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The Pacific Palisades district of Los Angeles is surrounded by excellent beaches. This part of LA has just a narrow strip of sand to call its own, but it is sandwiched between Santa Monica and Malibu.

If you are staying in Pacific Palisades your closest beaches are Will Rogers State Beach, Santa Monica State Beach, and Sunset Point Beach. These three are worthy beaches. Will Rogers State Beach is long wide and sandy with lots of room to spread out. The north beach at Santa Monica State Beach is similar to Will Rogers and has a paved path that leads south to the Santa Monica Pier where you’ll find lots of food and entertainment options. Sunset Beach is right below Gladstones Restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway and is usually a bit quieter than the other beaches.


Venice Beach isn’t far away if you are ok with crowds and enjoy people watching. There is always so much going on at the Venice beaches.

For more peace and quiet there are many fabulous beaches in Malibu. The closest to Pacific Palisades is Topanga Beach but it’s best for surfing. Beyond that beach there are top notch strands that are great for long beach walks in front of multi-million dollar Malibu homes. Carbon Beach is one of our favorites. Just avoid the highest tides when these narrow beaches are all wet.

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    Will Rogers State Beach

    Will Rogers State Beach is a state park operated by Los Angeles County that occupies the entire waterfront of the Pacific Palisades District of Los Angeles. The southern section of […]

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    Santa Monica State Beach – North Beach

    The north part of Santa Monica State Beach is a wide sandy beach that runs north from the Santa Monica Pier to the city border where Will Rogers State Beach […]

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    Sorrento Beach

    Sorrento Beach is the northernmost beach in Santa Monica State Beach. The parking lot is located on Pacific Coast Highway at Montana Ave if the street continued all the way […]

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    Sunset Point Beach

    Sunset Point Beach, aka Sunset Beach, is located in the Pacific Palisades district of Los Angeles and is the northernmost beach in Will Rogers State Beach. This narrow beach north […]

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    Topanga Beach

    Topanga Beach is the closest Malibu California beach to Los Angeles. The Eastern Malibu coast faces south and Topanga Beach is at the east end next to the Pacific Palisades […]

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    Pacific Palisades

    Pacific Palisades has easy access to the beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu