What activities can one do in the Los Angeles area for a day? The real question is what isn’t there to do in Los Angeles for a day? With so many hot spots and things to do in Los Angeles from Hollywood to Venice, Santa Monica, and Downtown, it’s hard to choose just one location to fill up twenty-four hours. But don’t forget about the often-neglected middle child, the South Bay, as it has just as much to offer as its neighboring cities.
Most people don’t know that the South Bay offers just as many hiking spots as the Hollywood Hills or Malibu, and with equally stunning views. A good way to start a day in South Bay is to take a hike in beautiful Rancho Palos Verdes. Although PV is deep in the South Bay, the views on the hike are more than worth the drive!
A favorite path is the Shipwreck Hiking Trail, which starts at the intersection of Cloyden and Paseo Del Mar. Find the storm drain that sits between two houses at this intersection. Walk down along the storm drain until you hit the shore, and then walk along the rocky beach for about two miles. You will see parts of the shipwreck strewn on the shore, and you can also explore the small tide pools along the way. After about two miles, you will hit the wreckage of a Greek freighter called the Dominator that ran aground in 1961. The hike is not too strenuous and provides spectacular ocean views.
After the hike, it’s time to recharge and refuel. Head to Manhattan Beach to grab brunch at North End Café, a small, family-owned restaurant known for amazing breakfast sandwiches. Recently featured on Guy Fieri’s Food Networks show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the café is conveniently located a few blocks up from the beach, so there’s no excuse for heading to the beach after your meal to catch some rays and cool off in the ocean.
As the sun starts to set, pack up your beach stuff and get ready for Happy Hour on Hermosa Pier. Hermosa Pier is within walking distance from Manhattan Beach and features a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. You’ll find great Happy Hour deals and decent bar food at Hennessy’s, and a fun local crowd later on at Ocean Bar. Located a few blocks up from the pier, Ocean Bar features three levels with a rooftop bar, an indoor dancing area, and a more relaxing ground floor bar, and is the perfect place to end your day in the South Bay.
Daniel Hogan is a writer at Party Earth, a global media and entertainment company that publishes reviews and listings of the best social experiences around the world, including bars in Paris, pubs in London, beaches in Ibiza, plazas in Rome, things to do in Los Angeles, festivals and concerts everywhere, and more.