Quality Inn & Suites
901 Aviation Blvd.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Phone: (310) 374-2666
Fax: (310) 379-3797
This is generally considered one of the top beaches in the Los Angeles area. Hermosa is quite similar to its neighbor Manhattan Beach, though it has the added bonus of pedestrian-only public spaces teeming with shops, restaurants and people. One of the world's beach sports Meccas, this is the site of both beach volleyball's Hermosa Beach Open at the end of August and surfing's International Surf Festival, also in August. Just be advised that summer crowds can be frighteningly large. Call the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors for details.
The Seaside Lagoon is a saltwater lagoon whose water comes from the ocean and is later chlorinated then dechlorinated to ensure clean the lagoon only uses clean saltwater. Besides swimming, you can play volleyball, enjoy a treat at one of the snack bars, build a sandcastle, or simply lounge around in the grassy area. Trained lifeguards are always on standby so the area is deemed safe at any given time.
If the marine flora and fauna in the oceans, tidelands and beaches of Southern California has caught your fascination, it's time to make a trip to the Roundhouse Aquarium. There's a lot to marvel at, from the Mattel Deep Ocean Habitat Tank which harbors White Plume Anemones, Rainbow Stars to the Living Reef Tank. Let your kids gaze in wonder at the Shark Tank and be amused by the eight-legged octopus. The Specimen Tank holds shark eggs, hermit crabs and tongue fish. Now before you bite your tongue, you should know that admission to this place is free, but you are always welcome to donate and make your contributions.
Manhattan Beach is one of the best beaches around due to its proximity to shops and restaurants. The constant entertainment here on weekends comes in many forms, most notably as volleyball and surfing tournaments. This stretch of sand can claim to be both the inspiration and hangout of the Beach Boys in their early days, as well as the birthplace of beach volleyball. The oldest beach volleyball tournament in the world, the Manhattan Beach Open, is held here annually in late July. Limited free parking, metered parking and parking lots are available.
Rodendo Beach Pier, recently renovated after a disastrous fire, is one of the most beloved and popular spots in Los Angeles. Hundreds of people come here daily to stroll the 70,000-square-foot landmark located in King Harbor. There are a few small shops and some great fast-food restaurants serving burgers, fish and chips, and more. It is a refreshing spot to watch a sunset before catching dinner in one of the nearby restaurants.
Brew Co. may be small, but it has an unmatched beer collection featuring some of the best names in the brewing business. Patrons can choose from an array of ales, lagers and stouts like the Czech Pilsner Urquell, Belgian Hoegaarden and Irish Guinness. Also on offer are inventive cocktails to complement the handcrafted selection of delicious pub grub. The lovely bar is your friendly neighborhood hub and is only a few feet away from the Manhattan beachfront. Mingle with locals while you catch the live game at this casual and relaxed spot.
Located more than 20 miles away from Los Angeles, the city of Manhattan Beach enjoys sweeping views of the sea. The Manhattan Beach pier is one of the main venues for the happening International Surf Festival. It is also held at Redondo, Torrance and Hermosa beaches.
The Live Oak Park spans nine acres in Manhattan Beach and is one of the most popular outdoor spots in the South Bay. During the off-season, local basketball heroes from the Lakers take advantage of the great basketball courts in this park. There are also tennis courts and baseball fields. The playground is big and has a train that makes the kids squeal with delight. Throughout the park there are large, shady trees and plenty of spots for romantic picnics or family outings.
American nationals can gather all the information possible on Germany in this Manhattan Beach office. A branch of the German National Tourist Board, this center promotes the country as a potential tourist destination. Planning a vacation this summer? Visit this official information hub and collect brochures and booklets that will give you a brief low-down on prime attractions in one of Europe's most beautiful offerings. And if you have already made up your mind, simply ask the lady at the reception to book the best tour for you. Schöne Reise!
The largest of the southern beach towns, Redondo has a large marina, a wrap-around pier and, of course, the standard boardwalk. The area is more popular for sport fishing and eating out than beach going, but this is a fine beach and the fewer surfers here make it better for swimmers. The pier, like many Los Angeles County beaches, was severely damaged by storms in 1988, but the city spared no expense in rebuilding by constructing an $11 million maritime-themed complex. Call the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors for details.
Located between Dockweiler and Manhattan Beaches is this less crowded beach. Although technically, the beach is in the city of Manhattan Beach, the sparse crowds are mostly due to its proximity to the Chevron Oil Refinery and the lack of some amenities. Despite all that, the beach has lifeguards, rest rooms and showers as well as metered parking, which is usually easy to come by.
This is the southernmost beach before the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Crowds continue to flock here mainly due to its reputation of having waves better than its northern neighbor Redondo. If you're heading south to drive around the Palos Verdes Peninsula, this is also a good place to grab a snack and get some gas, as business establishments are scarce once you get on the peninsula. Call the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors for details.