Top 10 Things To Do In Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach is a beachfront city in greater Los Angeles, California.  This small independent city is located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles County and is bordered by Manhattan Beach to the north and Redondo Beach to the south and east.

According to some, it’s the ‘best little beach town in the US.’

Top 10 Things to Do in Hermosa Beach, California

Our travelling circus has called Hermosa Beach home for about 25 years, so I like to think we’ve found all of the best spots.

Here are our top 10 things to do in Hermosa Beach, in no particular order.

Surfing in Hermosa Beach

Surfing at Hermosa Beach Pier

Surf at the Hermosa Pier

Grab a surfboard or boogie board and surf the Hermosa Pier.  The surfing at Hermosa Pier is great for all levels, it just depends on the size of the waves that day.

You can surf on both the north and south side of the pier, but the south side is the spot to surf whether you’re a beginner or a more seasoned surfer. No surfboard? You can always rent a board at Spyder Surf shop literally on the pedestrian section of Pier Avenue, about a 1/2 block from the beach. You’ll be ready to surf and hang 10 in no time!

Body boarding and boogie boarding in Hermosa Beach


Spyder Surf Shop

Spyder Surf is by far the best surf shop in town – there are two Hermosa locations (and now one in Manhattan Beach). You can shop with the locals for surfboards & skate decks, surf clothing & other accessories in a cool shop owned by former pro surfer, Dennis Jarvis.  There are three Spyder locations, two in Hermosa Beach and one in Manhattan Beach.

Great owner, and staff (I may be biased since my son Sebastian used to work there), and the store is filled with the latest surf designs for men and women.  We like to shop local and support local businesses.

Spyder Surf, Hermosa Beach Pier

The Hermosa Beach Strand 

The Strand is happening during the day and night.  All hours of the day you’ll find this paved boardwalk filled with bikers, rollerbladers, joggers and strollers. At night, the Strand is a great place to watch people as they head to the restaurants and bars, or we take the family down to watch the epic sunsets.

The Strand at sunset in Hermosa Beach

Hermosa means "Beautiful" in Spanish

Walk the Greenbelt

The Hermosa Beach Greenbelt runs the length of the city. It was once part of a railroad easement and a local train ran right through the beach cities. A perfect escape when the kids need a run but you need a moment of peace.

Hermosa Beach greenbelt

This landscaped wood chip trail runs parallel to the Strand about 4 blocks west, and is home to butterflies, birds, succulents, and native flowers.

Any time of the day or night you can find joggers, dogs, and walkers enjoying the nature. It’s a beautiful green sanctuary if you’re looking for a change from the ocean and sand.

Sunset Dinner on the Pier

The Hermosa Beach restaurant scene is booming lately, thanks to some fabulous new chefs in town.  When we have visitors we almost always head to the Hermosa Beach Pier to sit on the patio of the latest hotspot, sip a cocktail and watch the beach scene unfold.

Some of our favorites are  Tower 12, Hook & Plow, and happy hour at Zane’s and Waterman’s.

It's always a part on Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach

Summer Concerts and Movies on the Beach

Hermosa Beach offers free Saturday movies and Sunday concerts held on the beach in August, and it’s the perfect way to wind down the weekend.

We grab our picnic, beach chairs and enjoy the evening watching the sunset on the beach with friends and neighbors.

Hermosa - the beach

Pro Volleyball in Hermosa Beach

(Pro) Beach Volleyball

Hermosa Beach is the epicenter of the entire world for beach volleyball players, and has produced many top players and professionals.

If you walk the Strand, you’ll always see intense serving and spiking action, and if you look closely you might even spot a few of our home-grown Olympic gold medalists.

Volleyball in Hermosa Beach at sunset

Hermosa Beach Farmer’s Market

Best Farmer’s Market ever (I might be slightly biased) with gorgeous ocean views. Tucked away on Valley Drive between 10th and 8th streets, this is where the locals shop. Set in the heart of downtown at Pier Plaza,  vendors sell fruits, veggies and other grocery items. We like to stroll the market for produce, and then stop at one of the surrounding local restaurants for lunch.

 Xchotli Soup at El Gringo

El Gringo is our favorite local restaurant for fast, fresh Mexican food. [The original Hermosa Beach location has closed, but it’s around the corner in Manhattan Beach]. It’s hard to beat the stunning rooftop deck overlooking the ocean and the consistent quality of the food makes it our go-to restaurant for casual family dinners, or takeout. My favorite menu item is Xchotli Soup (pronounced “soul-chee”) – it’s SO good!

Happiness is Hermosa Beach after a burrito

Beach Night with Friends

There’s nothing we love more than getting a text from friends on a Friday afternoon saying “Anyone up for beach night?”   That’s the basic code for let’s bring some snacks and drinks to share, pack them in the back of your chair, and meet on the water’s edge to chat with friends drink some cocktails and enjoy where we live.

We also order pizza and they’ll deliver to us right at the oceanfront! There’s really nothing we’d rather do. Hermosa Beach has it covered.

sunny hermosa beach as the sun sets

Hermosa Beach: Hidden Gems and Insider Secrets

This slice of coastal paradise is more than just sunsets and volleyball. A few other secrets that the brochures will skip, but could make your visit more memorable.

  • Comedy and Magic Club: This spot might not be a secret to the locals, but if you’re visiting, it’s a must. You never know who might show up for a surprise set. We’re talking about big names who want to test new material in a more intimate setting. It’s a fun with a group — and if you’re lucky, you might just catch someone famous making a joke about…well, who knows?
  • Hidden Art: Keep your eyes peeled for the murals and street art that adorn some unexpected corners and alleys. They’re Instagram gold, and you’ll likely not find a crowd jostling for position to snap a pic. The main parking structure in downtown has a fantastic volleyball mural by Bo Bridges. It’s like the town is whispering its history and culture to those curious enough to look.
  • Rooftop Yoga with Ocean Views: Imagine greeting the sunrise or saying farewell to the sun with a yoga session on a rooftop overlooking the Pacific. Hidden away, there are several local studios and wellness groups offer these serene classes. A little inquiry at Harmony Yoga or a quick chat with the friendly folks at The Beach House Spa might just secure you a spot. Combine the tranquillity of yoga with breathtaking views and snag a moment of peace in Hermosa Beach.

Remember, it’s all about the adventure and the stories you’ll tell later. And in Hermosa Beach, there’s no shortage of tales waiting to be discovered.

Where is your favorite beach town? Does it rival Hermosa Beach?

Let me know in the comments below!

About The Author


I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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