Los Angeles is not only known for glamorous Hollywood movie stars and the ritz of Beverly Hills, but some of the finest beaches in the world! Just minutes from Elan Hotel are stretches of seaside sand for every taste, whether you crave arts and culture, colorful people-watching, lively bars and delicious restaurants, or peace and quiet. Here are a few of the best beaches in LA:
Santa Monica State Beach (10.3 miles)
Santa Monica, CA 90403
This 3-mile long beach features 245 acres of Pacific sands stretched along the freshly restored Santa Monica Bay, with winding paths, incredible views, and iconic food stands. Annenberg Community Beach House is host to regular events, as performances, dance, music and readings dot the waterfront landscape. There’s even a marine education center beneath the 94-year-old carousel on world-famous Santa Monica Pier.
Manhattan Beach (14.9 miles)
From the iconic pier with an aquarium and breathtaking sunsets, to delicious beachfront restaurants and unique boutiques, Manhattan Beach is an ocean-lover’s paradise. The bike paths are amazing, as are the volleyball courts, gold sands, and scenic boardwalk. One note for the uninitiated: bodyboarding is kept to the north, surfing to the south.
Venice Beach (9.5 miles)
1800 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA 90291
One of the most popular beaches in the LA area, Venice promises an unforgettable time, no matter what you look for in a beach. The promenade, also known as “Ocean Front Walk,” is the perfect way to see it all, from surfers in the Breakwater, to weight lifters, skaters, volleyball, handball, paddle tennis, and world-renowned basketball courts.
Hermosa Beach (16.7 miles)
Favored by locals, Hermosa is a quiet, clean alternative to other local beaches, connected to the rest by The Strand, a paved seaside path you can actually jog from beach to beach on.