Los Angeles Coast

California, United States

  • Los Angeles Coast View 1

    Cool coastline a world away from the big city

  • Los Angeles Coast View 2

    Cool coastline a world away from the big city

  • Los Angeles Coast View 3

    Cool coastline a world away from the big city

How to enjoy Los Angeles Coast

It’s impossible to escape from the glamor of LA, even the city’s beaches seem to be populated with beautiful people. Maybe because the sea air adds a touch of oxygen, but LA’s Pacific Seaboard offers a refreshing break from downtown

  • Rent a convertible and head out to Route 1 for a spectacular, hair-blown trip along the Pacific Palisades
  • Take some surf lessons at one of Malibu’s perfect white sand beaches, the lifeguards alone are worth it
  • Enjoy the carnival of humanity that is Venice Beach, from street performers to boardwalk skaters, it is everything you imagine and more

If you can bear to tear yourself away from Malibu, with its picture perfect beaches, homes and healthful restaurants, take a trip up Topanga Canyon. The drive itself is beautiful with a winding road and picturesque cliffs, but a treat lies in store at the end with the Topanga Overlook. Hike to the lookout point for panoramic ocean views with the streets and LA stretching out into the distance below.

The beach life from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach feels a world away from Malibu – with more emphasis on fun and less on elegance. And perhaps that is the best thing about the LA coast; there is something for everyone. Whether it is working out at the original Muscle Beach (you have to see it to believe it), catching the surf of El Porto (not pretty, but great breaks), riding more waves at Surfrider (there’s a clue in the name), or just chilling with the kids at Zuma or Point Dume.

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    When to visit Los Angeles Coast

    Visit in early September to see the Malibu Surfing Association’s MSA Classic Invitational club-level surfing contest. Taking place at the world-famous First Point at Surfrider Beach in Malibu, the MSA has been hosting a Classic Invitational for more than 50 years.

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