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Old 07-06-2011, 08:59 PM
 
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Hi all,

Well, it looks like I've settled on where to live - Burbank!

Now, I want to plan my first weekend as a SoCal resident!!

What are the two best beaches near the LA metro area? I want nice sand and water and somewhat touristy, but not overrun by tourists. Maybe one that's touristy and one that's more calm and peaceful. I'll be there the first weekend in August. After all this planning and moving, I feel deserving of a beach weeknd in CA.

Please help me plan!

Thanks!
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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You do not need to care about the tourists, concentrate on the bikinis.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:12 PM
 
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The easiest ones are Malibu, Santa Monica, and Venice. I think Malibu is the least crowded. Venice is kind of gross and a tourist spot. Santa Monica is pretty nice, but very crowded.

The most fun beach is Newport Beach in Orange County but 60 miles from LA. Ventura is pretty cool as well, but also real far.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:14 PM
 
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The easiest ones are Malibu, Santa Monica, and Venice. I think Malibu is the least crowded. Venice is kind of gross and a tourist spot. Santa Monica is pretty nice, but very crowded.

The most fun beach is Newport Beach in Orange County but 60 miles from LA. Ventura is pretty cool as well, but also real far.
It's no problem about the distance. I'm willing to drive. I'm free for a couple weeks before I start my new job. So, no problem!

I want to go to the best couple beaches, regardless of location.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:15 PM
 
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The easiest ones are Malibu, Santa Monica, and Venice. I think Malibu is the least crowded. Venice is kind of gross and a tourist spot. Santa Monica is pretty nice, but very crowded.

The most fun beach is Newport Beach in Orange County but 60 miles from LA. Ventura is pretty cool as well, but also real far.

What's great and "fun" about Newport Beach? What's it like?
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:37 PM
 
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I think it's one of the cleaner ones. Pretty decent crowd, mix of young professionals, families, and wealthy OC professionals. Really good restaurants and tons of bars/clubs just off the beach.

If you are looking to just lay in the sand, Santa Monica and Malibu are pretty good though as well. I am not a fan of Venice. It's very crowded and kind of dirty.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Best beaches in LA:

South Bay: Manhattan, Hermosa, Torrance

Torrance Beach (the Avenues):








Hermosa Beach:





Manhattan Beach:





These are must visit beaches if you live in LA. They are nicer than Newport or Huntington Beaches and much closer to you. They range from a lot of restaurants, shops, etc... to quieter, off the beaten path (Torrance Beach). Plus there is a great bike path which connects them all. So if you like to ride, cruise, skate, rollerblade, jog, etc... this is an excellent area for these and many other activities.

Zuma is alright, but without the restaurants, shops, live music, strand and proximity to other cool things like the South Bay beaches.

I've never liked Venice or Santa Monica Beaches = tourist city US. Malibu is not much better = over rated IMO. The traffic to get there down narrow, slow, crowded hwy 1 is not really worth it when there are many other (better) options.

Also if you want to visit another beautiful coastal area off the beaten path check out Palos Verdes and the lighthouse - Point Vicente. There is a great whale watching area there as well:




My 2c,

Derek

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Old 07-06-2011, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I agree with MtnSurfer that any of the South Bay beach cities (Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan) are a good mix of nice beach, people watching, and nearby walkable amenties.

However, for me in terms of pure natural beauty and nice sand & water I think Zuma Beach/Pt. Dume is as nice as it gets in LA County.

Zuma/Pt. Dume
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:52 AM
 
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Considering how screwed up the 10 and 405 are, it's gonna take an hour to get to Venice or Santa Monica from Burbank. It will take about the same to get to Seal Beach and Huntington Beach.

Just a little further to Newport, and then a little more than that to Laguna. Fwiw, the nicest beach in So Cal is probably La Jolla, which is close to San Diego.

Anyway, stay away from Venice, SM, and Malibu. Go to the OC beaches or the South Bay beaches. Use a GPS with traffic function. Stay off the 405 in the westside, the 10 west of downtown, and the 5 between the 10 and the 605.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:37 PM
 
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful pictures. Thanks so much for sharing them!

I'm so excited about checking out these places!
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