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Los Angeles Beach Guide

A guide to the best Los Angeles beaches by type of activity.

Best Los Angeles Beaches
Our guide will take you to the best Los Angeles beach for surfing, volleyball, people-watching, bonfires and more.

Beaches of Los Angeles Map
This Los Angeles beach map shows the locations of the best beaches from Malibu to Long Beach.

Beach Camping in Southern California
You'll find a few places in LA and Southern California where you can camp. right. on. the. beach.

Los Angeles Beach Hotels
A guide to the best hotels on the beach in Los Angeles

Abalone Cove Beach
Located on the south end of the Palos Verdes peninsula, Abalone Cove is good for tide pooling and has excellent views of Catalina Island.

Dockweiler Beach
Located just west of the LAX runway, Dockweiler is the only Los Angeles beach with an RV park, and the only one where you can have a bonfire.

Leo Carrillo State Beach
Not too crowded, clean and great for tide pooling.

Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Malibu Lagoon has lots to see and do - surfing, wetlands to explore, a historic house to visit and at low tide, you can can walk past oceanfront mansions.

Paradise Cove Beach - Malibu
Paradise Cove is a privately-owned beach with a restaurant and pier, a fun vibe and great views.

Point Dume State Beach
Lucky visitors have sighted porpoises and sea lions at Point Dume - and it's good for whale-watching in the winter.

Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica has an amusement park on the pier and shopping nearby.

Will Rogers State Beach
A long, narrow beach, closer to LA than Malibu, but not as crowded as Santa Monica. It's a good place for ocean swimming.

Venice Beach
The best Los Angeles beach for people-watching.

Zuma Beach
This northern Los Angeles County beach is rated best for surfing and clean water.

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