The wide flat beach makes Hermosa Beach one of the most popular places to play beach volleyball, from professional to amateur. It’s also ideal for sunbathing, surfing, and paddle boarding. The Strand bicycle path runs along Hermosa’s beach from Torrance Beach in the south, all the way to Santa Monica in the north. It’s a flat easy path that’s great for walkers, joggers and biking. Of the three Beach Cities, only Hermosa Beach owns its own beach. The other two cities’ beaches are owned by the county of Los Angeles.
The Hermosa Beach Pier sits at the end of Pier Avenue, which is one of the beach community’s main shopping, eating and partying areas, known for its bars and nightlife.
The city itself extends only about 15 blocks from east to west and 40 blocks from north to south. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles. Situated on the Pacific Ocean, Hermosa’s average temperature is 70 degrees in the summer and 55 degrees in the winter. As a general rule, the temperature is from 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than it is inland and westerly sea breezes keep the air fresh and clean, making smog less of a problem for Hermosa Beach than elsewhere around Los Angeles.
Hermosa Beach was originally part of the 1784 Rancho San Pedro Spanish land grant that later became the ten-mile ocean frontage of Rancho Sausal Redondo. In early days, Hermosa Beach — like so many of its neighboring cities (Inglewood, Lawndale, Torrance) — was one vast sweep of rolling hills covered with fields of grain. On January 14, 1907, Hermosa Beach became the nineteenth incorporated city of Los Angeles County. Hermosa is a Spanish word meaning “beautiful.”
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Points of Interest
The City of Hermosa Beach has over 20 parks and parkettes throughout the City, all offering residents ample green space for picnics, outings and sporting events. There are three large fields, located at Valley Park, Clark Stadium and South Park, that are home to several youth and adult sport leagues. Those listed below are some of the larger parks.
Hermosa Valley Greenbelt (Veterans Parkway)
Cypress Park & Clark Field
Edith Rodaway Friendship Park
Kay Etow Park
Hermosa Beach in Popular Media
Numerous movies and TV shows have been filmed in and around the city: