Hawaii’s beaches are the unquestionable champs, but our pick for best continental U.S. sands is Hermosa Beach, an hour’s drive from downtown L.A. Hermosa is Spanish for “beautiful” and this laid-back oasis fits the bill, boasting 1.5 miles of sparkling white sand, a boardwalk (“The Strand”) and the waters of the Pacific. No surprise that it made the Travel Channel’s list of America’s Best Beaches. Serious volleyball abounds; there’s year-round surfing for those who’d like to shoot the curl. Stroll, bike or blade down the boardwalk, or just relax and soak up the sun. It’s all good.
This laid-back oasis fits the bill.from Reader's Digest Magazine