Some Southern California Beaches
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California beach communities all have a unique atmosphere. I calculated that being near the vast blue Pacific Ocean gives a sense of serenity that noticeably reflects on the behavior of the people living in those communities as opposed to those living within the concrete jungle just kilometers inland. It seems that the people of the Southern California beach towns tend to be much less stressed, friendly, active, creative, and open to outsiders.
Venice Beach is among my favorites for spending a day or afternoon. The 'strand' there is alive with color and character by visitors from all over the world, arts and craft venders, street entertainers, restaurants, shops, and sidewalk cafes. Bronze statues snap to life while jugglers, magicians, palm readers, and artists ply their skills and Valley and Beach girls rollerblade by.
The tall sides of many of the buildings at Venice Beach are brilliantly painted with massive murals or creative advertisements. Graffiti at its finest. Some of the works (and regular entertainers) have been featured in National Geographic magazine. The beach itself comes to life with the pounding rhythms of African drums as dozens of friends and strangers gather for afternoon jam sessions. Bicycle rentals are available and affordable, and the well-groomed Bike Path makes for an easy pedal to the nearby Santa Monica Pier with its amusement park and even more eateries, shops, and venders.
Other Los Angeles beach or marina communities include Marina del Rey, Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo, Palos Verdes, and Long Beach and are also well worth a visit. I am not familiar with the well-known, popular surfing beaches further south from Long Beach; Huntington Beach, Dana Point, and others. I found all of the beach communities that I visited made for a much more personal and memorable experience than the usual tourist attractions of Los Angeles. A day at Venice Beach is always at the top of my list.