Hermosa Beach Fun in the Sun in a Premier Los Angeles Beach City

Hermosa Beach in Southern California's South Bay is a beautiful, fairly small beach city overlooking the Santa Monica mountains to the north. Its beach plaza is always brimming with fun.

Hermosa Beach or "Beautiful" Beach was once a vast sweep of rolling hills with herds of sheep grazing on barley fields that stretched to the Pacific Ocean. The 20th century ushered in change as the city joined a growing list of those incorporated on January 14, 1907. 

Although those hills are now filled with hotels, shops, restaurants and houses, a passion for nature caused the city to declare itself a sanctuary. Resolution No. N.S. 2778, enacted June 5, 1968, declared all areas within the City of Hermosa Beach to be a Wild Bird Sanctuary, with all residents and visitors requested and urged to protect the wild bird population. 

Buzzing with activity, Hermosa offers hotel rooms on the beach with swings for children, volleyball nets, surfing, swimming, roller blading and shopping and dining all in one place. You can park your car and never have to drive.

The small but active city and residents know how to enjoy their natural resources. Take, for instance the Sand Snowman Contest. Held in December, people flock to the beach to compete for the awards of "Best California Snowman" or "Best Dressed" categories. Be forewarned that sand sculpting is an occupation in California so the novice may face some heavy competition if not prepared.

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Every Friday  the Farmers' Market from 12 noon to 4 pm, rain or shine. at Valley Drive between 8th and 10th Streets.   Strawberries, tomatoes, squash, artichokes, asparagus and pistachios sold by certified farmers who grow the products at local farms.  Sponsored by the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce


Annual SAND & STRAND RUN  in February

This is the second oldest standing run in the L.A. area. Unique is its course design, with 45% of the run on the Strand and 55% on the beach. 


Annual St. Patrick's day parade with a two day festival 

August-  International Surf Festival Sponsored by Beach Cities Health District the Chambers and Cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors

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Hermosa Beach bikes and skaters

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