Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Manhattan Beach are just three of the many beautiful beaches in Los Angeles that captivate locals and foreigners. What are the others? Let’s find out about it in this article on the TOP 15 best Los Angeles sandbanks.

1. El Matador State Beach

If you have wondered what to do in Los Angeles in summer, going to El Matador State Beach, the most popular in the Robert H. Meyer Arenales area, is the answer.

Its enormous rocks embellish the postcard and its secret sea caves are a stimulus for explorers.

The parking lot for the beach is on a cliff and has picnic tables where you can admire the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

The attraction of this beach is completed by the nearby kelp forest and the possibility of spotting migrating whales during the migration season.

Best Hotels Near El Matador State Beach

Westlake Village Inn is a lovely 4 star hotel at 1943 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, 23 km north of the beach.

It is an emblematic boutique hotel with more than 50 years of history. Its rooms with fireplace have WiFi, cable TV, refrigerator and gourmet coffee maker.

Part of its services are a Mediterranean-style outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, Mediterranean restaurant and bicycle loans. In the lobby there is coffee, water and lemonade service courtesy of the hotel.

 Restaurants Near El Matador State Beach

The Sunset Restaurant is at 6800 Westward Beach Road, Malibu, with seafood and American fare. It is a small beach place with spectacular sunsets attended by bilingual Mexicans.

Among its dishes are risotto, fish tacos, clams and tuna tartare. Some desserts are lemon and raspberry tarts.

2. Westward Beach

Zuma Beach Country Park, west of Point Dume, has a nearly 5 km long beach line close to the Pacific Coast Highway, making it easily accessible.

It is known for its wide sandy beach with lifeguard services, volleyball courts, swings, surf lessons, and a large parking lot. It also has bathrooms, showers, restaurant and snack bar.

Westward Beach is a good place to spot sea lions, seals, dolphins, and whales.

Best Hotels Near Westward Beach

Hyatt Regency Westlake is at 880 South Westlake Boulevard, Westlake Village. A 3-star Mediterranean-style hotel with an outdoor pool and hot tub, 6 minutes’ drive from Los Robles Greens Golf Club.

The rooms have a balcony, private bathroom, air conditioning, flat screen TV and coffee maker.

The Bella Terraza restaurant has a cozy dining patio and serves a daily buffet breakfast.

 Best Restaurants Near Westward Beach

At 23750 Pacific Coast Highway (Malibu) there is Ollo, an American restaurant with some Mexican dishes. It offers chilaquiles, ceviche, eggs benedict, wild salmon, filet kabobs and savory garlic mashed potatoes. It also serves pizzas (with normal flour and without gluten) and pastas.

The attention is careful and the prices are reasonable.

3. Malibú Lagoon State Beach

Malibu Lagoon State Beach is among the top 5 beaches in California for its good surfing waves, nearby wetland, picnic area, and Malibu Pier. It is located at the confluence of Malibu Creek with the ocean.

The wetland is crossed by various dirt trails traveled by hikers, bird watchers and ornithologists, who study the more than 200 bird species in the area.

Those interested in flora and fauna can take guided tours that include the history of the Chumash, a tribe that lived in the area centuries ago.

Another nearby attraction is the Adamson House built in 1929, home to the Malibu Lagoon Museum.

Best Hotels Near Malibu Lagoon State Beach

Hampton Inn & Suites Agoura Hills is a 3-star establishment at 0255 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 16 km from Malibu Lagoon State Beach.

Its rooms have air conditioning, private bathroom, flat screen TV, fridge, coffee maker, microwave and WiFi.

The hotel has an outdoor pool, gym, hot tub and a daily breakfast buffet service.

The Suite Shop offers snacks and drinks 24 hours a day. Westlake Golf Course is 6 minutes’ drive away.

 Restaurants Near Malibu Lagoon State Beach

Just half a mile from Malibu Lagoon State Beach on the Pacific Coast Highway is Malibu Farm Pier Café, a place to enjoy a burger and a cold drink.

The environment is cozy decorated, illuminated and musicalized, with beautiful views of the sea and the sunset. It offers a variety of breakfasts, brunches and late lunches.

4. Manhattan Beach

Pleasant beach on the outskirts of the city of Los Angeles with 3.2 km long for walking, jogging, swimming, surfing and playing volleyball.

Bordering the coast there are separate routes for pedestrians and cyclists. Its pier, the oldest State Historic Landmark on the Pacific coast of the United States, is a popular place to watch sunsets and fish.

At the end of the pier is the Roundhouse Marine Studies Laboratory and Aquarium, a free facility with more than 100 southern California marine animals, including specimens from Santa Monica Bay, whose collection includes octopus, sharks, moray eels, lobsters, starfish and sea cucumbers, snails and hedgehogs.

Best Hotels Near Manhattan Beach

Wave Hotel Manhattan Beach is a 3-star accommodation at 900 North Sepúlveda Boulevard, with an outdoor pool and sauna, 1.6 km from the Manhattan Beach Pier.

The rooms have air conditioning, private bathroom, flat-screen TV with cable and pay channels, seating area, fridge, hairdryer, electric kettle, ironing kit and free WiFi.

 Best Restaurants Near Manhattan Beach

At 120 Manhattan Beach Boulevard is Rock’N Fish, a seafood restaurant and American restaurant.

The combination of food, service, atmosphere and price is convenient. The starter of popcorn shrimp and crab bread is very tasty and the main dishes based on fish and shellfish are very well thought out. There are wines for all budgets.

5. El Pescador State Beach

It is another of the beaches in Los Angeles in the Robert H. Meyer beach area, being the westernmost in the area. The parking lot and the beach are right off the Pacific Coast Highway.

Its sandy area is quieter than those around it, so you can settle in a pleasant corner. At the bottom of the cliff is a grotto surrounded by rocks and tidal pools with rich marine life.

Bird watchers may spot California brown pelicans, wagtails, gulls, and double-crested cormorants.

At El Pescador state beach there are no places to sell food, so you will have to bring lunch and a snack.

Best Hotels Near El Pescador State Beach

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is a luxurious 4-star resort with an outdoor pool, full-service spa, 2 restaurants, and ocean views. It’s at 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village.

Its elegant suites are equipped with sophisticated furniture, flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi.

Among its services it has an indoor pool and the Mercato Italiano and ONYX restaurants, the latter a Japanese place with sushi made from fresh local ingredients.

 Restaurants Near El Pescador State Beach

At 29575 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, is Spruzzo’s, a pizzeria, bar and Italian restaurant with a good atmosphere.

From the terrace there are beautiful views of the ocean and the pastas are served in generous portions. The food is varied and the prices are reasonable.

6. Venice Beach

Venice (Los Angeles) is a district of the Los Angeles city famous for its bohemian atmosphere and countercultural atmosphere.

Venice Beach is one of the most popular in Los Angeles, both for residents of the Californian city and for tourists.

Venice Beach is perfect for year-round sunbathing and is lined with a colorful and vibrant 4km promenade lined with bars, restaurants and shops.

You can rent a bike and ride around Santa Monica, less than 4 miles northwest. There is also a skating rink, a pier and an extensive system of canals, testimony to the early 20th century when Venice claimed to be the Venice of America.

Best Hotels Near Venice Beach

At 8 Dudley Avenue, in front of Venice Beach, is the Cadillac Hotel , a 2-star accommodation that operates in an Art Deco-style building built in 1914.

The hotel features a rooftop patio that offers spectacular views of Santa Monica Bay and is surrounded by restaurants, bars, and shops.

Among its services are bicycle rentals to travel the long promenade of Venice Beach and go to the entertaining area of ​​the Santa Monica pier, a 6-minute pedal ride away.

The rooms have a private bathroom, flat screen TV and hairdryer.

 Restaurants Near Venice Beach

Tocaya Orgánica is at 1715, Avenida del Pacífico, Venice, a restaurant specializing in snacks and Mexican and Latin food. A perfect place to eat tacos, burritos, fajitas and various salads.

The food is prepared with healthy products, whose prices are affordable compared to other restaurants.

7. Leo Carrillo State Beach

This beach was named in honor of Leo Carrillo (1880-1961), a member of an old Hispanic family who was a civil servant, vaudeville artist, conservationist and journalistic cartoonist.

His work at the California Beach and Parks Commission allowed him to acquire real estate and other spaces from the state that are now part of the public heritage.

Leo Carrillo State Beach is very easily accessible due to its location near the Pacific Coast Highway and the Mulholland Highway. It has tidal pools, caves and reefs. It is called the “cinema beach” for its popularity among people in the film industry.

In this sandy area you can sunbathe, swim, fish and practice surfing and windsurfing. The high tide forms tidal pools that are exposed at low tide with their population of marine creatures such as crabs, anemones and mussels.

Best Hotels Near Leo Carrillo State Beach

Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club is a 5-star hotel on Whip Canyon Road, Malibu, 7 miles from Leo Carrillo State Beach. It is on an 80-hectare ranch with rooms with balcony or patio and all the comforts of establishments of its category.

It is made up of cabins, bungalows and rooms. For dining and drinking there is the Malibu Café, Leo’s Lobby Bar, Pizza/Bar Lounge and the Pool Studio. It has billiards and ping pong tables and offers rental bicycles.

 Restaurants Near Leo Carrillo State Beach

Neptune’s Net is an American entrée, snack and seafood restaurant, at 42505 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. It serves fried calamari, fresh lobster, prawns, fried fish and other seafood, all accompanied with onion rings.

8. Will Rogers State Beach

Will Rogers State Beach is between the Pacific Coast Highway and the Santa Monica Bay.

Among its services are lifeguards, areas for diving, fishing and surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. It has ample parking, nets to play beach volleyball, restrooms, and restaurants.

It is named after Will Rogers (1879-1935), a cowboy, vaudeville artist, comedian, commentator, and actor, one of the stars of silent film during the birth of the film industry in Los Angeles.

Best Hotels Near Will Rogers State Beach

At 1920 Santa Mónica Bulevar, 5.3 km from Will Rogers State Beach, is the Gateway Hotel Santa Mónica , a 3-star establishment with rooms with air conditioning, private bathroom, flat-screen TV, compact refrigerator, hairdryer, and Wifi.

The hotel is surrounded by restaurants, bars and shops. Their gym is open 24 hours.

 Restaurants Near Will Rogers State Beach

Domingo’s Italian Deli is an Italian restaurant at 17548 Ventura Blvd. Their pastas, lasagna, sandwiches, salads, and pizzas are authentically Italian.

The sandwiches are terrific and the food is old fashioned with great service, including the artisan sauces that can be purchased to go.

9. Santa Monica State Beach

Santa Monica Beach is one of the most picturesque and emblematic of Los Angeles, both for its spectacular views and for its magnificent facilities.

Its pier is perhaps the most famous in California, one that marks the end point of the legendary American Route 66 and which has the equally famous Pacific Park, a park installed in 1916.

The beach is 3 miles long and is perfect for walking, running, surfing, swimming, and playing beach volleyball.

Best Hotels Near Santa Monica State Beach

Ocean Park Hotel is an affordable 2-star accommodation at 2680 32nd Street, Santa Monica. It is less than 5 km from the pier with rooms with private and shared bathrooms, equipped with extra-large double beds, fan, flat screen TV, fridge, microwave and WiFi.

The hotel has a launderette and free parking. Nearby attractions include the Penmar Golf Course (2 miles), the Santa Monica Museum of Art (2 miles), and the Venice Beach neighborhood (4 miles).

 Restaurants Near Santa Monica State Beach

Inside a fish market at 1000 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, is Santa Monica Seafood, a large place to eat seafood at good prices.

The black pasta with squid ink, the fried squid, the grilled prawns and the fish tempura are exquisite.

10. Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

A gem on the rugged Palos Verdes coastline known for its network of well-maintained trails, endless tide pools, and spectacular views.

Near the beach there are places for a picnic and on a walk to Punto Portugués you can admire the beauty of the landscape. A portion of the Abalone Cove Trail intersects with the popular California Coastal Trail.

When the tide goes out, the ocean leaves natural pools where you can swim with small octopuses, hermit crabs, anemones, sea hares and shell species.

Best Hotels Near Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

Terranea – LA’s Oceanfront Resort is a 5-star beachfront hotel at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes. It is on a 100 acre private estate on the Palos Verdes peninsula with magnificent panoramic views of the Pacific and Santa Catalina Island.

It has impressive gardens, an outdoor fireplace in a beautiful natural setting, a spa, fitness center and luxurious and comfortable rooms.

Among the available entertainment are golf, diving, kayaking and watching marine fauna.

 Restaurants Near Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

Catalina Kitchen is a restaurant on Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, with an excellent selection of dishes and friendly service. It has a la carte food and a buffet.

The views of the coast are impressive and the beach invites a walk to wash off the food. The breakfast is delicious, especially the corn on the cob with eggs. The Sunday brunch is very complete, with sushi, crab legs and other delicacies.

11. Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach is one of the beach cities in Los Angeles County recognized as the birthplace of surfing in the United States and for its horseshoe-shaped pier that distinguishes it from other Californian towns with docks.

Redondo Beach is located 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles and is an exclusive place of residence for movie and sports luminaries. From the sandbank, marine fauna sighting tours are made with kayaks, paddle boards and pedal boats for rent.

The beach is dotted with numerous beach volleyball courts, some of the best maintained on the US West Coast.

In front of the sandbank passes the Strand or Marvin Braude bike path, which continues towards the state beaches of Santa Monica and Will Rogers.

Best Hotels Near Redondo Beach

Hilton Garden  Inn Los Angeles / Redondo Beach is a 3-star hotel at 2410 Marine Avenue, Redondo Beach, with an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center and coin-operated laundry facilities.Rooms have air conditioning, private bathroom, flat screen tv with cable channels, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator and hair dryer.

The Garden Grille & Bar restaurant serves American cuisine.

 Restaurants Near Redondo Beach

The Slip Bar & Eatery is a restaurant with tasty beers on tap, burgers, chicken sandwich and pizza.

Mondays are karaoke and they have other activities throughout the week. The price / quality ratio is very convenient and there are good happy hour deals.

12. Hermosa Beach

It forms with Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach the trilogy of beach cities in the South Bay of Los Angeles County.

Hermosa Beach is popular for its adventures, water excursions, and volleyball. It is between Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, 3.4 km south of the former and 2.4 km north of the latter.

The Strand runs right in front of the beach, making the beach a major attraction for cyclists, runners, and joggers. Nearby is the famous jazz club, The Lighthouse Café.

Among its services are bathrooms, showers, sports equipment rental shops, sports instructors, lifeguards, restaurants, wheelchair facilities and other facilities for the comfort of visitors.

Best Hotels Near Hermosa Beach

The Hotel Hermosa is a 3-star accommodation at 2515, Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, 1.3 km from the beach, with spacious rooms with private balcony, air conditioning, bathroom, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, refrigerator, coffee maker, safe, ironing kit and hairdryer.

The hotel has a year-round heated pool, hot tub, and WiFi throughout the property.

 Restaurants Near Hermosa Beach

Radici is an Italian cuisine restaurant with vegan options at 934 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach. It specializes in northern Italian gastronomy and has cozy spaces such as its bar and patio.

The sauces are handmade, with a menu that includes spaghetti pomodoro, spaghetti manicotti, cannelloni and fresh salads.

13. Topanga State Beach

A beach with good waves for surfing, bathers, divers, swimmers, and kayakers and catamaran sailors.

You can bring your own food to enjoy a picnic or enjoy a meal on the beach at the Malibu Chart House restaurant.

Topanga State Beach is between Will Rogers Beach on the east and Las Tunas on the west. It opens early in the morning and closes at sunset when the lifeguards leave.

Near the sandbank is Topanga State Park, which is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. A place crossed by several trails for hikers, cyclists and those who like to ride horses.

Best Hotels Near Topanga State Beach

Topanga Canyon Inn Bed and Breakfast is at 20310 Callon Drive, a 3-star hotel in the heart of Topanga Canyon surrounded by more than 60 km of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails.

Its rooms have air conditioning, private bathroom and hairdryer. The hot American breakfast is free as is your WiFi. The beaches are less than 14 km away.

 Restaurants Near Topanga State Beach

Reel Inn is a restaurant at 18661 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, serving seafood specialties like lobster tails and grilled sea bass and halibut.

The prices are reasonable and the service friendly. It has indoor and outdoor environments and parking is with valet (3 dollars).

14. Paradise Cove Beach

It is one of the beaches in Los Angeles best known for having been the location of famous movies such as American Pie 2 and Charlie’s Angels. It is also popular for the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe, owned by mystery writer Bob Morris.

The sand is clean with palm trees that provide shade and sandstone cliffs that constitute a decorative natural element. It has beds, sun loungers, umbrellas for rent and a terrace that can also be rented.

Best Hotels Near Paradise Cove Beach

14 km from Paradise Cove Beach, at 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, is the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel , 3-star accommodation with spacious rooms and suites equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TV, fridge, coffee maker and WiFi.

Located off Highway 101, less than a mile from Lake Lindero, with an outdoor pool, fitness center, gift shop, and Californian specialty restaurant, H2O Sea Grill.

 Restaurants Near Paradise Cove Beach

Paradise Cove Beach Café is an iconic beachfront venue with hearty plates of food. It is a perfect place to have a glass of wine or drink an ice cold beer snacking on seafood and ribs, facing the sea.

The prices are in the high range, but the size of the portions makes the food cheaper. The clams and tuna salad are very good.

15. Nicholas Canyon Beach

Los Angeles County beach less crowded than most Malibu sandbanks. It is nearly a mile in length perfect for surfing, windsurfing, bodysurfing, boogie boarding, diving, and swimming.

It has a parking lot for 150 vehicles, a picnic area with several tables, and a staircase that goes down to the beach. On the sand there is plenty of space for sunbathing, beach entertainment and bathing.

Near the beach, a native Chumash village was recreated with replicas of houses, work tools, canoes and other utensils of daily life of this Amerindian tribe that inhabited central and southern California.

Chumash Village is maintained by the Wishtoyo Foundation and guided tours are coordinated through the organization’s portal.

Best Hotels Near Nicholas Canyon Beach

Malibu Country Inn is located at 6506 Westward Beach Road, Malibu, 10 km from Nicholas Canyon Beach and 1.6 km from Zuma Beach. It is a 3-star hotel with a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi.

Its comfortable rooms with fireplaces and suites have ocean or mountain views and are furnished with classic furniture. They have a balcony, patio, air conditioning, private bathroom, flat-screen TV with cable channels, fridge, coffee maker and hairdryer.

 Restaurants Near Nicholas Canyon Beach

Brent’s Delicatessen & Restaurant is a restaurant at 2799 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village, with a menu of deli, American, and kosher food. It is a paradise for lovers of deli specialties with a varied menu of dishes in a cozy atmosphere.

What is the best beach in Los Angeles?

Several of the beaches included in the selection qualify to be designated the best in Los Angeles. Probably the most famous beach and one of the best is Zuma Beach, famous for being the location of popular TV series like Baywatch and movies like Improper Proposal and Planet of the Apes.

The parking lot and the beach are so big that it’s hard not to find a place. It is also preferred by surfers.

What are the most beautiful beaches in Los Angeles?

Beaches like Santa Monica State Beach and Manhattan Beach combine the charm of their waters and sands with the appeal of their picturesque piers, monuments of maritime architecture.

In others, such as El Matador State Beach, Paradise Cove Beach and El Pescador State Beach, the cliffs give the landscape a special attraction by being wonderful natural viewpoints.

Dunes and cliffs give Point Dume State Beach a striking desert horizon.

What beaches to see in Malibu?

Zuma Beach, Point Dume State Beach, El Matador State Beach, and Paradise Cove Beach are must-see beaches in Malibu for their natural beauty, the possibility of practicing various sports, and their level of services, including showers, food, drinks, and lifeguards.

Malibu beaches to see: Another beach worth seeing in Malibu is Surfrider Beach, which owes its name to the spectacular waves for surfing, which is why it is frequented by the best surfers on the West Coast of the United States and the world.

Where is Malibu Beach located?

Malibu has qualities that make it lead the ranking of the most desired places in Los Angeles County and the Californian coast, including its varied entertainment centers, natural parks, warm climate and its kilometer-long beaches.

The Pacific Coast Highway allows easy access to its beaches, including Paradise Cove Beach, Zuma Beach, El Matador State Beach, Surfrider Beach, and Point Dume State Beach.

Beaches in Los Angeles : Playa del Rey

Playa del Rey is a coastal and beach community within the city of Los Angeles. It is a wide sandy area with courts to play volleyball and a bike path. Across the street is a grassy park with basketball courts and a children’s play area. The best public parking lots are located near the park and at the north end of Pacific Avenue.

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