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10 Beaches to explore in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County

Most populous county in the United States, with more than 10 million inhabitants as of 2018. It is the third-largest metropolitan economy in the world with a Nominal GDP of over $700 billion.

Dockweiler Beach
Dockweiler Beach12000 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, USA

Dockweiler State Beach is a beach in Los Angeles, California. It features a three mile long shoreline with a picnic area and concession stand. The park boasts the Dockweiler Hang Gliding Center and the Hang Gliding Flight Training Concession. The Dockweiler State Beach bicycle path is maintained by the Los Angeles Department of TransportationAlthough this is a State Beach, there are no camping sites that are reserved through ReserveCalifornia. The park is operated by a local agency.

Leo Carrillo State Beach
Leo Carrillo State BeachLeo Carrillo State Beach, California 90265, USA

Leo Carrillo State Beach is one of Los Angeles' most scenic beaches, with miles of sand, sea caves, and interesting rock formations.The 2,513-acre park was established in 1953. It is named for actor and conservationist Leo Carrillo, who served on the State Parks commission.

Leo Carrillo State Park
Leo Carrillo State Park35000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA

Leo Carrillo State Park is a state park in Los Angeles County. It has 1.5 miles of beach for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, surf fishing and beachcombing. The beach also has tidepools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring. Giant sycamores shade the main campgrounds. The park also features back-country hiking. The 2,513-acre park was established in 1953.

Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Malibu Lagoon State BeachMalibu Lagoon State Beach, California 90265, USA

A beautiful protected beach in California and is a part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area. The Malibu Lagoon is an estuary at the mouth of the Malibu Creek at the Pacific Ocean and is a stop for many migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway. It has three primary surfing areas where both amateurs and professionals come to surf. The shoreline is usually triple-cornered due to the buildup of silt, sand, and cobble at the mouth of the creek.

Point Dume
Point DumePoint Dume, Malibu, CA 90265, USA

Point Dume is a promontory on the coast of Malibu, California that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. It features headlands, cliffs, rocky coves and vast beach access. Point Dume is a perfect place to watch for California gray whales during the December to mid April migration period. It is home to a handful of very moderate single pitch rock climbing routes that are usually climbed on top rope from established fixed anchors.

Praia El Matador
Praia El Matador32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA

A beautiful beach , which is a great place to watch the sunset over the ocean. It is the most popular of the three and the closest to Malibu.Beautiful sea stacks are on the beach and in the surf. This is a popular spot for pro photographers to shoot swimsuit models and stunning sunsets. You can also explore the caves and arches in the rocks. The largest cave faces the ocean at the bottom of a huge flat rock that is connected to the base of the bluff.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Largest urban national park in the United States and the world. It preserves one of the best examples of a Mediterranean climate ecosystem in the world. It also protects one of the highest densities of archaeological resources in any mountain range in the world.

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA

Large double-jointed pier containing a small amusement park, concession stands, and areas for views and fishing.

Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica State BeachSanta Monica State Beach, California, USA

A wonderful beach located just west of Downtown Los Angeles. The beach is two miles long, has a picnic area, shops and pier. Visitor activities include volleyball, basketball and a running strip along the beach.

Zuma Beach
Zuma BeachZuma Beach, Malibu, CA 90265, USA

Zuma Beach is a Los Angeles county park facility in Malibu. It's a long wide beach with enough parking spaces for the Superbowl. it is known for its long, wide sands and excellent surf. It consistently ranks among the healthiest beaches for clean water conditions. It hosts several premier surfing events each year.

Map of Beaches to explore in Los Angeles County