With year-round sun and surf weather, California is the perfect place to get some much needed R&R. One area in particular boasts some of the best attractions and beaches that California has to offer- Los Angeles. From the coastlines of Malibu to the docks of Redondo, the beaches are plenty!

If you’re looking for a more relaxing time in the water, away from the hustle and bustle of a busy beach, Los Angeles also has great swimming holes that will fill your need for the outdoors. It’s the best of both worlds! Take a dip, and go on a hike. What’s better than that?

Whether you’re a surfer looking to ride a big wave or a family who wants to take a fun day trip, you’ll find the right place for you on our list of Los Angeles’ best places to swim:

Malibu Creek Rock Pool

AquaMobile Swim presents Los Angeles' best places to swim: Malibu Creek Rock Pool

This beautiful natural pool is tucked away in Malibu Creek State Park. Visitors need take a 2.5 mile hike through scenic trails to get to the Malibu Creek Rock Pool. If you’re not too excited about the hike, don’t worry it’ll definitely be worth it! Malibu Creek Rock Pool offers one of Los Angeles’ most scenic swimming holes and it’s perfect for thrill seekers and sunbathers.

Switzer Falls

AquaMobile Swim presents Los Angeles' best places to swim: Switzer Falls

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Located in Angeles National Forest, it’s one of the largest and most accessible waterfalls in the park. After a 3 mile hike, you’re met with an amazing waterfall that will keep you in awe! Switzer Falls offers visitors a very scenic trail with additional pools along the way, just in case the falls are too crowded. It’s a great option for people who want to experience a nature filled day!

Santa Monica State Beach

AquaMobile Swim presents Los Angeles' best places to swim: Santa Monica State Beach

If hiking through miles of nature trails isn’t your thing, no worries! Los Angeles has a lot of beaches for people who just want to relax and hang out by the ocean. Santa Monica State Beach is a great destination for everyone. Whether you’re a tourist looking for the best Instagram pic or a local trying to catch some waves. This beach will have everything you need.

Stretching along Santa Monica itself, this beach offers awesome views and most of the amenities families need for a fun day out at the beach. The main attraction, other than the beautiful beach itself, is the Santa Monica Pier. Over three blocks in length, Santa Monica Pier is a great place for tourists and families to indulge in fun games and food!

Surfrider Beach

AquaMobile Swim presents the best places to swim in Los Angeles: Surfrider Beach
The name says it all, this beach is a surfer’s paradise. Surfrider beach was made famous by legendary surfers, and offers awesome waves for a full day of surfing. If you’re not a surfer that’s ok too because this beach is great for spectating! This beach is definitely a must see when you’re in Los Angeles. Perfect for tourists and locals alike, there’s never a dull moment on Surfrider Beach.

El Matador State Beach

AquaMobile Swim presents the best places to swim in Los Angeles: El Matador State Beach
Finally, El Matador State Beach. This beach is small, but beautiful, and it’s a great option for a quiet and intimate outing. The rocky terrain can make it a bit difficult to get to, but the views and beach will make it worth it. Stroll along the sand during a sunset and you’ll be sure to fall in love with this beach.

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