If you are planning summer travel to the Los Angeles area, there are almost too many great options for fun. They include Hollywood, Universal Studios and Six Flags Magic Mountain, shopping, dining, museums, the Zoo, Griffith Park and the many ethnic neighborhoods to be explored. But don’t forget that some of the best beaches in Southern California can be found in Los Angeles County. Here, then, is a brief introduction to the numerous beach communities awaiting you.
Avalon Bay is a popular manmade beach located in of course, Avalon California. Avalon is located on a small island called Catalina Island just south of Los Angeles. To get to the beach you will have to take one of several ferries that serve the island. Once you arrive in the beautiful bay, you will find the beach to the south of the pier.
Visitors will find such niceties as showers, picnic areas, public restrooms and food vendors. Activities at the beach include bike trails, walking trails, skating, surfing and volleyball. If you do not have a bike or skates, don’t worry, there are rentals available. If you have an urge to try something different, consider taking surfing or hang gliding lessons. Another great thing about this beach is that it is the only one in L.A where you can have an open bonfire.
It is also where Arnold Schwarzenegger pumped up at the famous outdoor gyms on the beach. You never know who you will see at Venice beach or who they will ultimately become. While you are there, be sure to look at the famous canals as well. The canals were originally modeled after the canals in Venice Italy and were designed for transportation.
Are you interested in chess. Whether the answer is yes or no you should check out the Chess Park. The park features public chess tables and even has a human sized chessboard on the sidewalk. It is worth a look.
The beach towns to the north of LAX are both older and more varied in character. Venice and Marina del Rey both offer a range of beachfront homes similar to what you find in South Bay including piers, wide, white beaches, and plenty of sun. But Marina del Rey is also the largest small boat marina on the west coast and is home to several major new high-rise residences.
While you are at the Coliseum, it would be well worth your while to walk over to the California Science Center in Exposition Park. It is a great educational learning experience for both adults and children. The Sports Arena is in that general area. Also, within walking distance in that area are several museums that you might be interested in going through.
No trip to Los Angeles would be complete without visiting its theme parks and excellent museums. The Universal Studios is without doubt one of the biggest attractions of Los Angeles. On board of a tram, you can cross for one hour the huge site of 170 hectares and visit the film set in operation before spending the rest of the day enjoying the many rides and themed entertainment.
If you are more an introspective person then the western end of Leo Carrillo state beach is the calm spot for you. This beach is at the border of Ventura County and because it is narrow its best for exploring on your own or if it’s your first time then with a ranger would be best. There are camp grounds at the back of the beach and brave surfers are known to visit this beach as well.