Check out L.A.’s Laid Back South Bay!

I might live in San Diego, but I grew up an L.A. kid. Once an Angelino, always an Angelino. I love L.A. like only a local can. That big amazing city is full of anything and everything you could possibly want in life, and plenty of things you don’t want. It’s a city of extremes. It’s big. It’s loud. It’s both beautiful and ugly at the same time. It’s full of traffic, but it’s also full of delights.

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To me, L.A. is a wonderful place, but I’ve heard many people say they hate it. They think it’s too crowded, too ugly, too noisy, too stressful, too dangerous, and the list goes on and on. L.A. is a city that polarizes people. You either love it or you hate it. I love it more than anything, but if you find it to be too much, you might want to be looking for somewhere to escape it all.

The good news is, you don’t have to go far.

My husband is from a lovely area of Los Angeles known locally as the South Bay. This encompasses Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and more. It is located North of the Long Beach Harbor, but South of LAX airport, and things are a little more chill in the South Bay.

If you find yourself in the crush of noise and traffic and you want to go somewhere with a more laid back vibe, I definitely recommend you head to this area.

I would write more, but the pictures are worth 1,000 words.

Have you spent any time in the South Bay of L.A.? I would love to hear about your experiences!


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  1. I lived in the South Bay for a year during the mid-1990’s. Playing beach volleyball in Manhattan Beach’s after-work league, riding bikes along The Strand, drawing the colorful sunsets from my beach chair on Hermosa Beach. The gently-floating mist in yellowish lamplight during nighttime walks along the Strand, while serenaded by the tranquil rhythm of the unseen ocean. Marveling at (and participating in) the good-hearted revelry along Venice Beach’s boardwalk. Many, many memories. Thank you for this series of posts regarding the LA basin; I’m thoroughly enjoying your photos and stories!

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    • I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my posts! I definitely write about L.A. a lot since I grew up there and still spend a lot of time there. It sounds like you definitely had the quintessential South Bay experience while you were living there…awesome!


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