at the very end of Linden Avenue, this beach is easily one
of the most beautiful anywhere. The southern
exposure makes for even bathing and superb crosswinds. For
years it was lauded as one of safest in the world.
The combination of the Channel Islands (which you can see
quite well) and the long slopping sea floor minimize
undercurrents, providing bathers with an extra measure of
The sands are well tended
and merge seamlessly into the State Park. There are
lifeguards on duty during the summer and the abundance of
vacation rentals give this part of town a decidedly
Free parking is usually
something of a problem but you can enter via Palm and pay
$5 for a day in the State Park lot.
bathroom facilities, volleyball, surfing, and foot rinse
stations. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer
and the beach is raked often. Make sure to bring
those jelly shoes to this beach, as there are active tar
leaks in and among the rocks.
For all of its amenities
and central location, however, this beach is not well
visited by vendors. Four blocks down Linden you will
find them but that means abandoning your gear, finding
your shoes, etc. With the exception of the occasional ice
cream truck, you won't find easy access to water, food, or
snacks. Make sure to bring your own.