Hermosa Beach is a friendly town in the South Bay of Los Angeles County in . If you're looking for the "typical" Southern California beach town experience, towns like Hermosa Beach and Seal Beach provide a unique cultural experience.
By day, locals can be found playing volleyball on the beach, riding/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.
The main thing to see in Hermosa Beach is the beach itself along with the bicicle 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!
- 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 , buy a boogie board
- Go fishing off the Hermosa Beach Pier.
- Good Stuff, 1286 The Strand (at 13th Street) 374-2334. . 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!
- Lighthouse Cafe, 30 Pier Avenue, 376-9833.  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
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 125 Pacific Coast Highway, (310) 798-9898, .
- Quality Inn and Suites, 901 Aviation Blvd, +1 310 374-2666, . 68 rooms and suites just fifteen minutes from LAX and close to the beaches of Hermosa, Redondo & Manhattan.
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