Beaches in L.A. County are open again—with some modifications. You can surf, swim, walk or run, and—at county-run beaches—you can now sit, sunbathe or picnic (the City of L.A. still maintains that beaches are for active recreation only). The official word from the county is that you can bring up to 10 members of your own household cluster to the beach, but gatherings between multiple households are still off limits.
Piers, boardwalks and bike paths (including the Strand) are allowed to reopen, but their actual status may very city by city. Volleyball courts are still closed, and barbecues and bonfires aren’t allowed. Parking lots are gradually reopening, but with limited capacity to prevent overcrowding.
In all cases, you’ll need to keep six feet away from others (that aren’t members of your household), and face coverings are required outside of the water.
Our story appears below as it was originally written—so note that most references to sports are not permissible at the moment.
With 70-degree-plus days nearly year-round, Angelenos looking for the best things to outside can enjoy the great outdoors from January to December with L.A.’s best hikes (scenic views included) and even hikes with waterfalls to boot. But our perennial favorite is by far the beach. And with miles of picturesque coastline from Malibu to the South Bay, the best beaches in Los Angeles are aplenty for outdoor enthusiasts, surfers, families, sun worshippers and beach bunnies (and at one dog beach, for pups). From Venice and Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach and Playa Vista, here are the best beaches in L.A. to sunbathe, surf and play.
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