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Beach volleyball is basically a rite of passage for anyone who grows up near the Southern California coast. With the wonderful weather and abundant permanent courts, the California coast is arguably the beach volleyball capital of the world. When it comes to the beaches of Southern California, these 10 volleyball hotspots are known as the best of the best.

Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles

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Not only is Manhattan Beach one of the most visually stunning beaches in Southern California, but it’s the home of the AVP Manhattan Beach Open. Walk to the end of the pier and you’ll notice all the plaques with the names of former winners. If you’re in need of some help to step up your game, the local Parks & Rec department offers beach volleyball lessons.

Ocean Beach, San Diego

If you approach the Ocean Beach volleyball courts, be prepared to walk right into a match. The area is usually crawling with both experienced players and volleyball novices, so you won’t have to worry if you’re not an expert. It’s all about having fun and enjoying yourself at Ocean Beach.

Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles

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If you’re hoping to score a tournament-grade court for your group here, make sure you early—before 9 AM is best on a weekend. If you’re more of a beginner, the courts to the south might be more your speed. The sand is deep at Hermosa Beach, so if you can hop here, you can hop anywhere.

Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles

Playa Del Rey is the halfway point for volleyball pros traveling from Malibu to meet their counterparts from Orange County. It’s isolated, but it gets busy. You can enjoy the view of boats moving in and out of the marina while you play.

Sorrento, Santa Monica

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Sorrento Beach is located about 1.2 miles north of the Santa Monica Pier. It’s long been the gathering spot for many volleyball players, both beginners and the more advanced teams. Five-time Manhattan Beach Open Champion Jim Menges got his start there.

Oceanside City Beach

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The Oceanside Beach Volleyball Club has a program for young volleyball players to improve their skills and compete locally. For everyone else, the beach has plenty of open space to set up a net.

Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach


Sunset Beach is a seaside mile-long beach community in Orange County. Bordered by hotels and multi million dollar homes, it’s the perfect destination for anyone who wants a true beach vacation. There are great sand volleyball courts available for public use.

Long Beach

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Long Beach ranks as having the best parks system in the country. And the beach must be inviting to volleyball players considering one of the world’s top athletes, Misty May Treanor, lived there for years. There several beaches with sand volleyball courts to choose from, including Alamitos Beach and Belmont Shore Beach.

Hollywood Beach, Oxnard

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Oxnard’s Hollywood Beach was once a place where celebrities of the Golden Age of Film would go to escape the chaos of film sets. These days, it’s the perfect place to play a relaxing beach volleyball match.

South Mission Beach, San Diego

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Centrally located Mission Beach is a classic gathering place for tourists and locals alike. Their sand courts are available for public use, though you’ll have to get there at just the right time to secure one. Most courts are located at the south end of the peninsula at South Mission Beach.

Beaches on this list

  • 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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  • Ocean Beach City Beach

    Ocean Beach City Beach is the main beach in the San Diego neighborhood of Ocean Beach. This is a wide sandy beach that has formed at the south side of […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Oceanside Harbor Beach

    Oceanside Harbor Beach is a wide sandy beach in front of Oceanside’s harbor. The beach is boxed in by two rock jetties at both ends which seems to hold in […]

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  • Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach (the beach) is a wide sandy public beach in the Huntington Beach community of Sunset Beach. Sunset County Beach, as it is often called, is located about two […]

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  • Alamitos Beach

    Alamitos Beach is the western end of Long Beach City Beach near the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Alamitos Avenue, hence the beach name. Despite the name this beach is […]

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  • Belmont Shore Beach

    Belmont Shore Beach spans the waterfront of the Belmont Shore neighborhood in Long Beach, CA. Generally this beach is between the Belmont Pier area and 55th Place. South of 55th […]

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  • Hollywood Beach

    Hollywood Beach in Oxnard is located on the south end of the peninsula that separates Channel Islands Harbor from the ocean. Hollywood Beach is wide and about a mile long. […]

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  • South Mission Beach

    South Mission Beach is at the extreme south end of the Mission Beach Peninsula at the Mission Bay Channel Entrance. There is a grass park there with picnic tables, restrooms, […]

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