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IMG_4552 LAX Airport Playa Del Rey Beach Bryce (Custom)

Millions of personal and business travelers fly through Los Angeles International Airport each year and many have time to stop at the beach before or after their flights. LAX Airport is one of the largest and busiest airports on the west coast. Luckily, it is right on the shores of Santa Monica Bay and has many excellent beaches nearby.

The closest beaches to LAX are in Dockweiler State Beach. This state park has several different day-use access points. North to south they include Playa Del Rey Beach, Dockweiler Main Beach, and Dockweiler South Beach. If you don’t have a lot of time these beaches will suffice. We hit Playa Del Rey Beach before a recent flight out of LAX and it worked great for getting some rays and walking barefoot in the sand. That said, better beaches can be found farther up and down the coast.

South of LAX and just west of Highway 1 (Sepulveda Blvd) you’ll find El Segundo Beach, El Porto Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Hermosa Beach. Of these, we recommend you drive a little farther to Manhattan or Hermosa. Both of these beaches have excellent piers to walk out onto, lots of shops, and well-known restaurants. These two beaches will be noticeably more densely packed. If you want a little more space, head to El Porto.

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The pier at Manhattan Beach

North of LAX and just west of Highway 1 (Lincoln Blvd) there are several good options too. The best beach to the north is probably Santa Monica State Beach, but it’s also the longest drive which can be significant during rush hour. Santa Monica Beach has a family-friendly pier, nice parks, and loads of people. Venice Pier and Venice Beach are closer to LAX and are fun places to check out. Venice has clean sandy beaches, lots of food options, and a funky vibe.

Below you’ll find a list of the best beaches near LAX in the order mentioned.

Beaches on this list

  • Playa Del Rey Beach

    Playa Del Rey Beach is the wide sandy beach in front of the Playa Del Rey neighborhood of Los Angeles. The beach is northwest of LAX Airport on state land […]

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  • Dockweiler State Beach

    Dockweiler State Beach is the long beach west of the LAX Airport in the Playa Del Rey District of Los Angeles. Even though the land in the park is state-owned, […]

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  • Dockweiler State Beach – South Beach

    The South Beach in Dockweiler State Beach is at what is known as the Bluff Parking Lot. The main Dockweiler entrance is where Imperial Highway ends at the ocean, but […]

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  • El Segundo Beach

    El Segundo, California only has a small area of waterfront between its neighbors Manhattan Beach to the south and Playa Del Rey to the north. The entire El Segundo Beach […]

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  • El Porto Beach

    El Porto Beach is located in front of the El Porto Neighborhood of northern Manhattan Beach, CA. The waves in this area are often times larger than nearby beaches so […]

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  • Manhattan County Beach

    Manhattan Beach (the beach) is the main beach of the city of Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles County. It’s a popular beach that becomes a madhouse on weekends especially near […]

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  • Hermosa City Beach

    Hermosa City Beach occupies the entire waterfront in the city of Hermosa Beach in LA County. It starts at King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach and continues north for nearly […]

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  • Santa Monica State Beach – South Beach

    The south part of Santa Monica State Beach is located south of the Santa Monica Pier and north of Venice Beach. On the other side of the pier you’ll find […]

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  • Venice Pier Beach

    The Venice Pier Beach is at the long fishing pier jutting out into the Pacific Ocean from the Venice District of Los Angeles. This area of LA has a reputation […]

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  • Venice City Beach

    Venice City Beach is the main beach in the Venice District of Los Angeles. It stretches from the Venice Pier up to the north end of the Venice District at […]

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