Welcome to Hermosa Beach
A fun-loving seaside beach town with a strong sense of community
Hermosa Beach, which means “beautiful beach” in Spanish, is indeed gorgeous. But, Hermosa Beach has much more to offer than the beauty packed into its 1.3 square mile city limits. This quintessential beach town is everything you’d want and expect a relaxed Southern California beach community to be. Originally part of the 1784 Rancho San Pedro Spanish land grant, today Hermosa Beach is populated by breezy, mellow locals. Phenomenal beachfront homes and charming lots dot the landscape of Hermosa Beach, where residents enjoy great year-round weather and plenty of outdoor activities.
What to Love
- Fun, hip vibe with a community feel
- High walkability
- Perfect year-round weather
- Pier Plaza with shopping and dining opportunities
Being so close to the Pacific Ocean, it’s no surprise that Hermosa Beach locals enjoy spending time outdoors. This small, seaside town has some of the cleanest beaches in California, and you’ll often find residents recreating on its white sandy beaches. Surfing, swimming, beach volleyball, beach tennis, biking, and jogging are popular pastime activities. A portion of The Strand also makes its way through this idyllic beach city with a wide, paved bike and pedestrian path that connects South Bay beaches, starting north at Will Rogers State Beach near Santa Monica and stretching to the south end of Redondo at RAT beach. You can bike, jog, or stroll this path that hugs the Pacific Coast.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Hermosa Beach has many small, local shops, cafes, pubs, and dining options that contribute to the close-knit beach community feel. Pier Plaza is the heart of Hermosa Beach, where you can find interesting shops, catch amazing sunsets on the pier, take in a show at the Comedy & Magic Club, or listen to some live jazz and enjoy a memorable meal at The Lighthouse Cafe, a neighborhood staple since 1949.
You've likely worked up quite the appetite after a full day out and about in Hermosa Beach — lucky for you, Hermosa Beach has numerous dining options packed within its 1.3 square mile borders. La Playita Mexican Cafe serves up seaside healthy Mexican fare with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. If fine dining is more your speed, you definitely need to reserve a table at Michelin-rated Baran's 2239, offering farm-to-fork California cuisine.
Things to Do
If there is one thing Hermosa Beach is known for, it’s the community events held throughout the year. You've probably had a movie night before, but have you ever had movie night on the sand? Well, in Hermosa Beach, you can! Hermosa Movies at the Beach is where you can watch movies on the sand during the warm summer months. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. Hermosa Beach hosts Fiesta Hermosa on Memorial and Labor Day weekends twice per year. The Fiesta Hermosa is a family-friendly carnival atmosphere with food, rides, artisan booths, and more. If you find yourself in Hermosa Beach during these weekends, you won't want to miss it.
Every New Year’s Eve, revelers gather at Pier Plaza to ring in the new year, beach life-style. There are entertainment options and countdowns for both east coast and west coast times. New Year's Eve isn’t the only time Hermosa Beach locals gather to celebrate. St. Patrick’s Day in fun-loving Hermosa Beach is a big deal. Both Pier Avenue and Hermosa Avenue are closed off to establish a parade route where unique vehicles and parade participants pass out trinkets to attendees lining the parade route.
Hermosa Beach City School District is a small public school district serving families in the community of Hermosa Beach. Hermosa Beach City School District is not part of the Los Angeles Unified School District and consistently ranks far above state averages in testing and other metrics.