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Good beaches for surfing, to see and be seen, and in brief, to spend an enjoyable evening.

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Venice Beach

The most alternative area.

Bohemians, students, hippies and, in general, all kinds of contemporaries congregate in this part of California. The city, located less than half an hour from Santa Monica, has a beach which is very popular amongst body-builders and has been portrayed in several films and television series. There is Muscle Beach, where in recent years several volleyball courts have sprung up. Another area more appropriate for swimming is South Bay, made up of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach. These beaches are often used by young people to practise all kinds of sporting activities, which range from swimming through surfing or skating to volleyball. In fact, it is said that it was here, in the first decade of the 20th century, that surfing became popular. On the Old Historic Pier, a statue pays tribute to ‘the man who walked on water’, in reference to the Hawaiian who appeared here with the first surfboard. The city also has several bridges crossing the canals, some of them from the 19th century, giving the place a certain Venetian look (in fact, that’s why it was called Venice). It is worth taking a look around Marina del Rey, to the south of the city, which houses more than 10,000 yachts and other boats.



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