Sharing 6 beaches you should visit in LA:
For the hopeless romantic: El Matador Beach-This beach is located about 10 miles northwest of Malibu. The secluded pocket beach has rocky shores, robust waves and some of the prettiest waters in LA. Let’s be honest, it’s not as pretty as the Bahamas but for LA, it’s as good as it gets. Don’t be deterred from the rugged path to the beach or lack of facilities, once you get down to the beach and settle in, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset with a bottom of wine. *highly recommend for any shoot (engagement, babymoon, wedding, or a simple shoot).
The perfect surf spot: Malibu Surfrider Beach-As the waves roll in and begin to curl near the shore, surfers paddle quickly to catch those beautiful California waves. If you’re looking to surf, this is the beach you want to check out. Sometimes, it’s easier to just be a spectator and enjoy the surf vibe than try to fight surfers for the waves. *Note, you don’t have to be an experienced surfer, I’m pretty sure that I learned to surf at this beach a few years back. Although I wish I could say I liked it, surfing is not for me.
The “Classic” LA Beach: Santa Monica Beach-This is one of the most popular and visited beaches in LA. It is located just north of the Santa Monica Pier and is about two miles long. There is plenty of space to set up for the perfect beach day, or set up for a volleyball game or simply go for a beautiful bike ride down the boardwalk. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a beach towel and some spare cash for parking. And, some water! If you’re looking for something quick and easy, this is the beach you’ll want to check out!
The People Watcher Beach: Venice Beach-This is the place where you’ll find infamous bodybuilders, chainsaw jugglers, endless palm readers, folk artists and an array of characters. To be honest, this is one of my least favorite beaches as it is very touristy and sometimes becomes a bit trashy. It attracts a certain crowd and personally I prefer to Santa Monica if I am looking for an easily accessible beach. Despite it not being my favorite, I still recommend checking out. Even though it isn’t my cup of tea, it might be yours.
The Getaway: Manhattan Beach-It’s all beautiful people, fancy cars, families, couples and puppies on leashes. It’s a trendy area in a low-key beach town, if that makes sense. This is one of my favorite beaches to go to. Though, I do love Malibu-it doesn’t have a town quite like Manhattan Beach does. On the sand, you’ll find beach volleyball courts that seem endless, body surfing near the pier, your early morning surf goers and your early morning risers that walk the boardwalk. If you’re planning to eat, I recommend The Post and The Strand. And, if you have space for dessert, be sure to check out Manhattan Beach creamery.
Photography: Christy Kendall