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 some fabulous beaches in 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 you’ll find 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 ideal for long beach walks in front of multi-million dollar Malibu homes. Carbon Beach is one of our favorite hidden beaches of Malibu. Just avoid the highest tides as these narrow beaches can be all wet.