Beach Life: Southern California

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Beach life in Southern California is a sun seeker’s paradise. Ranging from upscale neighborhoods where A-listers own vacation homes to a young and vibrant crowd, there is something for everyone. A visit to the Los Angeles area is not complete until you visit at least one of these 5 beaches.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica has a lot going on: shops, restaurants, a wide sandy beach, a promenade and an amusement park. It also has a killer sunset, so plan to spend a whole day and stay until dark. On the weekends expect crowds. For more information on Santa Monica, click here.

Laguna Beach

An artistic seaside community, the vibe in Laguna is pure OC. The vibe here is mostly family. Have a drink or lunch at Laguna Hotel and watch life go by. For more information on Laguna, click here.

Newport Beach

An affluent area where houses on the harbor are owned by billionaires and celebrities, Newport is a family area with pretty streets, cute shops and fantastic whale watching. For more information, click here.


Marina Del Rey

A boating community just 15 mins from Los Angeles Airport, Marina Del Rey is for people who love water sports. At any time of the day, you can watch kayaks, boats, stand up paddle boards going up and down the canal.  It is also common to spot seals, pelicans and other marine animals. For more information on Marina, click here.


El Matador Beach Park

Nestled on the coastal cliffs of Malibu, the traffic to get to this beach is horrendous, but worth the scenery. Bring some food and drinks and spend the day combing the beach. It’s long enough that if you want a place away from the crowds, all you have to do is walk. If you enjoy people watching, sit somewhere by the entrance and watch as visitors come and go all day. Check out my previous post on Malibu here.

 What is your favorite beach in Southern California?


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