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Hermosa Beach is a friendly town in the South Bay of Los Angeles County. If you're looking for the "typical" Southern California beach town experience, you'll enjoy the layed back attitude, athleticism, and festive nightlighlife of the Beach Cities: Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach. Each provides a unique cultural experience, but they're connected by the strand paved path that runs along the beach. There's also Seal Beach in Orange County.

By day, locals can be found playing volleyball on the beach, running/cycling/rollerblading along the Strand, or congregating around the Pier Avenue shopping area. By night, the bars and restaurants along Pier Avenue become crowded with young people, while the patios and decks of the tightly packed residences buzz with the chatter and bustle of private parties.

Get in

Get around

On foot, bicycle, car, bus, or ferry.

See

The main thing to see in Hermosa Beach is the beach itself along with the bicycle and pedestrian walkway called The Strand. The sand and sun, combined with the tanned, fit beachgoers strolling down The Strand exemplify the stereotype of California beach culture.

Hermosa Beach Pier. This pier has a statue dedicated to a pioneer in surfing.

On a summer weekend, go to the Strand at the Hermosa Beach Pier, and see how many wheeled devices will pass you in 10 minutes. Bicycles, tricycles, roller skates, scooters, roller blades, etc. It's remarkable how much Americans love their wheels!

Hermosa Beach is the home of the AVP Beach Volleyball Hermosa Beach Open for the last 25 years. Since 1983, the Hermosa Beach Open has been one of the signature events on the AVP Tour that fans and players look forward to each year. [1]

Do

  • Grab a towel and soak up the sun on the beach.
  • Have you noticed how much Americans love wheels? Rent a bicycle or rollerblades and travel along The Strand from Redondo Beach up to Santa Monica. Shops near Pier Avenue will rent bicycles or rollerblades.
  • Play in the water. Although the water along California comes down from an Alaskan current and can be chilly, when the weather's warm, it can be very enjoyable. Shops around Pier Avenue will rent surfboards or you can buy a boogie board.
  • Go fishing off the Hermosa Beach Pier.
  • Fiesta Hermosa: Memorial Day and Labor Day. For the past 36 years, the ”largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California”. Over 270 artists and crafters are featured, including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handicrafters. People flock to Fiesta Hermosa each year for not only the art fair, but for the Music – which is always of the highest caliber. Fairgoers rave about the Food Court, which offers 18 different kinds of ethnic food choices. The festival offers something for everyone, there is a Kiddie Carnival that features a 30 foot slide, mechanical rides, rock climbing wall and bungee jump, and games for kids from 3 to 10 years old. Pony rides, a Petting Zoo, and facepainters are sure to delight the little ones. The festival takes place every Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) in downtown Hermosa Beach, along Pier and Hermosa Avenue. With the ocean as a backdrop, Hermosa Beach is an ideal place for a summer festival with temperatures of 80 degrees and balmy sea breezes. [2]

Buy

  • Paciugo Gelato Caffe, 1034 Hermosa Avenue (Pier & Hermosa Avenue), 310-379-2525, [3]. 11 AM - 11PM. Paciugo freshly prepares its authentic italian gelato and sorbet each morning, serving 30 to 38 flavors daily. Based on third-generation Italian recipes, Paciugo has faithfully and authentically created over 200 flavors of gelato. Paciugo gelato is authentically made with the highest quality ingredients and no preservatives. Since Paciugo recipes call for no cream or butter, the fat content is 3.5% (a little higher for flavors that contain cocoa and nuts), considerably less than ice cream, making Paciugo a more wholesome and nutritious product. The milk-based gelato is 70% lower in fat than premium ice creams, while the fruit-based product is fat free. This results in a richer taste and smoother texture versus conventional ice cream. [4]
  • Good Stuff, 1286 The Strand (at 13th Street) 374-2334. [5]. A South Bay landmark, Good Stuff has good lunch/brunch food at affordable prices. There's a large outdoor patio facing the beach with great opportunities for people watching as they bike or skate down The Strand. Fills up fast on weekend mornings. $10-15.
  • The Spot, 110 Second St. 310-376-2355. Another South Bay landmark, The Spot is a vegetarian restaurant. The restaurant is off of the Strand and as with most beach cities parking is strictly enforced, read the signs.
  • Ragin' Cajun Cafe, 422 Pier Ave. Great Cajun/Creole.

"Planet Earth Eco Cafe", 509 Pier Ave. 310 318 1888. A recently opened all-organic vegetarian cafe/sweet shop. Ground-breaking and full of vegan options, including great raw organic hemp shakes made by the famous Tommy Adams. Free wi-fi as well!

Drink

  • Lighthouse Cafe, 30 Pier Avenue, 376-9833. [6] A venerable jazz institution in Los Angeles County, the Lighthouse has also seen the best of the LA area's rock music get its first start. M-Th 6PM-2AM, Fr 4PM-2AM, Sa-Su 11AM-2AM.
  • Pier Avenue is the hot spot for singles and the young.
  • Sangria Hip-hop and ghetto
  • Patrick Malloy's Suburbanites letting off steam for the weekend

Sleep

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 125 Pacific Coast Highway, (310) 798-9898, [7].
  • Quality Inn and Suites, 901 Aviation Blvd, +1 310 374-2666, [8]. 68 rooms and suites just fifteen minutes from LAX and close to the beaches of Hermosa, Redondo & Manhattan.

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