ABOUT HERMOSA BEACH
Create memories of a lifetime in one of the top ten most beautiful beach towns in the world. Relax on gorgeous white sand beaches, explore a cultural hub of sea side activities such as swimming , surfing, sailing, whale watching, including great seafood restaurants and entertainment. Located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area, its population was 66,748 at the 2010 census, up from 63,261 at the 2000 census. Hermosa Beach is the focus of many who want to be in the sun and near the ocean year round and is a vibrant community in its own right, with much of the Beach lifestyle being a blend of the neighborhoods, activities and people of the three Beach Cities of Southern California's South Bay. Like its sister cities of Redondo Beach to the south and Manhattan Beach to the north, Hermosa's key draw is the vast beach that links these three cities. This area was described as "The Gem Of The Continent" in the Los Angeles Daily Herald on December 22nd, 1887.
COASTAL ACTIVITIES. A wide sand beach starts below the bluffs of Palos Verdes in the south RAT (right after Torrance Beach) and stretches north beyond the Redondo Pier, Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches. The popular paved beach path, called The Strand continues north through South Redondo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and eventually to Santa Monica. A typical day on this path will see thousands of people on foot, bicycle, skateboard, roller-blade, including wheelchairs and strollers enjoying the sun and surf. The Strand is broken by the massive Redondo Beach King Harbor Marina and Pier, where it veers away from water and onto dedicated lanes of surface streets for about a mile before again turning to the ocean in Hermosa Beach. Continuing north from Manhattan Beach, with occasional inland stretches, this path goes well into Marina Del Rey, Venice and beyond. Surfing is a key element of the South Bay lifestyle year-round, especially the well known surfing spot of the Redondo Breakwall. It is common to see locals catching waves on both Christmas and New Year's Day. Powerful winter storms in the Pacific ocean can typically turn placid and rolling South Bay waves into large and occasionally dangerous conditions. Beach Volleyball is another important aspect of Hermosa Beach's lifestyle. The wide and flat sand beaches provide the perfect venue for the sport and permanent poles and nets are placed and maintained by the city year-round. Professional tournaments managed by the AVP take place in both neighboring Redondo and Manhattan Beach. Currently Hermosa and Redondo Beach is growing in popularity with filming production. Fox's "The O.C." was also seen filming at Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach Pier, and local parks. Also, Redondo Beach was home to the filming of the classic television series, Baywatch.
THE HERMOSA BEACH PIER Built in 1904, the Hermosa Beach Pier was the first pier in this historic region, constructed by the Hermosa Beach land and water company. Made entirely of wood, even to the pilings, it extended five hundred feet out into the ocean. In 1913, this old pier was partly washed away and later torn down and a new one built to replace it. The new pier, municipally owned, was built of concrete 1,000 feet (300 m) long, and paved with asphalt its entire length. Soon after an auditorium building was added, housing various enterprises. At present, the Los Angeles Life Guard Service and the local branch of the LA County Public Library occupy rooms in the building, along with public rest rooms.
REDONDO BEACH HARBOR The Marina, Harbor and Pier are large planned centers of activity that host touristy bars, smaller shops, seafood restaurants, and a game arcade. The pier is a common spot for local anglers to cast, rent fishing day boats, kayaks, jet ski's, wind surfing, and winter whale watching excursions. The adjacent Marina, located just north of the Pier, is home to another half-dozen restaurants, a seafood shop, and a pub with almost 100 beers on tap. Many residents of inland Los Angeles drive to Redondo Beach to take advantage of all the recreational activities and night life this pier has to offer.
Things to do in the Area
Surf lessons and surfboard & body suit rentals available daily.
Surfing, swimming, body surfing, sun bathing at the great surf breaks all over South Bay.
Bike riding, walking, jogging on the Strand with roughly 6 miles from Torrance State Beach to El Porto to the North.
Kayaking from the Redondo Pier and Whale Watching daily boat tours from King Harbor in the winter months.
Several gyms, fitness camps and jogging trails and volleyball with numerous nets available and leagues all the time.
Deep sea fishing trips daily from King Harbor and fishing from the Redondo Pier, Hermosa and Manhattan Piers.
Sharkeez Restaurant has the famous happy hour in Hermosa Beach.
Hennesy's Irish Pub has locations in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan beach.
Live music at the Lighthouse on the Pier and St. Rock are some of the local music and dance clubs.
The Comedy & Magic Club feature top comics from around the country including frequent sunday nights with Jay Leno
Big events throughout the year include Saint Patrick's Day, the AVP Beach Volleyball tournament, Fiesta Hermosa and Lobster Festival with all kinds of events featuring great cuisine from all over the world.
Check monthly updated Event Schedule at http://www.southbayevents.com
Top 10 Hermosa Restaurants
Good Stuff Restaurant
1286 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
37 14th St, Hermosa Beach, CA
Martha's 22nd Grill
25 22nd St, Hermosa Beach, CA
36 Pier Ave Hermosa Beach, CA
8 Pier Ave Hermosa Beach, CA
1301 Manhattan Ave Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
1150 Hermosa Ave Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
73 Pier Ave Hermosa Beach, CA
The Fish Shop Hermosa Beach
719 Pier Ave Hermosa Beach, CA
316 Pier Ave Hermosa Beach, CA