malibu, this beach provides all the amenities. You can rent out beach beds, private terraces, and lounges. It's one of the most relaxing spots in Malibu. Get a quick run or beach walk in, stroll from Escondido to Paradise Cove, and have an earned glass of rosé while watching the sunset.
Of course you have to check out Venice Beach! It’s the perfect spot to lay down a blanket and view the Pacific. You can even stay for the beloved Venice Beach Boardwalk and check out the vendors. It’s a lively spot for those who like a bit of excitement with their beach day.
El Matador State Beach
From beautiful caves to sea stacks to surf, El Matador is the most popular beach closest to Malibu. When you arrive, take a stroll down the trail of rock formations to the stairs that lead directly to the beach. Once you get to the beach, go surfing or explore the beach caves and arches (best to go at low tide).
Abalone Cove Beach
If you’re up for an adventure, you need to check out this beach! Abalone Cove requires quite a journey to get to. BUT it’s so worth it in the end. You’ll need to trek down a path from the parking lot in order to get down to the beach. This is one of the most scenic spots in South Bay, with hiking trails through the bluffs, tide pools, caves at Portuguese Point.
If you are looking for a more secluded beach, Bluff Cove is for you! Located in Palos Verdes Estates, it’s one of the best surfing areas. Even if you aren’t a surfer and prefer other activities, it is great for hiking and relaxing. Wait for low tide and explore the rocky shoreline!