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Surfin USA...in Los Angeles!

 

Los Angeles is the place to go for fun, sun and surfing. If you narrow it down even further it is Malibu, Santa Monica and Venice. The beaches in L.A. are an integral part of the Southern California lifestyle. If you are looking for some sunshine and a place to be with a beach-focused lifestyle read on for some valuable information to make that a reality.

  • Driving - If you are in the heart of LA it could take an hour or so to get to your beachy destination. To get there take a drive along the coast and be prepared for heavy beach traffic on the weekends.
  • Parking- Public parking is usually available at beaches. Be prepared in case there are fees, which can range from $8 to $20 in some areas. Be on the lookout for some free street and highway parking as well.
  • “The Strand” – The covert name for bike paths which can be found around all the beach areas. Bring along your skates or bicycle and make the most of your experience.
  • Boardwalks- No beach experience is complete without a long stroll down the boardwalk. You may be surprised at how many various vendors, free-lance entertainment and food can be found along these excursions. This is a great place for people watching as it is such a dynamically action oriented area. Just be safe and avoid them at night when the crowds have thinned out.

 

Some Malibu Extras

If you still want to be by the beach but want to take a break from the sun take a side trip to the Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum. It has terrific views of Surfrider Beach and wonderfully manicured garden grounds. Originally built in 1929, and uniquely Spanish-styled to the time it was built, it is a great spot to take in nature abound. There are self-guided tours of the exterior and guided tours of the interior. www.adamsonhouse.org

 

Some Venice Beach Extras

The highlights and life are mainly beach centered. In addition to a terrific boardwalk they also have swimming, fishing, surfing, basketball, racquetball, handball and shuffleboard. Traveling from a distance but don’t have all the gear you want is not a problem. You can rent a bike or skates.

 

 

Some Santa Monica Extras

The pier is the place to be and is located at the foot of Colorado Boulevard below Palisades Park. It is home to carnival games, restaurants and souvenir shops alike. The pier also has an indoor 46 horse Looff Carousel that was built in the 1920’s. If you’re looking for some free summer concerts in the area the pier is the place to go. Check out what is going on at www.santamonicapier.org

Want to get up close and personal with some of the marine life in the area? Take a time out and visit the Santa Monica Aquarium. Complete with sharks, touch-tanks and educational films it is a great place to visit. It is located at the eastern end of the pier along Ocean Front Walk. Visit www.healthebay.org/smpa for more information.

Posted on Mar 16 2012

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