Hermosa Beach Travel Guide

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Hermosa Beach Things to Do

  • Rent a bike and cruise the Strand

    There are several bike rental places in Hermosa Beach. My favorite is the one behind Good Stuff just north of the pier. The Strand is a combined bike path/foot path in Hermosa Beach, but splits into separate paths as they go north to Manhattan Beach. To the south, they go past the Redondo Beach pier all the way to Torrance Beach on the south end of...

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  • Kick back, relax and love the quiet.

    We'd been down to Long Beach and decided to get off the Pacific Coast Highway and just take it easy. We managed to get a nice car parking space and just sat on the beach and rested. A nice way to enjoy a few hours. THe beach actually has some of the Hermosa crabs washing up regually (I may be wrong on this so correct me).

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  • Go to the beach and watch the surfers

    There is no shame in not surfing while residing in a surf town....but there is shame in not at least getting down to the beach and watching these talented and risk-taking athletes carve through the waves. Surfer guys....surfer gals....surfer babies....surfer dogs...you name it...they are out there! Go be inspired or just applaud.

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  • The Strand

    Theres alot of things to do in Hermosa but my favorite is to be on the Strand. I love to admire the beautiful houses, Rollerblade, Ride my bike, People watch, or Jog/walk for exercise. Theres alot of people doing exactly the same thing.

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  • Join the Fiesta!

    Come to Hermosa for each Fiesta Hermosa during the Labor Day weekend. It's free, fun, and full of great eats and shopping. I've been here two straight times and love the feeling here. Thousands of people would agree with me! Expect a traffic nightmare , especially by car. Come early! Live music during the holiday celebration is usually rock and...

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  • The Pier

    Head down to the pier early, especially if you are driving. Parking spots are limited. It's best to stay in a near by hotel or rent a house close by. Enjoy the beach, the bars and the restaurants all in walking distance. There is great fishing off the pier and the volleyball is outstanding.

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Hermosa Beach Hotels

Hermosa Beach Restaurants

  • Excellent food, good service, weird...

    About three blocks north of Pier Plaza sits a converted diner with arguably the best food in Hermosa Beach. Chef Melba cooks right there, in full view of everyone and keeps the dishes coming. You might start with Griddled Kobe Beef with Avocado Puree, Black Caviar and White Truffle Oil; then move to a salad of Spinach with Blackberries, Spicy...

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  • Don't Miss the Seafood and Sushi

    Great chowder, great salmon, great mussels, great halibut, great oysters, great sushi Fresh and tasty

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  • Clubby ambiance, tasty food

    Dim lighting, oversized booths and lots of wood create the ambiance at Brix. I've been there twice; once just to enjoy a really nice bottle of wine with my boyfriend and once for dinner with my friend.They have a really extensive wine selection - which is awesome if you love to try new boutique wines or old standbys. The menu is pretty solid as...

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Hermosa Beach Nightlife

  • Live Music in Hermosa Beach

    For those visiting Los Angeles and want to do something a little off the beaten path, one of the best-kept secrets is the South Bay area, including Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. The live music scene is actually pretty decent, with the recent addition of Saint Rocke and the mainstays Brixton and The Lighthouse, among others. Some...

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  • Chill Night Club - The Cruz Room

    The Cruz Room is the newest edition to the Hermosa Beach nightlife scene. Located next to Padone's Pizzeria and completely unmarked, it is a hidden social scene that creates an intimate and secluded atmosphere!*Update* 04/2008 - the Cruz Room is no longer the best place to go to find nightlife in Hermosa Beach. The city recently cracked down on...

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  • Hermosa's Nightclub

    Blue 32 is one of the more popular 20's - 30's something hangout bars in Hermosa Beach. It is located on Hermosa Avenue just north of Pier Ave. The club has live music 5 days a week until 8:00pm(or so) and then switches to Top 40 music at 9pm (they have a DJ). It is considered a "lounge" but on the weekends, Blue 32 is by all definition a...

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Hermosa Beach Transportation

  • Yellow Cab

    Yellow cab's are paramount when traveling around Hermosa beach (most specifically when you have taken a couple of sips of your friend's alcoholic beverage). ;-) Hermosa Beach police are notoriously strict on everything from parking meters to driving with your music too loud. I stick to the safe path and take cabs....their cheap, there are tons of...

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  • Parking is a nighmare.

    Parking is a nightmare in Hermosa Beach, particularly on the weekends and especially in summer. Your best bet is to simply park in one of the structures or lots that are on Hermosa Avenue north or south of Pier Avenue and to walk from there. There is metered parking on the streets, but it's limited, always taken, and you need quarters.

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  • Taxi

    Take a taxi if you really want to go tho Hermosa Beach at night. There are pleanty of companys that go to Hermosa. And when you are ready to leave, a taxi staging area is at the Pier and Hermosa Ave corner. CAN'T MISS IT.

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Hermosa Beach Shopping

  • by brycetoney Written May 15, 2009

    Curious is a cool shop in Hermosa Beach.The owner, Bryce had a few businesses in the past in Hermosa Beach. You may remember 2 Doors Down, Eclectics, Splash Bath and Body. He moved to Kauai for 5 years and is back to beautiful Hermosa Beach! His new shop, Curious, has tons of fun stuff, from cards, books, gifts, jewelry, hats, wallets, candles, and more. He is even been building furniture and is available to make custom pieces as well. He loves to find old pieces, recycle them and transform it into his own creation. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Be sure to stop by and say hi to the shop bird Oscar.

    What to buy: Custom furniture, cards, books, candles, jewelry, arts, picture frams, hats, purses, wallets, bags, lighting, clocks, antiques, and so much more!

    What to pay: from $1 to $300. Price range includes something for everyone walking in.

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Hermosa Beach Local Customs

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    by bruingirl Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    Forget about your job, your responsibilities, and anything else that might weigh on your mind. Have fun!!!! This is a party town so basically, everyone is mellow and laid back. The rule of thumb is - have fun and don't be such a hard ass!!! Most people are pretty friendly by the beach.

    Hanging out on the Strand....

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Hermosa Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • Parking

    Parking becomes a problem the later you wait. There is a parking structure to the north of the pier and a lot to the south. LIMITED SPOTS.Drinking alochol outside of the bars/clubs is not allowed and fines are tripled. Lots of under cover police.

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  • Drunk, drunk, drunk! :)

    Beware of drunk boys who may attempt to grab your ass. This is part of the initial mating ritual here in the beach cities. This type of behavior seems most prevalent in places like Sharkeez and Patrick Molloy's (Patty Molloy's).

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  • re:rushere's tip

    This is less of a tip and more of a follow-up on a tip posted by rushere in the HB warnings and dangers sections. As a resident of Hermosa for allmost 23 years, I have gotten to know many of the officers here personaly, I can say that that information provided by rushere is false. My guess he got drunk, out of hand and then arrested. This posting...

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Hermosa Beach What to Pack

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    by bruingirl Written Aug 18, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts, bathing suits, sunglasses, and flip flops are a MUST around here!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: SUNSCREEN! Very important! You don't want to fry yourself. You can get it at any store. Try to get something with at least a spf 15.

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Hermosa Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • Hermosa Beach Lobster Festival

    If you happen to be in ths beach city September 21-23, visit the Hermosa Beach Lobster Festival. Saefood lovers can feast on crustaceans cooked in huge kettles and enjoy live music by the water.Carnival rides, arts and crafts booths, and a treasure hunt offer a good time for everyone.Located at Seaside Lagoon, Hermosa Beach.

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  • Poopdeck

    A TOTAL dive bar on the Strand on Hermosa Pier that looks out to the Pacific Ocean. A small, dingy bar that ONLY serves beer. Your choices are Budweiser or Bud Light. That's it. I think they may have MGD as well. There's a couple of pool tables and an outside courtyard. People come here to drink, not to pick up anyone. All the locals come here to...

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Hermosa Beach Sports & Outdoors

  • Beach Volleyball

    There are tons of beach courts, north and south of the pier for anybody who wants to play. I think that classes are available, but you can't just show up. You should find out about them first. If you go in the mornings you'll see pro's training. It's one of the most popular spots for training.

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  • Home of Volleyball

    There are 65 Volleyball courts in Hermosa Beach. Durring the summer months they are almost always packed, however pick up games are easy to find. On any given day it is highly likley to spot one of the many Professional players that live and train in the area. Hermosa is also the home of the AVP Hermosa Open. a ball.

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  • Drunk Draw

    This is a shot from July 3rd, 2004. Every year the crew at 8th St. Puts together a day of Volleyball/Drinking. This year my team took 2nd place. I dont remember much but Im positive I had a good time judging from the pictures.

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Hermosa Beach Favorites

  • Discover the Close-Knit Quality Here!

    "Close-Knitness"Hermosa is one of the most unassuming beaches, unlike, say, Malibu or Laguna Beach. There is a strong sense of a small coastal town in which people know each other well and take care of and pride in their community. Locals are more common here to roam than tourists (this is in contrast to famed Santa Monica up north).

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  • Beach and volleyball!

    There is nothing better than enjoying the warm weather and playing beach volleyball in Hermosa. Everyone is friendly and looking to have a great time! If you're here, you HAVE to play some volleyball; do a little surfin; and definitely do some people watching! :)

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  • The Pier, the fish, the mussels

    The most enjoyable activity is to have lunch on top of Hennessey's and watch the skaters and the ocean. If that doesn't suit your needs, go across the street to FatFaceFenner'sFishack for the best "chowdar" I've ever had! Not to be bored, go downstairs and have sushi at Paradise Sushi...and you don't have to go to LA. The Best mussels I've had is...

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