Southern California Beaches: Marina del Rey to Pacific Palisades Professional Review and Guide
"The wide, sandy coastline continues its course northward, where it thins in the shadows of the Santa Monica Mountains. A city the size of Los Angeles needs a huge patch of sand on which to play. This region provides this—often with space to spare. Marina del Rey is the one gap in the sand-lined shore. This is a pleasureboater’s dream port, catering to the exclusive world of yachts. There is a waveless beach here, Mother’s Beach, for those looking for a sheltered strand. Venice’s extremely wide platter of granular silica (sand) takes a backseat to the eclectic parade that proceeds down Ocean Front Walk, a wide strip of pavement running for about 0.75 mile along the beach. This is the place, seen in movies, where people perform bizarre acts from the deep recesses of society-rebelling minds. I saw what looked like the ghost of Jimi Hendrix, with his clothes still bearing the dirt of escaping the grave, rollerblading a serpentine path while attacking a helpless guitar whose strained screams were broadcast by a hip-borne amplifier. This apparition rolled by, shouting what must have been lyrics into the smiling faces of onlookers. This is part of the show that up to 150,000 people a day come to see. Ah, Venice. Unfortunately, the sand here is sometimes used as a litter box. The infamous Muscle Beach lies where the coastline blends into the shores of Santa Monica. This is pure L.A.: the beauty and the beast. Santa Monica’s vast expanse of sand sees more beach use than any other in the state. Fortunately it’s big enough to do so. The Santa Monica Pier bisects the spacious strand, creating a platform of perpetual activity by hosting a plethora of amusements for all ages. Pacific Palisades sits where the mountains start their fall into sea. This and private property have kept the coastline rather pristine. Three sandy miles of coast are available to the masses at Will Rogers State Beach, which connects to Santa Monica. The South Bay Bicycle Trail’s northern terminus is here. The trail runs southward through this region and beyond to Torrance County Beach. This eTrail includes detailed descriptions of these beaches: Mother's Beach, Venice Beach, Santa Monica State Beach, and Will Rogers State Beach."