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Old 07-23-2010, 11:52 AM
 
Location: San Bernardino County (previously L.A.)
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What is/are the BEST beach(es) to go to in southern CA? I may be going this coming week. Now I'm not the type to just lay out on the sand for 1/2 the day. Aren't there certain beaches that are lined w/ little shops, etc.? I want to try to avoid the crowds & go on a Wed or Thurs.

On a separate question, which beach is not too far a drive from the California Science Center in L.A.?

Thanks for all your info!
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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What is/are the BEST beach(es) to go to in southern CA? I may be going this coming week. Now I'm not the type to just lay out on the sand for 1/2 the day. Aren't there certain beaches that are lined w/ little shops, etc.? I want to try to avoid the crowds & go on a Wed or Thurs.
La Jolla comes to mind.
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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The closest beach to the Science Museum that has shops would be Venice. It also has almost every kind of athletic activity possible. Besides swimming\ body surfing you can play basketball, racquetball, handball, volleyball, workout in an outdoor gym. Plus there's gymnastic apparatus, skateboard park, bike rentals. You name it you can do it. The shops are mainly little curios, art and funky outdoor places. Mostly fast food restaurants.

Laguna Beach has similar offerings but is probably 45 miles from downtown LA.
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Huntington Beach might work for you.
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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,,, Now I'm not the type to just lay out on the sand for 1/2 the day. Aren't there certain beaches that are lined w/ little shops, etc.? I want to try to avoid the crowds & go on a Wed or Thurs.,,,,,
If you want to avoid the crowds you will need to wait till October.
Seal Beach has the shops and small town feel to it. Plenty of great places to eat. Not so bad on crowds in the summer.
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:20 AM
 
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Newport / Balboa ... right near Laguna
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Check out Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beach. They are the nicest beaches located in LA County in an area known as the South Bay.

Derek
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:30 PM
 
Location: LB/OC for now...
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Seal Beach has a great downtown, Huntington Beach has a happening downtown if you're young, and Newport Peninsula is a mix but a lot harder to find parking at. Seal is easily my favorite to spend a lazy weekend/weeknight at, but Bolsa Chica is the best actual beach in Orange County
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Old 07-25-2010, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Seal Beach has a great downtown, Huntington Beach has a happening downtown if you're young, and Newport Peninsula is a mix but a lot harder to find parking at. Seal is easily my favorite to spend a lazy weekend/weeknight at, but Bolsa Chica is the best actual beach in Orange County
But Seal Beach has been having an epidemic of sting ray attacks [something like 100 people have been stung in the past month ].
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:03 AM
 
Location: LB/OC for now...
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But Seal Beach has been having an epidemic of sting ray attacks [something like 100 people have been stung in the past month ].
Seal Beach isn't the only beach with this problem. They've been saying on the news for the past few weeks that you have to be careful anywhere you go in OC, and to do the "stingray shuffle" as you maneuver through the water.
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