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Beach Cities of Southern Los Angeles County

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A February 2005 trip to Los Angeles by VickiFunes

Dockweiler State Beach Photo, Los Angeles, California More Photos
Quote: Whether you're looking for stunning ocean scenery, a chance to participate in beachside sports (e.g. fishing, volleyball, swimming, jogging), or just want to sit at a waterfront café and relax, the south metro beach cities of Hermosa, Manhattan, Redondo, Palos Verdes, and San Pedro have something for you!

Dockweiler State Beach

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Attraction | "Dockweiler State Beach/Playa del Rey"

Dockweiler State Beach Photo, Los Angeles, California
Quote:
If you want a beach away from the crowds--even in the summertime--you should consider Dockweiler State Beach and/or the beaches of the adjacent tiny village of Playa del Rey. Dockweiler Beach is at the end of the Los Angeles International Airport runways, and there are plane take-offs every few minutes overhead. Okay--so that's the downside. But, the up side is that many people leave this beach alone. I say, WHY? The chance of a plane crashing onto you is much less than the chance of your getting into an accident in your car on the way to the beach! This fine beach has clean, white sand---and it's nice and wide, so it never fills up, even on the busiest summer afternoons. There's plenty of free...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2005

Dockweiler State Beach
Vista Del Mar Blvd From El Segundo North To Del Rey Lagoon
Playa Del Rey 90293
(310) 322 7036

Hermosa City Beach

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Attraction | "Hermosa Beach and Pier"

Hermosa City Beach Photo, Los Angeles, California
Quote:
Hermosa Beach has a problem with not enough parking on busy summer days. Other than that, it's a handy beach with shopping and restaurants adjacent to the central pier area. The town's business district parallels the beach, as well--so even if you're not near the pier, you have access to a various stores and dining opportunities. A wide, concrete path for biking, jogging, skating and strolling extends the entire length of Hermosa Beach. This path gets a bit crowded at times--and not just with tourists on the weekends, either. The local residents love their recreation path, and it's especially busy in the mornings before work, and in the evenings when the people get home. Hermosa Beach has a funn...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Hermosa City Beach
Along Pier Ave at Hermosa Ave
Los Angeles, California 90254
(310) 832-1179

Manhattan Beach

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Attraction | "Manhattan Beach and Pier"

Manhattan Beach Photo, Manhattan Beach, California
Quote:
Three beach cities--Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach--blend from one to the other without any noticeable break. If you did't see a sign, you wouldn't know when you leave one city and enter the other. And yet, the three beach cities are different from one another too. The main street which runs by the beach in Hermosa is flat--even with the beach and ocean. In Manhattan Beach, the roadway rises onto a bluff. Eventually, you must look down long, steep streets to see the ocean. To me, the geography seems reminiscent of San Francisco. The steep streets don't make getting around in Manhattan Beach an easy thing to do. Actually, I don't spend time in Manhattan Beach--other than to dr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Manhattan Beach
Along The Strand Near Manhattan Beach Pier
Los Angeles, California
310/802-5000

Redondo Beach Pier

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Attraction | "Redondo Beach and Pier"

Redondo Beach Pier Photo, Los Angeles, California
Quote:
Redondo Beach has an interesting and unusual pier. It's unusual because rather than being straight, it forms a complete loop, so you can walk its entire length without ever having to see the same sight twice. It's interesting because it has a variety of attractions to appeal to people's differing interests. A large parking lot is adjacent to the pier, which makes it easy to enjoy the attractions. As you step onto the pier, you first pass a row of businesses: restaurants, fish market, and tourist-oriented shops, such as a colorful kite store. You could easily spend hours in this area alone. If you walk on past the shopping end, the "fishing" section of the pier begins. Folks stand by the rail...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Redondo Beach Pier
112 Fisherman's Wharf
Redondo Beach, California 90277
No phone available

Palos Verdes / San Pedro Beaches

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Attraction | "Palos Verdes and San Pedro"

Palos Verdes / San Pedro Beaches Photo, Los Angeles, California
Quote:
The Palos Verdes Peninsula is in an out-of-the way and still PARTLY undeveloped section of southern LA County. The spectacular ocean views from its miles-long cliffside drive are worth the effort to find and explore. Plus, since much of the scenery is still native plantlife, you'll get a rare (for Los Angeles!) "country-in-the-city" feeling! The drive runs from Redondo Beach on the north, to San Pedro on the south. There aren't many services or attractions along the way, but the view is really all you need. For the tourist, San Pedro's Ports o' Call Village is the major attraction, along with its neighbor, the cruise ship docks. From here, you can catch a 3- to 7-day cruise s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Palos Verdes / San Pedro Beaches
Palos Verdes / San Pedro
Los Angeles, California