Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach's cool surf and hot sun make having sand in your bed worth it.

Sand in your hair and sun on your skin seldom feels as right as it does in Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles' South Bay's eclectic answer to its northern boardwalk counterpart, Venice Beach. One of three South Bay beach communities, Hermosa Beach's effervescent vitality sets it apart from more mature Manhattan Beach, while its offbeat attitude keeps it feeling funkier than nearby Redondo Beach. Surf in the morning, shop during the day, and sip or slosh in the evening—this energetic seaside enclave rises with the sun, outlasts its light, and often parties until dawn.

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On the Map

Hermosa Beach is bordered by Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach

LAX Airport: 15 minutes by car or 45 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 30 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 45 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 30 minutes by car
The Grove: 40 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Possible
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The South Bay's Busiest Beach Town

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Hermosa translates to "beautiful," and Hermosa Beach earns its moniker every day.

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One of three Los Angeles Beach Cities, Hermosa Beach shares borders with Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach.

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Although each area boasts sandy shores and frothy whitewash, Hermosa Beach's youthful fervency and funky demeanor set it apart from the rest.

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Hermosa Beach's coastline is unusually wide.

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Despite its abundance of sandy real estate, the neighborhood's beaches often fill up.

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On and off its coastal fringes, Hermosa Beach brims with sunshine baskers, boardwalk ruffians, and sidewalk dillettantes.

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Surf shops and bike rental kiosks are front-row spectators when Hermosa Beach hosts its annual CBVA and AVP volleyball tournaments.

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Opportunities for recreation are endless in Hermosa Beach.

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Paddleboarding, skateboarding, fishing, surfing.

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Seaside activities stretch as far as the horizon.

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In Hermosa Beach, it's Endless Summer.

On and Off the Boardwalk In Hermosa Beach

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Hermosa Beach's boardwalk, The Strand, stretches for 20 miles along the coast and connects Torrance Beach to Santa Monica.

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Hermosa Beach's come-one-come-all atmosphere ensures that a diverse mix of families, professionals, leisure enthusiasts, and surf groms commingle along its coast.

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Becker Surfboards began in Hermosa Beach.

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It still hits the lip.

Sunset In Hermosa Beach

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In Hermosa Beach, the slow decline of light is an event in itself.

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Fishing poles get more nibbles at dusk and sunset surf sessions can only happen once a day.

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Leave the reach of the ocean's hypnosis and rejoin the masses skylarking along Pier Street.

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Sing well into the night, skylarks.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rob Kalmbach

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Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."