Outside of Hollywood and traffic jams, Los Angeles might be best known in the popular imagination for its beaches.
From the tide pools of the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the sandy shores of Malibu, the LA area has some of the most scenic, and most recognizable, stretches of coastline.
Both locals and outsiders are probably already familiar with the sights and sounds of the Venice Ocean Front Walk and the Santa Monica Pier. But those aren’t the only beaches in LA—just the most crowded.
With that in mind, here are 13 beaches in the region perfect for swimming, sunbathing, biking, hiking, exploring, and whatever else you might want to do oceanside. There are other great options, of course, but these should help you get started if you’re visiting—or if you’re an inland local wondering why it’s been years since you’ve seen sand (don’t worry, it happens).