When I moved to L.A. I moved to Hermosa Beach the weekend of the AVP Volleyball tourney. I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
Thousands of people are walking the "strand" (boardwalk) and the best volleyball players in the world are competing on the beach. Every bar and restaurant in town is burting at the seams.. and yet still the feeling is sooo good! Its Southern Cal in all its glory. If you're not in flip flops and a bathing suit you may feel out of place!
If you are traveling to LA between August 9th- August 12 (2007)
Hermosa is a small beach in the southern part of LA that i just love to bit.
Small surfer beach with a pier and a small square by the pier that has really good nightlife and many small shops.
It´s a faily upscale neighbourhood, but the place has this easygoing california attitude that makes this state special.
If you are in LA for the first time and feel like going out for a drink at night then this is a really good, lively and safe option.
This isn't for the unadventurous, or the lightweight drinker. If you feel you're ready, consider a PUB CRAWL in the South Bay! Hermosa Beach is the epicenter of the concept in Los Angeles- for those who don't know, you begin (early in the afternoon usually) to imbibe at a bar of your choice with a select group of friends. There is almost always a "theme" to the crawl: Pirates/Wenches; Vikings; 80's gear, etc. After the first bar, you continue to another bar, usually after downing a predetermined number of beverages. The pattern continues late into the night, until sleep or another distraction pulls you out of the action. To join a pub crawl, generally you need to know someone who is organizing one, or organize one yourself. To qualify, there must be at least 6 participants and you must clear your calendar for the entire day (and probably the next one). www.SouthBayEvents.com is a good resource if you're going to be in the area, and they post pub crawls in their weekly events section as they occur.
Beach Volleyball Capital of the World! Home of the annual AVP Hermosa Beach Open. The 1000-foot pier was built in 1913, and today it is the focus of the beach activities during the day and the local nightlife.
We spent an evening around the Hermosa Beach Pier, including dinner at a trendy and expensive place called Club Sushi, drinks at Hennessey's Tavern, and a quick walk out to the pier. The area was packed full of people on this relatively warm Friday night in February.
Famous Hermosa Beach residents include Britney Spears, Carson Daily, Jack Black, and numerous professional volleyball players.
First Timer: Stay on the beaten path! Get to see the things you’ve always associated with LA! Stay off the Freeway though and avoid the Theme Parks. Because You’ll miss the real LA experience! When in summer, def. visit the Hollywood Bowl. An outdoor musical and fireworks spectacular you would not want to miss! And visit Griffith Park. Drive all the way up and awe at the amazing views you will have here over LA, especially around sunset!
Second Timer: Get off the beaten path and travel south (yep, take the freeway now :-) and get on the 405 south to Hermosa Beach. Visit Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo Beach for a day. Stroll along the little boutiques, have a breakfast on the beach at good stuff or enjoy a delightful jamba juice. When travelling back north, make sure to have a stop on Main Street in Santa Monica. Also a cute street where the locals hang out! I’ve also included this information on the website www.checkoutlosangeles.com with complete details and driving directions!
This is the main drag in Hermosa Beach. There are a couple of blocks right off the beach itself just for pedestrians, with restaurants, a few shops and, yes, bars. Quite a few bars, in fact. One featured the Hawaiian Tropic Girls. I didn't go in. Honest.
There are lots of houses right on the ocean in Hermosa Beach, with a variety of people living there: older folks, some families, and plenty of summer partiers too. The sun shinin', the drinks flowin', the beautiful people partyin'...good time for sure!
I wonder what a timeshare would go for?
You may have heard that California is on the ocean. Well, TV never lies (well, rarely anyway)
Hermosa Beach is, in many ways, a typical California beach town. Check out the sunworshipers, get in a volleyball game, ride your bike or rollerblades (they're for rent too). Or, grab that bathing suit and catch a little sun.
The beach, the sun, the surf-it's a California thing!
Go to the beach, duh. Go to the Hollywood sign, yeah?
Take a walk in the canyons at sunrise. And yes, cruise the Sunset Strip and get that out of your system.
The fact that you go out and seem to meet the same people over and over. Amazing isn't it???
Hermosa beach has a small pier next to a little business district full of restaurants and bars. Great place to go for an evening.