Best Beach

This laid-back oasis fits the bill.

from Reader's Digest Magazine

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.

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