Los Angeles translates to the ‘City of Angels’, and quite rightly so since the city is perfectly situated in a massive basin, with mesmerizing natural beauty all around it and amazing attractions. The city is surrounded by natural allures such as forests, mountains, valleys, and fabulous pacific coastline, where you can enjoy one of the best beach vacations in US.
Los Angeles is also home to Hollywood which is one of the biggest attractions to the city and lures in thousands of tourists and aspiring artists from around the world. With some of the world’s greatest stars and celebrities living here, Hollywood, LA is a must-visit destination for your visit to the city.
The colorful environment and the positive vibes of this city will make you feel like you’re in a movie, even if you’re simply taking a walk. The city is quite rich in cultural heritage with people from all different locations and ethnicities from around the world living here. However, even if English is the official language of the city, it helps to learn a thing or two about speaking Spanish since the city is largely populated by the Latin community.
LA knows how to have fun, with some of the best nightclubs, restaurants, and parties by the beach in the country you’ll never be deprived of good times when in LA. Speaking of beaches and fun, the boundaries of the city may not be touching much of the coast, but the city is perfectly placed amongst some of the best beaches along the pacific coastline. With many hidden wonders, marvels, and lagoons to explore and amazingly picturesque beaches, LA is one of the best places to enjoy awesome beach vacations in US.
So pack your beachwear and put on your sunglasses because we’re going to take you to some of the best beaches in and around the city of Los Angeles!
Time to Reach: 50 Minutes
Shoreline: 2.5 Miles
Once a hotspot for hippies and ents, Venice Beach is one of the most popular beaches around LA. The beach is full of amazing artists and performers all year round that bring in huge crowds of tourists and locals alike. The beach is a fun and exciting place to visit all year round if you are on the lookout for amazing beach vacations in US. The beach has a variety of restaurants, shacks, street artists, ice cream trucks, and pizza joints around for you to indulge in after a long and tiring swim in the ocean. Venice beach is a varied crowd with people of all ages visiting for its amazing attractions. This is why Venice Beach is one of my most favorite places to visit around LA.
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Time to Reach: 35 Minutes
Shoreline: 3.5 Miles
A visit to Los Angeles is incomplete without a visit to the iconic Santa Monica Pier and the beautiful beach where it stands. Situated near Venice Beach, Santa Monica State Beach is another one of the most popular beaches in LA and the whole of California. The beach is more than 3 miles long which seems never-ending when taking a stroll across it, and offers some of the most spectacular views of the ocean. One of the main reasons for the popularity of this beach is the Santa Monica Pier which is the endpoint (or the starting is you’re heading east) of the iconic Mother Road, commonly known as Route 66. Spending a day at the Santa Monica state beach is no less than a carnival, and will offer you one of the best beach vacations in US. A visit to the Santa Monica Pier will brighten up your mood, with its thrilling roller coasters, Ferris wheel, food stalls, carts, and vendors. Standing at the edge of the pier and enjoying the view is one of my favorite things to do at this beach destination. The beach itself is also full of numerous fun and exciting activities such as surfing, ice cream stands, and beach volleyball courts for awesome beach vacations on US west coast.
Time to Reach: 1 hour
Driving up north of the Santa Monica Pier, you’ll reach the Malibu coastline which spans across a massive 27 Miles, including the city limits within itself. The coastline has multiple beaches, one of which is the Malibu Lagoon State Beach. This beach is popular among all types of beachgoers, be it the surfers, the ornithologists, the laid-back sunbathers, or the leisure swimmers, everyone is welcome at this beach. The beach has the beautiful Malibu Pier, which offers mesmerizing views of the surroundings and lets you have a scrumptious meal at the Malibu Pier Farm Restaurant and Café. This beach is perfect for enjoying peaceful and calm beach vacations in US with your family and friends. The area surrounding the beach offers plenty of exciting opportunities for tourists as well, such as watching more than 200 species of birds on the nearby wetlands or taking a guided tour to explore the biodiversity of the region along with its historic significance.
Time to Reach: 1 Hour 15 minutes
Shoreline: 2 Miles
El Matador Beach is one of the most spectacular and Instagram-worthy beaches with its rocky cliffs and beautiful clear waters. The beach is among the most romantic places near LA, which is probably the reason why many photographers and couples pick this as their preferred destination for getting a pre-wedding couples photoshoot. The El Matador in itself is actually quite tiny in size, but its 2.5-mile shoreline is shared with two other beaches within the Robert H. Meyer State Beach. The El Matador beach is a fun day beach where you can spend a couple of hours exploring these hidden caves, clear waters, and enjoying the mostly empty beach all to yourself. It is the natural beauty and the picturesque nature of the place that earns it a spot on our list of beach vacations in US.
Time to Reach: 35 Minutes
Shoreline: 2 Miles
Situated in the suburbs of LA, just a half-hour drive from downtown, Manhattan Beach sports a 2-mile long shoreline of white sandy beaches with a fun and peaceful LA vibe. The place offers you the opportunity to have the best beach vacations in US with its wide beaches, multiple volleyball courts, running and biking paths, along with various other activities to indulge in. The beach has plenty of shops and restaurants to grab a delicious meal after soaking up the sun. The Manhattan Pier is one of the oldest piers on the west coast and is considered a historic landmark. The pier has a unique aquarium at its end to make your beach vacations in US even more interesting.
Time to Reach: 30mins
The Playa Del Rey seems just an ordinary beach, with not many crowds and minimal recreational activities to indulge in. But what makes this beach stand out and earn a spot of our life of best beach vacations in US, is the fact that it’s located just 10 minutes away from the LAX Airport which is one of the biggest and busiest airports in the city. On its own, the beach is quite beautiful, with raw and unadulterated sand and dunes, with plenty of space to enjoy it, since it is one of the least crowded beaches in LA. Since the beach is so close to the airport, you can spot numerous planes taking off and coming into the airport, right from the beach up close while soaking up the sun at the beach. You can even click some amazing photographs right from the beach if you time your clicks right.
Elegance and Extravagance are the two words that perfectly describe the beautiful city of Los Angeles. In my personal opinion, LA is the best place in the world to enjoy the most amazing Beach vacations in the US because of the wide variety of options it offers you that does not involve going to the beach.