The Strand

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The Strand
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Officially known as the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, this 22-mile bicycle path traces nearly the entire extent of LA's westward-facing coastline. The path starts at Will Rogers State Beach and winds its way all the way down to Torrance County Beach. If you'd rather take the path at a walking pace, you'll find pedestrian-friendly forks in Santa Monica, Venice and Manhattan Beach—perfect for snooping on the stunning oceanfront real estate.


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Stroll The Strand, bike it, rollerblade it, bring your dog, push your baby stroller, fantasize about owning one of the mansions or watch the beach volleyball players. Looking out towards the horizon is beautiful at any time of day and the path will give you a good view of the ocean all the way down to Redondo Beach. Take some chalk and write your name on the sidewalk - there's no rules against that! 


What a picturesque spot to take a walk or a bike ride by the beach. My favorite spots are through Manhattan Beach, where the real estate turns into drool worthy mansions. If you need to take a break, just crash on the beach. If you're hungry, grab a bite or a drink in one of the many oceanfront cities the Strand passes through. Just a perfect way to spend a weekend.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is ride my bike on the Strand from Torrance Beach to the end of Manhattan Beach. To watch how the houses change from cute little apartment complexes to beach shacks to mini mansions is pretty amazing. I never get over some of the beautiful houses in Manhattan Beach, and how I almost never see anyone inside them! The Strand can get particularly busy on holidays like the 4th of July or Memorial Day, so I tend to avoid it those days, but any other day and the Strand is the place to be.