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Hermosa City Beach

Hermosa Beach sits in between Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach off of Hermosa Avenue. Turn west onto Pier Avenue to get to the main part of the beach. Pier Avenue is the center of attention in this area and the local hangout. This is a very young and hip beach town buzzing with activity. There are an abundance of places to come for lunch or drinks along the beach.

The surf in Hermosa Beach is mellow and fun and is said to be good at low to medium tide. This is a great beach for beginning to intermediate California surfing. The Surfers Walk of Fame is located on the Hermosa Beach pier. The bronze plague that is on the pier honors 7 of the 16 pioneers of surfing. California fishing is also another famous past time off the pier.

As in most of LA beaches there is a great bike path that borders the beach, which is always busy with cyclists, runners, walkers and roller bladders. This is a fun and easy stroll along the coast. There are also several volleyball nets on the sand, located on both sides of the pier. The courts can get busy during the summer months. Hermosa Beach has a wide stretch of sand which is popular with the sunbathers.

There are a ton of activities in the city of Hermosa Beach. There is a Sand Snowman Contest held in December. People flock to the beach to compete in the categories such as; best California snowman or best dressed snowman. In August there is an International Surf Festival and every Friday there is a Farmers Market from 12 noon to 4pm close to the beach area on Valley Drive, between 8th and 10th Streets.

Parking around the beach area is scarce. If you are lucky you can find a place to park in metered spaces along Pier Avenue or on Hermosa Avenue. There are also several parking lots located 1-2 blocks south of Pier Avenue.

NO alcohol/glass containers
NO camping
NO dogs
NO vehicles on the beach
NO fires
YES Bathrooms/showers available