It might defy East Coast common sense, but winter is an ideal time to go to the beach. Sure, the water temperature is hypothermia-inducing, but it nearly always is, and let’s be honest: You had no plans to get wet anyway. Beach city air temperatures typically flirt with 70 degrees during the winter, which is cold enough to keep tourists away but warm enough to relax with a comfy sweatshirt—that counts as winter wear, right?
When the rest of the country starts to lament the cheerless post-Christmas freeze, we Angelenos still have plenty to look forward to in the winter. A lot of that comes down to our relationship with snow: We have the luxury of seeing it on distant mountaintops—drought years aside—while still savoring warm and sunny weather closer to home. Sure, we have our “hardships”: It’s cold at night in our barely insulated homes and the occasional rain shower disrupts traffic and dominates the news. But that’s nothing a warm bowl of ramen or a hot cup of coffee can’t fix. On the whole, there are plenty of terrific things to do in the winter in Los Angeles.