L.A.’s beaches are an iconic and integral part of Southern California, and getting some sand on the floor of your car is practically a requirement. Hugging the Santa Monica Bay in an arch, the desirable communities of Malibu, Santa Monica, and Venice move from ultrarich to ultracasual to bohemian. Continuing south to L.A.’s three beach cities, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa, and Redondo, the scene shifts from posh to working class, but the sand remains the center of the action. What they have in common, however, is cleaner air, mild temperatures, horrific traffic, and an emphasis on the fun-in-the-sun beach-focused lifestyle.

  • Hermosa Beach

    This energetic beach city boasts some of the priciest real estate in the country. But down by the sand, the vibe... Read More
  • Manhattan Beach

    Chic boutiques, multimillion-dollar homes, and some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles dot the hilly downtown... Read More
  • Santa Monica

    This pedestrian-friendly little city, about 8.3 square miles, has a dynamic population of artists and writers,... Read More
  • Venice

    From the resident musicians and roving hippies of the boardwalk, to the hipster boutiques and farm-to-table cafés... Read More
  • Pacific Palisades

    Stunning ocean views, glamorous homes, and dusty canyons define this affluent area, snug between Santa Monica and... Read More
  • Malibu

    North of Santa Monica, up the Pacific Coast Highway, past rock slides, rollerbladers, and cliffside estates, is... Read More