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A day at the beach

Los Angeles is right on the coast and proud of it! The city treasures its wide sandy beaches. Year-round sunny weather is perfect for taking the family to spend a day at the beach. The beautiful coastline is dotted with restaurants and seaside shopping streets. Visit some of LA’s famous beach destinations: from Malibu in the north to Newport Beach in the south.

Venice Beach is all about strutting along Ocean Front Walk or playing beach volleyball with bodybuilders. The beach and its famous boulevard are one of the major attractions along an almost endless coastline. An easy to navigate coastal road leads to the more rugged north-western coast, where the Santa Monica Mountains flank the ocean. Experienced surfers brave the waves at Surfrider Beach in Malibu. There are countless long and wide sandy beaches where your family can spend the day sunning, swimming and eating.

An endless parade along Venice Beach
An endless parade along Venice Beach

Los Angeles

Beyond the horizon: Catalina Island

The not so well-known Catalina Island lies just beyond the horizon in the Pacific Ocean. Officially named Santa Catalina Island, this rocky island is 35 kilometres long and has only one small town, Avalon. The rest of the island is taken up by romantic coves and pristine nature. A boat tour from San Pedro, Long Beach, Dana Point or Newport Beach takes about an hour. Tip: stay at a Bed & Breakfast with your family. You will receive a warm welcome and discover that life on the island moves at a much slower pace than on the mainland. A welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Nature and friendly hospitality on Catalina Island

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Santa Catalina Island

Catch of the day: San Pedro fish market

There are many fish markets in and around downtown Los Angeles. But real seafood lovers will be happy to travel a few kilometres south to eat fresh fish in the San Pedro harbour near Long Beach. San Pedro is known as the 'Disneyland of seafood’: it’s a lively and fun place, with plenty of activities for the young and old. Dozens of restaurants near the old fishing harbour serve up delicious fish and seafood. On weekends, local families pack these restaurants, so enjoy mingling with the locals as you soak up the atmosphere.

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San Pedro, LA's harbour

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San Pedro, California

Baywatch beach

Sand, sun, Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff – that can only mean one thing: the TV series 'Baywatch'. The beautiful beach actually exists. To unfold your towel on the Baywatch beach, head to Temescal Canyon, northwest of Los Angeles. Park your car near the entrance next to the Pacific Coast Highway. Here you will find the pier that was featured in the background of many episodes. Those looking for the lifeguards chairs will be disappointed as unfortunately these were only props. Other scenes from the series were recorded on Venice Beach, Santa Monica Beach and Paradise Cove in Malibu – all of them beautiful places also.

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Chasing Baywatch

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The most beautiful ‘Baywatch’ beach