Best Southern California Beaches
What makes a good beach? For some it’s the surf, sun and sand, for others it’s a chance to get away from the crowd and enter calmness where the vastness and serenity of the ocean can sweep you away.
We comb the Pacific Coast to bring you the best secret beaches Southern California. We break the criteria up for best hidden beaches into five categories. See which beaches make the cut...
Best Beach Criteria:
- Most secluded all year round
- Crystal clear water anytime of day
- A crowd you can deal with on weekends
- Most non-commercial
- Least amount of traffic
Nicolas Canyon County Beach. Photo from Google.com
Nicholas Canyon Beach
Nicolas Canyon County beach is located of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), a few miles north of El Pescador State Beach. There is no sign of the beach visible from the highway, so keep your eyes pealed for a small brown sign that says “coastal access.”
A narrow walkway will lead to a flight of stairs. As you descend, you will be welcomed by a long stretch of white sand.
The beach is said to be one of best “secret” LA beaches. It’s for those in search of that beautiful sandy beach that’s secluded year-round surf.
Address: 33850 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, Calif.Website: http://www.visitusa.com/california/beaches/los-angeles/nicholascanyon-countybeach.ht m
El Matador State Beach. Photo from Google.com
Crystal clear water:
El Matador State Beach
El Matador State Beach is definitely off the beaten path, but the journey is worth the effort once you set your eyes on breathtaking sandstone cliffs. The sandy beach below is pristine, perfect for a little romance. A generous hike down to the beach keeps the crowds to a minimal. During wedding season, you will see brides and grooms posing against rugged rocks. The occasional celebrity citing is not uncommon.
Address: 32100 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu CA 90265
Hermosa Beach. Photo from RollnZoom.com.
Acalone Cove Beach. Photo from Google.com
A crowd you can deal with:
There’s no other way to describe Hermosa Beach other than its name, meaning "beautiful" in Spanish. This is one of Los Angeles’ remaining pristine beach communities. The pier, quaint downtown, and gorgeous beach makes it hard for people to stay away from.
Address: Hermosa Ave and 33rd St, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Website: http://beaches.co.la.ca.us/B andH/Beaches/Hermosa.htm
Abalone Cove Beach
Located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, this ecological reserve is great for both tide pool exploring and picnicking. As its name gives away the area is home to abalone and dozens of other fascinating sea creatures.
The best time to explore Abalone is winter, especially December and January, when the tide pool activity seems to be at its peak.
Keep a careful watch for Smuggler's Cove nearby, one of the area's most popular nude beaches.
Address: 5970 Palos Verdes Dr S Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Phone: +1 310 377 1222