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Hermosa Beach and Pier

Los Angeles, CA
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Hermosa Beach and Pier, Los Angeles California

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LA is just so nice when you get off the freeway! When I'm trapped on the LA freeways, I always think "WHY? WHY did I come here?" But, once I get off the freeway to one of LA's amazing beaches or parks, I think, "I could live here."
Hermosa Beach is one of the nicest. The beach itself is wide and spacious, and the sand is gorgeously clean. The water is a million shades of perfect blue. And the pier, being concrete with white metal railings, is clean of bird poop and lovelier than most piers! The sight as you walk along the pier is blissful- the white lines that stretch before you, the yellow sand, the blue sea! Sit on one of the new, wooden benches and watch the surfers glide by!
As you look back at the beach from the pier, it's amazing to see how built up the area is. Every possible space has been built on!
Everywhere around you there is action, action, action! Lots of mommies push their kids in strollers along the wide bike path that runs all the way from Santa Monica in the north to Torrance Beach in the south. Roller skaters, bike riders, and volleyball players enjoy the endless sunshine and crisp ocean air. 
People sit out at the cafes in the pedestrian-only square that fronts the pier. Here, palms full of chirping green parrots line up alongside fun-looking stores and restaurants. Hennessey's Pub has a rooftop balcony with a gorgeous view of the beach and Palos Verdes. Up on the roof you are surrounded by glass that keeps you warm and also provides 270-degree views. Their food is great too- try the California Citrus Salad, or the Prime Steak. They have dinner specials that are a deal at $11! Hermosa Ave, which runs parallel to the beach one block back also has some cafes, a Starbucks, and some nice historic buildings. 13th Street (The Strand), just off of Beach Drive, around the corner from the Pier, has a very popular breakfast spot called Good Stuff where you can sit outside and look at the beach. 
In the 50s and 60s, Hermosa Beach had a big Latin Jazz scene, with such famous musicians as Mongo Santamaria and Eddie Palmieri livening up the scene.
A fun place for kids nearby is Redondo Pier, where there's a circular pier with nice decorations, shops, and an arcade game place below the pier.

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The pedestrian-only square that fronts the pier- a great place to hang out! And safe for kids to run around!
The pedestrian-only square that fronts the pier- a great place to hang out! And safe for kids to run around!
Mediterraneo Cafe, in front of the pier, shaded by a palm.
Mediterraneo Cafe, in front of the pier, shaded by a palm.
The stores in the pedestrian-only area in front of Hermosa Pier, where the green parrots chirp away happily!
The stores in the pedestrian-only area in front of Hermosa Pier, where the green parrots chirp away happily!
Patrick Molloy's Pub, in the area that fronts Hermosa pier! Notice the lovely historical building it's in.
Patrick Molloy's Pub, in the area that fronts Hermosa pier! Notice the lovely historical building it's in.
Red-stroller mommy takes her kids for an icecream in front of the pier!
Red-stroller mommy takes her kids for an icecream in front of the pier!
A mom and her daughter go for a bike ride along the boardwalk at Hermosa Beach!
A mom and her daughter go for a bike ride along the boardwalk at Hermosa Beach!
Plenty of pedestrian-only space for little kids to go wild in safety!
Plenty of pedestrian-only space for little kids to go wild in safety!
Looking back at the square, from the beginning of the pier, at Christmastime!
Looking back at the square, from the beginning of the pier, at Christmastime!
Surfer statue at Hermosa pier.
Surfer statue at Hermosa pier.
You couldn't get a more blissful place to sit! Take in the shades of blue that stretch before you!
You couldn't get a more blissful place to sit! Take in the shades of blue that stretch before you!
View from the pier- they sure do use every square inch of space in LA!
View from the pier- they sure do use every square inch of space in LA!
There's always someone playing beach volleyball in LA!
There's always someone playing beach volleyball in LA!
Playing beneath the pier.
Playing beneath the pier.
   

Directions

From LAX, take the Pacific Coast Hwy (Hwy 1) south all the way here. Once you reach the town of Hermosa Beach, simply turn towards the ocean on Pier Avenue and find a parking space along the road. Bring quarters for the metered parking.
Tiki Mon Hawaiian Icecream, 31 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach CA 90254, call (310) 937-1904.
Hennessey's Tavern, 8 Pier Ave, call (310) 372-5759.
Good Stuff, 1286 The Strand, call (310) 374-2334.

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Gwendolyn
11/25/2009 20:44
I had so much fun!

Kylie
10/15/2009 12:36
Hermosa Beach can get really crowded, but it is a huge beach and is great for people watching and always has a bunch of great things going on.

Marc
10/09/2009 14:51
Un post muy interesante!

Ed
10/01/2009 14:47
wants to move back ASAP, and will work, cry, and sweat to get the money to...

Dee
09/13/2009 22:06
Check out the summer volleyball tournaments.

Last Updated Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:34:56 GMT