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Hermosa Beach is great for sunbathing, volleyball, surfing, paddle boarding, biking, kayaking, rollerblading, skateboarding and general people watching.
To get the Hermosa Beach vibe, head down to Pier Ave and the Strand at the foot of the Hermosa Pier. On Pier Ave you’ll find mostly local restaurants and bars. If you are coming from PCH, keep heading west (towards the ocean) and you’ll find the Hermosa Pier at the Strand.
If you are on a bike, just make sure that when the light is flashing you walk it near the Pier. You will get a ticket. Really.
While the beach front homes on the Strand are quite expensive (budget in the multiple millions to buy on the Strand), Hermosa Beach homes are usually priced lower than comparable Manhattan Beach properties. They are, however, often more expensive than Redondo Beach properties of the same size.
One thing that’s really cool about Hermosa Beach is that many homes have roof top decks with ocean views. So you don’t have to live on the Strand which are great for entertaining or just taking in the views.