POSTED: June 23rd 2017

BRENDA DURAN: Fun in the Sun in Los Angeles for Olympic fans

Santa Monica is renown for its pier and restuarants © Bigstock
Santa Monica is renown for its pier and restuarants © Bigstock

Learn how to surf at Malibu Beach © Bigstock
Learn how to surf at Malibu Beach © Bigstock

Manhattan Beach is frequently seen on TV and in movies © Bigstock
Manhattan Beach is frequently seen on TV and in movies © Bigstock

BRENDA DURAN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Summer in Los Angeles would not be as popular without the countless beaches that surround it. The sandy beaches stretch for miles, some with elaborate sea caves, others with the perfect waves and charming seaside communities. The key is finding your favorite place to take in the rays of sunshine. 

It is no surprise the Los Angeles bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics encourages its supporters to "follow the sun." Los Angeles is bidding against Paris, France in what has wound down to a two city race.

To help you make the most of what Los Angeles beaches have to offer, here are some standouts to consider setting up your beach towel for. 

Shop, Tan, Repeat in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Beach, located just north of the historic Santa Monica Pier, is one of the most popular beaches in L.A. You can make your way there once you have finished some sightseeing and shopping in the nearby Santa Monica Promenade or visited the classic pier. This is a classic centrally located beach where you can take in the sun and set up sandcastles, or go for a bike ride. The views will not disappoint.

Surf Away in Malibu

Known for its celebrity homes and beaches, Malibu has some of the most beautiful beaches L.A. has to offer. Malibu is known for the wide and sandy Zuma Beach and Malibu Lagoon State Beach, known as Surfrider Beach for its waves. If you love to surf or boogie board the waves, make this your top pick. With several great seaside eateries, celebrity spotting is not uncommon. Catch the rays and the stars all at once in Malibu.

A Slice of Culture in Venice Beach

You may have heard of the famous Venice Beach boardwalk when researching best place to visit in L.A. and there is a good reason for it. Venice Beach has it all - street entertainers, quirky vendors, drum circles on the sand and live music. This all happens on the beach boardwalk with a large sandy beach as a backdrop. The beach at this location tends to be more about sitting and enjoying the scene. You will leave entertained with a nice tan.

Trendy and Hip in Manhattan Beach

If you want to see a beautiful and trendy seaside community head to Manhattan Beach. When you get there, you might recognize many areas from your favorite TV show or movie, the town is known for making a cameo here and there. When you get to the beach itself, try a fun game of beach volleyball at the courts or take a stroll on the pier and snap some great photos before sunset. Don't leave without stopping by the aquarium at the end of the pier, which makes it a great place for the whole family to visit. If you want to enjoy the surfers and watch from afar you are in luck - there are many. If you want to try some fun water sports this is a good place to go for it. The best part is once you are ready to pack up there are dozens of hip restaurants for any of your cravings. A perfect way to make the most out of your time in the sun.

**BRENDA DURAN has over 10 years of documented success in writing within media and communication for leading publications, including: The North County Times, The Denver Post, PEOPLE, The Long Beach Press-Telegram, Us Weekly and Long Beach Magazine. Winner of more than a dozen national and regional writing awards for feature stories and breaking news. Expertise in strategic communications, social media and marketing. 

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