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Visiting Hollywood and want to see beaches too? Hollywood is an inland district of LA but it still has easy access to beaches in Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu, Marina Del Rey, and other Los Angeles coastal communities. Santa Monica Boulevard (California State Hwy 2) and I-10 both end at the waterfront in Santa Monica, but the latter is often faster. Even though Hollywood is just 12 miles to the coast, plan on at least a half-hour drive which can be much worse during rush hour.

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Find parking in the area and then head out to the food and fun at Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier. From there if you walk north you’ll be on Santa Monica State Beach’s north strand which continues up to Will Rogers State Beach. If you walk south from the pier you’ll be on South Beach which continues to Venice City Beach and then to Venice Pier Beach.

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Malibu is nearby and Sunset Boulevard is a great way to get there from Hollywood. Malibu has a host of famous beaches along Pacific Coast Highway that includes Surfrider, Zuma, and El Matador Beach, but this long south-facing coastline also has some of the best hidden beaches where you can find solitude (we have hidden one of the map above!).

Other popular beaches on Santa Monica Bay that are not far from Hollywood can be found at Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach. Each has a pier, shops, restaurants, ample sand and lifeguards.

Palm trees and Pier at Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles at sunset.

See the map above and the list of suggested beaches near Hollywood below.

Beaches on this map

  • 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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  • 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 – 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 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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  • 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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  • Malibu Surfrider Beach

    Malibu Surfrider Beach is the popular sandy beach and surfing spot between the Malibu Pier and the Malibu Lagoon. Surfrider Beach is part of Malibu Lagoon State Beach which has […]

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  • Zuma Beach

    Zuma Beach is a Los Angeles county park facility in Malibu. It’s a long wide beach with enough parking spaces for the Superbowl. The main beach at Zuma is about […]

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  • Escondido Beach

    Escondido Beach is a south-facing sandy beach east of Point Dume in Malibu, CA. The most direct beach access is a public gate at the bridge over Escondido Creek next […]

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  • El Matador State Beach

    El Matador Beach is one of three beaches within Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach. El Matador is the most popular of the three and the closest to Malibu. The […]

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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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  • Redondo County Beach

    Redondo County Beach is a 1.5 mile long sandy beach that makes up the waterfront of Redondo Beach, CA. The main part of Redondo County Beach starts at the Redondo […]

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Other locations on this map

  • Hollywood

    Without traffic it is a short drive from Hollywood to the beaches on Santa Monica Bay.