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Get Your Vitamin Sea @ LA’s Favorite Beaches

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Kickin’ it on the beach is an essential facet to anyone’s visit to Los Angeles. Whether you seek a romantic getaway on the beach, the stellar swell of Cali waves, or just to catch the last rays of sunshine before summer’s end—these West Coast wonders should definitely be on your list, because Freehand LA is opening soon.

Leo Carrillo State Park Beach
Address: 35000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

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Named after the conservationist/preservationist Leo Carrillo, this beach is an unreal beautiful spot in the heart of nature. The drive down the Pacific Coast Highway is scenic and captivating — perfect prep for the surreal getaway that is Leo Carrillo State Park Beach.  The beach is pet friendly and has day-long parking, so visitors can devote plenty of time to exploring the sea caves, cliffs and tide pools that make Leo Carrillo State Park Beach so special. Overnight camping is welcome, but be sure to book early, (especially if you’re planning to stay during summer months) spots fill up very quickly! Should you decide to spend longer than the day here, there’s also a Beach Store, where visitors can buy anything from firewood to snacks, use bathrooms and shower.

El Matador State Beach
Address: 32350 El Matador Beach Road, Malibu, CA

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Just past Leo Carrillo lies the small, semi-secluded, El Matador State Beach. Dominated by rocky outcrops, El Matador is reminiscent of European beaches. If you can’t snag a parking spot on the PCH, bring $8 for the self-pay parking lot. Be sure to wear proper shoes and leave excess gear in the car, as this sweet escape is accessible via a scenic gravel path. There are no lifeguards or other facilities on deck here, so adventurers can explore the beach on their own terms. Those explorers who arrive early—or stay late—will be rewarded with an unforgettable sunset sure to make your heart throb.

Zuma Beach
Address: 30000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

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Photo Cred:Lucy Frisch

Experience LA’s most famous beach—the one where that classic Baywatch scene was filmed and the best surfers catch gnarrrrrly waves—Zuma Beach. If you’re looking for a well-known and greatly loved Los Angeles spot, Zuma is your place. Surfers, anglers, beach-combers, sunbathers and volleyball lovers all call this place home. You won’t be the only sunbather on this beach though, seals like getting in on the action, too. And don’t be surprised if your water-sport skills are one-upped by the Zuma dolphins—they have a tendency to show off.  Since this spot is so popular, visitors should be mindful that it can get crowded. If you’re looking for a less lively beach experience, it may be a good call to visit on a weekday instead of the weekend. Whenever you choose to visit, there’ll always be plenty of entertainment and shopping opportunities, be sure to hit up Malibu Country Mart to snag some Cali souvenirs. Food tip: Taverna Tony is a fantastic spot for Greek food and The Reel Inn is known for its epic seafood!

Will Rogers State Beach: “Sunset Point”
Address: Temescal Canyon Rd. & Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles, California

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If the sunset at El Matador doesn’t exceed your expectations, Sunset Point at Will Rogers State Beach will not disappoint. Its Northernmost end, Sunset Point, is the perfect spot to witness a sunset that will inevitably take your breath away. For those surfer bros and babes, this is another one of LA’s most renowned surf spots. The long, right hand roller waves crashing along the rocky coast make for a mellow surf experience—great for beginners or those looking to hang loose. For those non-surfing beach dwellers, head down to the sand-filled portion of the beach where volleyball, yoga and sunbathing dominate the scene. Will Rogers State Beach also marks the end of The Marvin Braude Bike Trail. This windy path is a great way to get glimpses of all of LA’s best beaches. And when you’re all beached out (or biked out), head over to Gladstone’s Restaurant for a decadent seafood meal to end your adventures!

Venice Beach
Address: 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA

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Photo Cred: @rawyaldelight

A trip to LA wouldn’t be a trip to LA without a visit to Venice Beach. Known as the pivotal center for creative expression, Venice Beach makes for the best people watching. Musicians, painters, skate dancers, volleyball and basketball players all congregate here, (side note: tons of NBA players were recruited from the bball courts at Venice Beach, so if you’ve got game, this could be your claim to fame). After chillin’ out on the beach, take a stroll down the boardwalk and check out the street entertainers, skate parks, spas, restaurants, and eccentric personalities that give Venice Beach its flavor. Want to catch a sneak peek of this iconic LA beach? Check out this live camera streaming!